Waiting Wednesday – The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Waiting Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. I wasn’t planning on doing one today, but I realized I have definitely been waiting for a book. So for my Waiting Wednesday, I present The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

Isn’t the cover cook? There are a few of them floating around out there, but I think I prefer this one.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Published Date: October 6, 2015

Summary from the back cover:

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Part of me wanted to clap when I read the summary, and part of me was disappointed I never wrote this kind of book when I first had the idea. Ah well, I have plenty more. I kind of hope this is a series in the making, though. I love the idea of the side characters getting to tell their stories. Not even the side characters — the characters who have no idea what’s going on. It kind of reminds me of Anna Kendrick’s character in Twilight. Her character seemed to have a story, and to always be annoyed with Bella.

Happy Hump Day!


WWW Wednesday

In efforts to post more (and avoid doing my daily word count for my NaNoWriMo prep), I decided to participate in WWW Wednesday. It is currently ran by Taking on a World of Words. What is WWW Wednesday, you ask? Well….

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 Currently Reading: My main book currently is The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson. It’s the third book in the Shades of London series. I read the second one over the weekend, and the first one the week before. It’s part of my continuing education of understanding boarding school life. If you haven’t read this series, I do recommend it. I thought the third one was starting out boring, but it definitely took an interesting twist last time I read a few pages. Outside of this, I am currently listening to A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab on audiobook, which primarily happen at work on while walking. I tried the first chapter today at work — it’s a British accent, so i’m going to have to start the book without distractions before I get into it. Other than this, I have Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger that I started …..last December, and I’m just over halfway through. Ugh…I’ll finish it soon. I want to like it, but it’s dragged quite a bit. Hopefully I’ll have more of an update next week. The final book I have on my reading list is Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit. I like what I’ve read of it, but it’s heavier than I like to read in the summer. I’ll probably pick it up again soon. Oh, and Inferno by Dan Brown. But I drag my feet with his books anyways.

Recently Finished: As obviously stated above, I finished Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath recently. Today I just finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng on audiobook. My next review will be on this book. It’s not a YA book, and it was an amazing contrast. If it’s not on your list, add it. The novel starts off with a middle child dying. It isn’t a book about figuring out who did it or why necessarily, but instead, it’s a book about a family’s reaction to the girl’s death as well as the family’s journey that lead to the death. A Chinese family in the 1960s through 1970s…just give it a try. I also finished Naked by David Sedaris. I love, love, love David Sedaris, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. I started listening to it in June and put it on hold until this week. Don’t let this be your first Sedaris book. But if you haven’t tried him before, he’s hilarious. If you aren’t offended easily, go right ahead!

Reading Next: My reaction every time I think about what I’m reading next….

I have a few that I want to start next, but I’m not sure which one it will be. Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore is sitting in my queue, as is the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I also have The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I think I’ll start with Chronicle of Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez, something a bit more intense. (Plus I promised a friend months ago I would read it).

Waiting Wednesday: Furiously Happy

I probably won’t do this meme started by Breaking the Spine weekly, but I do like the idea of having a way to record and dig through books I am excited about. Because, let’s face it, I’ll be excited about a book one day, and forget that it came out until months later! And doing this, I remembered that Christopher Moore’s Secondhand Souls came out yesterday, which is a sequel I have been waiting on for NINE YEARS. It has definitely scored a place near the top of my reading list, so look out for the review soon!

Waiting Wednesday Presents:

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess

Expected Release Date: September 22, 2015

Five years ago, I realized that the type of non-fiction I loved is written by women who embrace their awkward badass-ness. This list includes books by Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Jen Lancaster. Jenny Lawson’s first book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened had me laughing and so happy I never worked in human resources. I love anyone who can be real about their problems and instead of being embarrassed of her family, she uses them to define her life. Plus, a dad with taxidermy hobbies! I read the book in my book club and recommend it constantly. I don’t know if anyone has ever taken me up on it, but they TOTALLY SHOULD.

Her second novel is about her battle with mental illness (depression and anxiety), which I fully believe society should be talking about more. These are real illnesses, and we need to stop sweeping them under the rug. So why not read about them and laugh? Jenny Lawson promises the following stories within the novel:

  • The time I lost both my arms in a sleeping accident
  • The neighborhood swans that tried to eat me
  • The day Australia refused to let me get Chlamydia even though I was wearing a protective koala costume
  • Advice on how to survive the zombie apocalypse, the airport, and the zombie apocalypse at the airport
  • Completely inappropriate things I’ve blurted out to fill awkward silences at my psychiatrist’s office.

Ms. Lawson, I hope to be able to make it to your book signing in Atlanta, and until then, I’ll keep reading your lovely blog posts.

Backup Waiting Wednesday Books:

  • Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
  • Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson
  • After Alice by Gregory Macguire