Weekly Update #12 | 01/05 – 01/11

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. I’ll also be linking to Stacking the Shelves a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Happy Sunday! We’re experiencing a record rainfall / freezing rain storm currently. It’s so yuck out. Perfect weather for staying inside, doing chores, and of course – reading.

This week went by in a blur. Work was super busy this week but I felt on top of it and productive. First full week of the year off to a great start.

My goals for 2020 are going pretty well so far. Been putting myself in a no-spend mindset for a bit to 1) save money, 2) not bring useless crap into the apartment. My partner and I are taking part in Dry January and still going strong. We feel healthier and we’re not spending cash on booze!

That’s all I have to say for this week. I am putting out into the void that next week is just as productive, positive and mindful. Have a great week everyone!

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Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #56

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

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The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

Published on: December 30th 2019 by Graydon House

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Summary (from Goodreads): Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.

But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.

What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

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ARC Review | Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Expected Publication Date
: January 21st, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press // Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humour
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley

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Summary (from NetGalley): Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

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Books I Own & Need to Read in 2020

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Hello everyone! Something that I want to get to in 2020 is reading all the books I already own at home (as well as borrowing from the library). To hold myself accountable I thought I should make a blog post showcasing these books as well as have a check-in mid-year to see where I’m at.

There are 45 books on this list and they will be in order of books I’ve owned the longest to recent purchases. If there are any that are your favourite or you think I should read it as soon as possible please let me know in the comments!

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ARC Review | Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Expected Publication Date
: January 7th, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press // Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley

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Summary (from NetGalley): Seven months.

That’s how long I was kept captive.

Locked in a room with a bed, refrigerator, and adjoining bathroom, I was instructed to eat, bathe, and behave. I received meals, laundered clothes, and toiletries through a cat door, never knowing if it was day or night. The last time I saw the face of my abductor was when he dragged me fighting from the trunk of his car. My only solace was Mason—one of the other kidnapped teens—and our pact to one day escape together. But when that day finally came, I had to leave him behind.

Now that I’m home, my parents and friends want everything to be like it was before I left. But they don’t understand that dining out and shopping trips can’t heal what’s broken inside me. I barely leave my bedroom. Therapists are clueless and condescending. So I start my own form of therapy—but writing about my experience awakens uncomfortable memories, ones that should’ve stayed buried.

When I ask the detectives assigned to my case about Mason, I get an answer I don’t believe—that there were no traces of any other kidnapped kids. But I distinctly remember the screams, holding hands with Mason through a hole in my wall, and sharing a chocolate bar. I don’t believe he wasn’t really there and I’m determined to find him. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happened—and will it break me forever?

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Weekly Update #11 | 12/29 – 01/04

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. I’ll also be linking to Stacking the Shelves a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Happy Sunday and Happy New Year! Odd week with coming back from Christmas holidays, my partner having some days off, myself working through the 31st-2nd. I’m excited for next week when Monday will feel like Monday and the weekly routine can begin again.

I didn’t really make any resolutions for 2020 just overall goals like focusing on my health and spending less money on unnecessary things (pack your lunch Danica!).

Did anyone of you make any resolutions? Let me know.

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ARC Review | The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

The Tenant by Katrine Engberg
Expected Publication Date
: January 14th, 2020 by Simon & Schuster Canada // Gallery/Scout Press
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley

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Summary (from NetGalley): When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment, with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case. In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.

But Esther’s role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit—or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women’s pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings in this electrifying literary thriller.

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