Midweek Mash

This Mash will be a smaller helping than normal, but for great reason! My crazy and ever adorable son (please don’t tell him I used the word “adorable”) has been away with his father for their summer visit, and by the time this posts, I will be picking him up from the airport! Queue happy dance!!!!


Okay, I have two children as most of you may have deduced. Kind of telling my age again, but a teenage daughter who just acquired her permit and my 11 yr old son. They are fantastic! I know we all say that, but seriously, my kids rock!! Well my daughter does until I decide to let her drive me down the road, and she takes a 90 degree turn without braking.. holy poop in my pants!! Teaching a child to drive is far scarier than anything King will ever put out. I promise. They should make a reality series..


As most of you know, teenagers are more into their own thing and space, so my son has become my side-kick. He is still just young enough to understand just how cool mom is. He gets it 😉 I think my daughter does also, but she won’t admit it. My son has TS and a tremendous sense of humor. Never a dull moment. So when he leaves for his summer trip the house sort of just deflates.. we all whine about it. He return is greatly celebrated.

So I wanted to post briefly about a few recent discoveries I am excited to read (hopefully soon).

Unofficial TBR (Because I Don’t Do That Anymore)

As you may recall, I broke up with my TBR a month or so ago. And I am sticking to my guns. We just weren’t right for each other. I am too laid back for that kind of pressure in a relationship. But that doesn’t mean I cannot have some titles I am excited to read “soon”. So here they are.

25814248The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

Goodreads Synopsis:
“Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of its distinction of being named one the top twenty safest neighborhoods in the US.

It’s also one of the most secret-filled.

Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She’s adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office—and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague. Kellie’s neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: she won’t eat any carbs. She’ll go to bed at a reasonable hour. And she’ll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Gigi Kennedy seems to have it all together—except her teenage daughter has turned into a hostile stranger and her husband is running for Congress, which means her old skeletons are in danger of being brought into the light.

Then a new family moves to this quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. Then the neighbors notice that no one is ever invited to Tessa’s house. And soon, it becomes clear Tessa is hiding the biggest secret of all”


25689042The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Goodreads Synopsis:
“David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl.

As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.”

18081228The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
by Jodi Meadows

Goodreads Synopsis:
“She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.”

I am particularly excited about The Art of Being Normal because this is not a typical read for me. So I hope it is all that it promises to be. Plus that cover!!! Some of my most recent discoveries are not new releases. I am rarely current with reading. Wait, what?! Does that make me a bad candidate for a book review blog? 😉 Shh.. I won’t tell if you don’t. Besides, if you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!

What books have you picked up lately? Have you read any of the above? I would love to hear your thoughts (without those dirty things called spoilers please).

I actually discovered a book trailer I wanted to share before wrapping up this post.  I am guilty of doing too many things at once, and this popped up on Goodreads before I could wrap things up. The concept of book “trailers” has always been an odd one for me. I think my brain tends to automatically associate trailers with films. I have to admit that after watching this, maybe I have given them deserved attention. This is a trailer for a fantasy title The Other Side of Eve by Paul Ikin. Needless to say, it quickly landed on my “want to read” list.


What are your thoughts on book trailers? I was pretty impressed with this one. Have you read this?

I am probably in trouble if either child reads this post, so I will wrap up on a positive note with one of my favorite author quotes. As C.S. Lewis wisely said:


Cheers 🙂


7 thoughts on “Midweek Mash

  1. It seems you’ve got a great family. I’m sure they missed you very much too. As for your not-a-TBR list, I looooove secrets so I’m very interested in the first one. I love the cover of the second novel, The Art of Being Normal, too. I have a book on my TBR list in the same vein. It’s called Golden Boy. Sometimes it’s just interesting to read about something you know little about and you’d like to really understand more of.

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