This week in books

This Week In Books (July 27th 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The downside of a hiatus is you have to work twice as hard when you come back to stand by your commitments.

∧ Then ∧ Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs / The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Boyfriend by the book

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

A lovely and easy summer read for an afternoon with the most famous romantic heroines and their male counterparts. Review to come tomorrow!

the song of achilles

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Here comes the book of the month for the Hype or Like Friday group. With everything that happened, I had completely forgotten about it. I blessed Amazon premium for the quick delivery and spent my weekend in Greece with Achilles and Patroclus. I did enjoy most of it but had to skim over quite some parts because I was getting bored. The review will be online on Friday.

≈ Now ≈ My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor

my husband's son

You’d always recognise your own son. Wouldn’t you?

Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.

Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.

But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . .

As I had to squeeze The Song of Achilles into my schedule, I had no time to dive into My Husband’s Son before Monday. I have reached the 70% mark on the story and so far it’s been a great read.

∨ Next ∨ Lawyers Gone Bad, Vincent L. Scarsella

lawyers gone bad

“Lawyers Gone Bad,” is the story of beleaguered attorney disciplinary counsel, Dean Alessi, and his trusty investigator, Stu Foley, in their fight against lawyers gone bad – that is, lawyers who commit ethical and criminal wrongs. In this case they’re investigation the local District Attorney who may have committed the ultimate ethical wrong – murder.

Novelist Vincent Scarsella draws on his over 18 years of real life experience as head of the Eighth Judicial District Grievance Committee in Buffalo, New York to craft a gripping, suspenseful novel about lawyers gone bad.

But the story is more than a crime novel. It concerns friendship, loss, unrequited love, and ultimately, justice. It seeks to answer the question, does what goes around, come around?

Here we are again. Another lawyers story with a very promising premise. I love the idea of chasing from within the bad guys plaguing the justice system.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments 🙂
Happy reading


59 thoughts on “This Week In Books (July 27th 2016)”

  1. Achilles! Yay! Thumbs and toes up, high-fives all around. I’m writing my review later after I’m awake since you know I’m a night owl and should be asleep already. That book was AMAZEBALLS! I hope you love it! I had a short lived cry over Patroclus. 😂 It was sad and beautiful and I turned into a marshmallow for a second. I started reading The Sister tonight in addition to Nevernight. And after reading your post about The Summer That Melted Everything, I decided to request an ARC, and I lucked out and got one. 🤗 I hope I love it as much as you did. 😊

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    1. I love seeing you so enthusiastic about a book from the group! 😀 But I have the feeling my review will surprised you, haha! Not saying anything else until Friday! Oh I hope you enjoy The Sister, I really liked this story. It has a wonderful “movie” vibe that makes everything feel so real. Woohooo, so happy the post convinced you, I can’t wait to hear your take on The Summer That Melted Everything. I’m still not over it! How’s Nevernight?

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      1. Really? Don’t break my heart. 🙈 Ha! I could see some people not liking Achilles because of the slow beginning. I was already attached to the charters, so it was easy for me to jump right in. Yeah I read about 30% of The Sister last night, and it’s definitely got a Gone Girl sort of vibe. 🙌 I didn’t notice the author is from the UK, so I wasn’t expecting the formatting of the book or the setting. It was a good surprise though. I’ve wanted to read more books outside the US. It gets boring with the same old NY settings. Like, okay, enough of that already. I’ve been there a thousand times I’m over it. Luckily, I know what the girl’s talking about. My mom would love this kind of book, but I know she gets confused and has to call me. Like she mentioned calling Waitrose, and my mom was like what is this in the past and I had to explain. Lol And I can tell you she thinks Yorkshire Pudding is like Jello pudding. That always makes me laugh. I remember reading about how good they are, thinking yeah, my mom would be so confused about why pudding has a strong smell. 😂 Ha! I almost wanted to tell her to read it for my own enjoyment and cause she’d like the story, but she gets so annoyed when I recommend books that are outside of the US. Just because she doesn’t know the words, places, or foods. I guess I can’t blame her. Yes, your post sealed the deal. So it’s that good you’re not over it? This I must see for myself. Nevernight is really good. One annoying thing is the footnotes. And I’m reading it on Kindle, so it’s jarring because they’re at the end of the chapter. It’s a bit slow cause it’s 640ish pages. That’s to be expected with a novel that long and all the world building. I’m just getting to the part with some action, and I’m really liking it. 🙂 I guess I’ll have to add ToG to my list for our snark-off. Larkin just told me she liked the book, so I’m wondering if my opinion will change or not. Doubtful but wouldn’t that be interesting? 😂

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        1. I’m sure Achilles and Patroclus already broke your poor heart 😀 Yeah, I guess it’s quite confusing when reading any UK set book when you’re American. I am so used to check all references that now I get most without the need to ask Google, but it can be so distracting. There should be a warning when a book contains footnotes. eBooks are not the way to go with them, it’s so unpractical! I saw Larkin’s tweet, but I truly doubt you’ll like ToG, haha.

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          1. Yes, that story is heartbreaking. Achilles! Yeah, most Americans aren’t familiar with British words. That can make it really confusing. I’ve learned a bunch of things from reading books outside the US, but my mom is old and not interested in learning new things. She was annoyed I told her to read The Girl On The Train cause of the setting. I still need to read that one. She kept calling and asking what things meant, and I finally told her I’ll make sure all book recs are US only. 😂 Ah, yeah, I doubt I’ll like ToG based on Liam’s read alongs and your complaints about it. I still can’t believe you read past the first book. Go you! Which one are you up to?

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            1. It still surprises me that Americans have trouble with the British language. I really believed only non natives struggled. Now I’m happy to know it’s not easy for you either xD
              I read books 1 2 and 3! I’m so proud that I made it up to the last book released. The next gets published in September. I won’t buy it for now but I will eventually. It’s like an addiction. I miss mocking Celaena already!

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              1. We don’t have a lot of Brits living here, and we’re limited of certain TV shows. There’s so many I want to watch and cannot get here. 😂 And BBC America is a channel hidden between nonsense on our cable. You have to know where it is to find it. Wow! You made it far. I hear book 4 is when it gets good. Haha! 😂


                1. At least you get the BBC. I only get the news! So frustrating! I am not sure it ever gets good :p (your comment was on my spam folder, you’re being censored by WP xD)

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                  1. That’s so weird. I haven’t had issues with commenting on other posts. Was it just this comment? I hope I don’t have to contact support like other bloggers did. 😂 We only get that one channel and we get BBC News. I have tons of streaming services, which also makes it easier to watch what I want.


                    1. It was just this one, don’t worry 🙂 I prefer Skynews over BBC news in the morning, but I’m planning on subscribing again to CNN news. We basically have no British or US channels. I need to move, just to get more interesting channels xD

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                    2. That sucks. I would’ve thought being in Europe it would be easier for you to get BBC. You also had all those restrictions on Amazon books, too. Glad you figured a way around that. 😉 I prefer BBC News over CNN. They had CNN on in front of my desk every day for 6 years at work until I finally started working from home. I think I got sick of that channel. 😂


  2. The downside of a hiatus is you have to work twice as hard when you come back to stand by your commitments. I’m going on a full hiatus next week for 2 weeks and this is exactly the thing I’m worrying about already!

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    1. The struggle is hard! But you can do it! You’ll come back with a fresh mind and lots of energy 🙂 *says the girl buried under all the ARCs and reviews needing some love and attention*

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      1. Can you be my personal cheerleader from now on? 😀 But YES! And 5kg lighter I hope! (blogging has been great, but really bad for my figure >.>) *sends over heart shaped balloons*

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    1. Exactly! I was not as tolerant as you, I got seriously bored at some point. It was a nice read, but I was clearly expecting a lot more. It looks like I’m the only one in the group who’s been disappointed with it, so good reviews are on their way I suppose!
      Thank you for the link, as always 🙂

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  3. I do love the sound of Boyfriend by the Book so I can’t wait to see your review. It sounds like the perfect summer read but I do like anything involving a bit of lighthearted romance and classic literature.

    I also really like the sound of My Husband’s Son. Think that may be another for the TBR 🙂

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    1. The mix of romance and classic lit does work quite well, it’s a nice book to bring to the beach.
      My Husband’s Son surprised me big time. If you’re looking for a twist, you won’t be disappointed with this one 🙂

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    1. My Husband’s Son gets the award of the big twist of the month! 🙂 I hope you like it when you get to it.
      Thank you! You too, but after a look on your post, I am sure you’ll have a great time with your picks 🙂

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    1. It was a good read, mostly due to the writing! (Your comment went straight to the spam folder, it looks like you’re being censored, just like I was on your site 🙂 )

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  4. The Song of Achilles is one I recently added to my to-read list. I love Greek mythology and I really want to read The Iliad but I thought I’d start with something a little lighter to gain a basic knowledge of the story and the characters! I can’t wait to see your review for it! 🙂


  5. Both The Song Of Achilles and My Husband’s Son are on my wishlist, so I will definitely be looking forward to read your thoughts on both. I hope you will enjoy your books this week! 🙂

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  6. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read a single negative review for the Song of Achilles. That books has all the love in the world, so it’s refreshing to see someone point out a negative. I really need to get my hands on it ASAP though- it sounds like something I would immensely enjoy! Great post. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks


    1. I get suspicious when a book only receives praise 🙂 Based on everything I had read and been told, I was sure to be in for another raving review, but it looks like Achilles’ power did not entirely work on me! Thank you 🙂


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