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Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up (11)

Weekly Wrap Up is a summary of the current week's blog posts, a look at what you'll find on the blog next week, and a overview of books I read this week!
This Week at The Hiding Spot
Q&A Session: Jeff Strand/I Have a Bad Feeling About This (Interview)
Review: Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda (Review)
Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (Review)
Review: The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (Review)
Story Time: New and Notable Picture Books (Feature
Next Week
Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan (Review)
Review: The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi (Review)
Q&A Session with Adi Rule/Strange Sweet Song (Interview)
Review: The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors (Review)
Review: The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (Review)
Story Time: New and Notable Picture Books (Feature)

Read This Week

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
This MG steampunk fantasy novel was seriously fantastic. Not only is it fast paced and set in a well-developed world, the three main characters complement one another perfectly. Plus it's a standalone, which is refreshing with the number of fantasy trilogies on shelves right now! I reviewed this one on Thursday - you can find my review here. (Goodreads)

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann
It's National Poetry Month, so I'm really indulging in poetry collections and verse novels this month! This collection by Christine Heppermann doesn't release until September, but it needs to be on your must-read list. The poems in this collection reference fairy tales and myth but are given a modern reworking, referencing heavy and complex themes like eating disorders, pop culture, & standards of beauty. (Goodreads)

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson (& Veronica Chambers)
I technically read this for one of my classes this semester (The Story of Food at University of Illinois). I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. Samuelsson, an Ethiopian orphan who was adopted by a white Swedish family who went on to come a world renowned chef, has a really interesting history and a candid voice. I definitely recommend this memoir for foodies, but also anyone that just likes a really great, inspiring story. (Goodreads)

We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The first rule about Liars Club is that you don't talk about Liars Club. Those of you who have read it know what I mean, but, my point is, this book is best enjoyed when you know nothing about it. And trust me, you will enjoy it. Keep an eye out for my review in May. And now I will stop typing before I spoil something. (Seriously, preorder this book because the only way that people are going to be able to discuss this one openly is if everyone reads it!) (Goodreads)

Elevated by Elana Johnson
I had to check out this verse novel because that cover is so darn cute. I mean, look at that outfit! Also, Poetry Month! This verse novel could have been a bit stronger in terms of character development, but I still enjoyed it. Look for my review later this month. (Goodreads)

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
I really love Rachel Hawkins' books. Her characters are all sassy and snarky, there's always good romantic tension, and badass action scenes. This new book is just as good as her Hex Hall novels; fans won't be disappointed! I'll be reviewing this one soon. (Goodreads)

Tell me what you've been reading in the comments! Have we read any books in common lately? Have you read WE WERE LIARS and want to have a super secret conversation/lovefest about it?


  1. I would love to read WE WERE LIARS but I have to wait until May :( Based on what you said about it and what people said on Goodread, it seems to be something big. And since it's National Poetry Month in Canada too, I will try to find a good poetry book at the Book Fair in my city next week :)

  2. I heard so many good things about We Were Liars, plus that synopsis is just too good!

  3. I cannot wait to read Rebel Belle!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. You are a super fast reader! I can't believe you read all those book this week. I have pushed The Mark of The Dragonfly and Poisoned Apples up on my TBR! =)

  5. Poisoned Apples looks great! I am reading a lot of poetry this month, too. I am reading Pablo Neruda, one of my fave poets, right now. I've heard of We Were Liars before but I can't recall what was said about it. I will have to remember to walk into it blind. If I put it on my Kindle and don't read it for a few months, the problem will sort itself out lol

  6. Thanks for the verse novels suggestions. I haven't read a verse novel before, so I might start with a French one.
    Soon as WE WERE LIARS is out, I will read it :)

  7. I want to read We Were Liars sooo bad! I see the reviews, but they're all like "I can barely review this or it'll give everything away", lol, I still don't really know what it's about!! x)


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