It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 2/3/20

Happy Super Monday!

It’s that great Monday after the Super Bowl and I’m sitting at work wondering why this Monday isn’t a holiday? I think it should be.

This week I’m going to read two arcs that I picked up at ALA in Philadelphia and a book that I won from Flatiron Books.

What are you reading this week?

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The Honey-Don’t List- Christina Lauren

46779178. sy475 Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate, and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on a book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

From the New York Times, bestselling author behind the “joyful, warm, touching” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own. 

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Anna K.: A Love Story- Jenny Lee

42119168. sy475 Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.

Meet Anna K. At seventeen, she is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and Newfoundland dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather a sexting scandal; Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven’s best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie.

As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasn’t, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.

Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K.: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.

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Diana: Princess of the Amazons- Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

45143759From New York Times, bestselling authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale comes a heartfelt story about making mistakes, learning the hard way, and growing up to become a hero.

Eleven-year-old Diana leads an idyllic life on the island of Themyscira. Cut off from the rest of the world, she’s beginning to feel more and more isolated. Though she has a loving mother and many “aunties,” she is an only child. THE only child on the island, in fact.

After an escapade goes wrong, Diana gets in trouble for not living up to the Amazonian standard. She just can’t seem to measure up no matter what she does. Every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly good at anything. She’s not Wonder Woman … yet. What Diana needs is a friend; someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, she may just make a monster instead of a friend.

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Me And Mr. J- Rachel McIntyre

“When I close my eyes, I see him lying next to me in bed. I can almost hear him breathing and feel his arms around me. Feel his skin. The pure, clean version of that afternoon, not their dirty, perverted account; that’s what I’m clinging on to. The truth!”
Anyone that really knows me knows that I will read every book about student teacher inappropriateness before I kick the big bucket into the sky. Why? I don’t know why. It’s one of those taboo subjects people get their panties in a twist for and I love it. More awkwardness, please!!

Lara is a depressed high school student. Her best friend Chloe left her to join the clique of the popular girls and no it’s all Lara who? 

Her family lost their money when her dads business went under and they decided to stick it town rather than moving along with her Uncle and being in the solar panel business. Now paycheck to paycheck is all they can look forward to. Her mum is a cleaning lady for the mean bully at school. Ding ding ding, ring that bell.

This leads to horrendous bullying that Lara won’t let out in the air and ask for help.

Until Mr. Ben Jagger makes an appearance and all the girls are smitten. Fighting for his attention. The English teacher is out on maternity leave and in her place comes this drop-dead gorgeous thing named Ben. Let the harassing and dreaming begin. 

With the fighting over his attention becomes more and more over the top, Lara and her bullies step it up a notch. The bullying becomes more crime like and people should really be put in jail for what they have done to her. When she fights back, they make her wish that she never did. And now what’s a girl to do?

Mr. J sees that Lara is in need and opens up his door to her and also his pants (Eventually) Lara becomes over the moon with emotions and helps Mr. J any way she can.

On the way to a college tour to Cambridge, they take the relationship from student teacher to something so much more and dangerous. 

Keeping things a secret is even tougher when his ex-girlfriend starts snooping around.

This was such a heartbreaking book to get through. The bullying was exact and dreadful. These are the things that kids actually deal with and they are afraid to speak up. It shocks you at what these kids get away with towards the middle of this book. I can’t believe people can be so heartless. 

The love story that blossoms over through the book is kind of uplifting. He saves her from a complete meltdown and lifts her spirits. Maybe she isn’t that bad at everything like those bullies have been planting in her head. 

A lot of people will say that he preyed on the weak, but it felt more like adoration all around. To me, it was sweet and caring. 

The only part that I didn’t like was how everything ended. There was no finding each other and it was just left open. I hope that means something else will be written about Lara and Ben because I don’t think their story is quite over yet.

Let love bloom and don’t let anyone stop you from enjoying what you want.

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