Happy Sunday and welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up post! I link these posts up with The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer; The Sunday Salon, hosted by Deb at ReaderBuzz; It’s Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date and a children’s/middle grade version hosted by Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers; Mailbox Monday, hosted by Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and Martha of Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf; and Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality. For my Weekly Wrap Ups, I’ll recap what I posted, read, and watched this week, plus I’ll let you know about any current giveaways I have up. I’ll also tell you about recent updates on my TBR and new books I received and/or bought. Okay, time to see what happened this week!
um… hi! I haven’t posted a weekly wrap up in… a while. It’s been about a year and a half since I actually posted one of these. Oops. But I’m back and hopefully this time I’ll stay on track and update weekly!
On the Blog
I switched my to my summer graphics/theme a few weeks ago and I absolutely LOVE IT! I think this might be my favorite theme I’ve ever done.
Here are the links for everything that was published this week on Kait Plus Books:
- A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg
- Top Ten Tuesday | June 15, 2021
- Name-a-Thon Sign Up and #TBR!
- Can’t Wait Wednesday | June 16, 2021
- Blog Tour: Again, Again by E. Lockhart (Reading Journal + Bookstagram!)
- First Line(s) Friday | June 18, 2021
- The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
- Weekly Wrap Up | June 20, 2021
Off the Blog
- I had a migraine for two days! It sucked!
- I also had my period this week, which sucked even more!
- I missed two days of work thanks to the migraine/endo pain and now my anxiety for monday is like (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Currently Reading: I’m reading Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall for an upcoming blog tour and I like it so far. There are two main characters and I really like Hayley, but Lewis … not so much. Hopefully I’ll like him more by the end of the book.
Currently Listening To: I’m about to start my reread (relisten?) of The Guinevere Deception and The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White because…. I was approved for an arc of The Excalibur Curse and now I need to start reading that asap!!!!
Just Finished Reading: I read A-Okay by Jarad Greene the other day and it was good! It’s a middle grade graphic novel about middle school and it features an ace protagonist! I also recently finished The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson and that is such a good book! If you read the other Truly Devious books, I think you’ll really enjoy this one!
Just Finished Listening To: The Carls (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor) by Hank Green. I LOVED them!!!
Books: What We Devour by Linsey Miller, Speak for Yourself by Lana Wood Johnson, The One True Me and You by Remi K. England, The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White. After that, Name-a-Thon!
Audiobooks: More Camelot Rising trilogy!
The People We Choose by Katelyn Detweiler
Also in this series: The Box in the Woods
Published on May 4, 2021 by Margaret Ferguson Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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When Calliope Silversmith meets her new neighbor Max, their chemistry is instantaneous, but the revelation of her biological father's identity throws her whole life into disarray.
Calliope Silversmith has always had just two friends in her small Pennsylvania town, Ginger and Noah, and she's fine with that. She's never wanted anything more than her best friends, her moms, their house in the woods, and their family-run yoga studio--except maybe knowing who her sperm donor is. Her curiosity has been building for years, and she can finally find out this summer when she turns eighteen.
But when Max and his family move into the sad old house across the woods from Calliope, she realizes it's nice to get to know someone new, so nice that she decides to break her no dating rule. The stability of her longtime trio wavers as she and Max start to spend more and more time together.
When Calliope finally finds out who her sperm donor is, she learns a truth more shocking and unfathomable than she could have ever dreamed: her donor is Max's father. How is this even possible? As she and Max struggle to redefine their friendship, Calliope realizes that she can turn a horrific situation into something positive by recognizing and accepting that family is both the one we are born into and the one we choose to make.
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious #4
Also in this series: The Box in the Woods
Published on June 15, 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Neurodivergent, Queer, Thriller, YA
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Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
Published on March 2, 2021 by Underlined
Genres: Contemporary, Queer, Romance, YA
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A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real life romance is better than anything on screen.
Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas. . .
Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry-eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.
Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . . . until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom-com.
Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall
Published on June 22, 2021 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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Senior year of high school is full of changes.
For Hayley Mills, these changes aren’t exactly welcome. All she wants is for everyone to forget about her very public breakdown and remember her as the overachiever she once was—and who she’s determined to be again. But it’s difficult to be seen as a go-getter when she’s forced into TV Production class with all the slackers like Lewis Holbrook.
For Lewis, though, this is going to be his year. After a summer spent binging 80s movies, he’s ready to upgrade from the role of self-described fat, funny sidekick to leading man of his own life—including getting the girl. The only thing standing in his way is, well, himself.
When the two are partnered up in class, neither is particularly thrilled. But then they start making mini documentaries about their classmates’ hidden talents, and suddenly Hayley is getting attention for something other than her breakdown, and Lewis isn’t just a background character anymore. It seems like they’re both finally getting what they want—except what happens when who you’ve become isn’t who you really are?
I only posted a couple of photos this week (thanks migraine/endo pain), but I really like how they came out!
yes hello I just finished Cruel Summer and !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE COME TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS SHOW I AM JUST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The giveaways widget is always the most current and accurate way to tell what giveaways you can find on my blog, but since you’re here…
- Print Copy of THE BOX IN THE WOODS by Maureen Johnson — Ends Jun 22nd, 2021
- Print Copy of A SISTERHOOD OF SECRET AMBITIONS by Sheena Boekweg — Ends Jun 22nd, 2021
- Print Copy of CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN by Jenny Elder Moke — Ends Jul 4th, 2021
- Print Copy of INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING by Nicola Yoon — Ends Jul 3rd, 2021
So that’s everything! What have you been up to this week? Anything important happen? Do you like my new blog aesthetic? Did you have any posts that didn’t get a lot of attention this week? I’d love to check them out! Leave your links in the comments below and don’t forget to have a splendiferous week!