Sunday Wrap-Up #37

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, and Stacking the Shelves.


This past week was pretty busy. Not only was it an extended holiday weekend for the Mr. but my birthday was also this week. Since the Mr. was home pretty much all week, I didn’t get any reading done. Which means I am really falling behind. I also decorated the house this week with the scarce amount of Halloween decorations we own. It’s felt like fall since we moved here. It could have something to do with going from the 115* desert temperatures to the cool and breezy 70* temperatures by the ocean. Either way, I’ve been snuggling up in hoodies and jeans while all my neighbors are heading to the beach. Yeah, I’m definitely the odd man out here. Oh well, the cooler temperature is the best time to read anyways. Hopefully I will catch up with all the books soon.
Last week on BSA:
Everything Changes by Samantha Hale (Review)
In Her Wake by KA Tucker (Review)

This week on BSA:

The Threshing Circle by Neil Grimmett (Excerpt)
The Beginners Guide to Making and Using Dried Foods by Teresa Marrone (Review)
Bound to Danger by Katie Reus (Review)
Perfected by Katie Jarvik Birch (Review)

The Bargaining
By: Carly Anne West
Release Date: Feb. 17, 2015
Genre: YA Horror/Paranormal
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The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future….



By: Rainbow Rowell
Published: Sept. 10, 2013
Genre: Contemp. YA
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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


Witch Eyes
By: Scott Tracey
Published: Sept. 8, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal
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Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden’s powers to unlock Belle Dam’s secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father–and Trey, the enigmatic guy he’s falling for, is Catherine’s son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.



By: Yukito Ayatsuji
Published: April 3, 2009
Genre: Horror Manga
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26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with her classmates. When she suddenly died, her classmates decided to carry on as if she was still alive until graduation. Then, in the spring of 1998, a boy named Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to that classroom, and he grows suspicious of the fearful atmosphere in that classroom. In particular, there is a beautiful, aloof girl named Misaki Mei who wears an eyepatch and is always alone drawing pictures.


Mind Games
By: Kiersten White
Published: Dec. 3, 2013
Genre: Paranormal YA
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Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.



By: Gregory Maguire
Published: Dec. 5, 2000
Genre: Fantasy
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When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

The Mr. was able to find a first edition first printing of Outlander for my birthday! Super excited about it. It’s in amazing condition which is insane considering the book is 23 years old. Gah! I still can’t believe he was able to find a copy.

12 Thoughts on “Sunday Wrap-Up #37

  1. I am so interested in Mind Games. Looks great.

  2. Kristin@Blood,Sweat and Books on 7 September, 2014 at 7:11 am said:

    Wow,that is a really nice edition of Outlander, go hubs for finding that for you. Another sounds amazing. I’ve recently started getting back into comics and mangas and have been on the lookout for new ones to read. I might have to see if I can find a copy of it next time I buy. Great haul this week! I hope you enjoy them all.

  3. I haven’t read any of your books, but enjoy them! I can’t believe he scored an original Outlander. Is that a hardcover or trade-sized paperback? Looks bigger than a regular paperback but I didn’t know her books came in hardcover.
    So happy for you–thoughtful gift.

  4. Gah, is it almost Halloween already! I’m definitely not ready for fall yet, haha.
    I hope you enjoy Fangirl! it’s such a cute read. And I totally love the cover of the first edition of Outlander!
    Ps. Happy Birthdaaay!

  5. I hope you enjoy Fangirl. I need to read that one! I’ve heard great things about it. I loved Mind Games. Definitely read it’s sequel too after you’ve read that one. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a fun day. I heard good things about Fangirl so I hope you’ll enjoy it. And how fun your husband found you such an old first edition of Outlander, it certainly looks good considering it’s age!

  7. I didn’t love FanGirl as much as I thought I would. I did really enjoy it though and nearly 6 months later I still find myself thinking about the characters, so that says something about it.

    I’m a big fan of jeans and hoodies, so comfy. And wow you have the Halloween decorations up already! I bought some last weekend and I can’t wait to get mine up now 🙂

  8. I’m with you on the temps! 70s and breezy is NOT beach weather! I’d be freezing. What a great gift! Have a great week!

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! A whole week without reading, how did you manage that? I would so be curled up with a book in a cold climate. (Florida girl here!) I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but a few caught my eye. Wicked looks like something right up my alley and and Mind Games looks like the flip side to Captivate Me, which is also about gifted children. The scene is a bit safer than for espionage though.

  10. That’s a sweet gift from your Mister, so thoughtful!

    I have Mind Games in my kindle in forever, I should try and read it. KWhite has always been a one-sitter for me, love her writing style even if sometimes the story isn’t really good.

  11. Aww, how sweet is your Mr. 🙂 Belated happy birthday! Looking forward to your review of Perfected. And yes to Fangirl. I hope you’ll love reading that book. It’s amazing! 🙂

  12. Happy belated birthday !! Maybe you didn’t read, but you had a great book haul to compensate 😉 I hope you’ll warm up soon ! Have a great week.

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