I cheated a little a split this into two categories, books that were tough to get through because of subject matter and books that were just cringeworthy.
Five Difficult Reads
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
This book is really disturbing, it took me months to get through and just made me uncomfortable the whole time I was reading it. Kevin and his mother are both such damaged characters and it’s just hard to read about some of the violence and abuse that happens throughout the book.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Forbidden is about incest which pretty much explains why it was hard to read. I felt so bad for the main characters and at the same time the situation was so easy to understand. This book just gave me a lot of conflicting feelings while I was reading.
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
This book is definitely the most disturbing thing I’ve ever read. It was so hard to read and what made it worse was that it was based on a true story. This is not a book for someone who gets queasy about violence and abuse. This is probably one of the most violent and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I was really drawn into the story and mystery but at the same time I’m not sure there was one character I actually liked in this book. Everyone is awful and the things that go on between Amy and Nick are crazy. There were time where I just had to put the book down and to wrap my head around what was going on.
The Shining by Stephen King
The only reason this book was hard to get through was because it scared the crap out of me. I had to put it down multiple times and stop myself from freaking out. It’s a great book but one I can only read during the day.
Five Cringeworthy Reads
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
I was a fan of the Twilight series until this book. The whole magic, miracle baby thing really turned me off. I tired to accept it but this just ruined the whole series for me.
Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
I wanted to see what all the hype was about with these books so I gave them a try. I regret it, some of the dialogue is just so cringeworthy. I got so much secondhand embarrassment reading these books.
Numbers by Rachel Ward
The whole premise of this book sounded so interesting, a girl who can see the date a person will die, but it just turned out to be so boring to me. I wanted to like it so much, but in the end I didn’t enjoy it at all.
Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan
This is another book I wanted to love but ending up struggling to finish. I love a good post apocalyptic story but there was so much that was left unexplained in this book and it just left me confused.
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
I hated the main character, it was really hard for me to find sympathy for her. I wasn’t attached to her which made it hard to really get into the story.
The other night Nick Jonas performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers and I thought it was really good!! It also happens that I finished Open Road Summer not too long ago and I’m still picturing Matt Finch as a Jonas, lol. Anyway, enjoy! Let me know what you guys think. :)
Hi, guys! Jess here. Yeah… we cheated a little today. But it’s okay! Because the outcome is total awesomeness and it’s the first time all four reviewers of Gone with the Words are doing one of these together! Hopefully it won’t be the last either, so prepare for more possible cheating in the future! Also, none of them cheated as much as I did, haha. See what we chose!
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – I JUST finished re-reading, or rather, listening to Anna and the French Kiss (oh, Etienne, I missed you) so I’m ready (SO READY!) to read this now. I didn’t feel like I needed to re-read Lola, but you guys tell me if I should. :D
The Raven Cycle series (The Dream Thieves/Blue Lily, Lily Blue) by Maggie Stiefvater – I also JUST finished The Raven Boys and…wow. I loved it, y’all. I started The Dream Thieves (RONAN!), so I’m doing it!
Throne of Glass series (Crown of Midnight/Heir of Fire) by Sarah J. Maas – Yup, I did also finish a re-read of Throne of Glass a few weeks ago and I need more Chaol in my life, like, yesterday. <3
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I’m so crazy about this series! This book kept getting pushed back and I’m just dying to read it. The series is so creepy and mysterious, I’m never sure I know exactly what’s going on. I have so many questions that need answers. I can’t even explain how much I need this book!
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – I wasn’t crazy about The Raven Boys but I finally got around to reading The Dream Thieves and it blew me away! I’m so excited for this one, but I know everyone is looking forward to it.
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers – I love these books. Bad ass nun assassins, what’s not to love? I’m excited to see more of Annith’s story, all the girls are so different and bring something new to each book. I can’t wait to see how this series ends.
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan (actually comes out tomorrow!) – I love the Lynburn Legacy, it’s gothic and hilarious and sexy and just a really great story. Plus magic! This is the last book so I NEEEEED to know what’s going to happen with all the characters. SRB is a cruel and talented mistress, I hope the suffering is minimal (doubtful).
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – This is a personal no-brainer. I liked The Raven Boys, loved The Dream Thieves, and need this book like breathing. The three chapter teaser was so good!! Ugh.
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella – Oh how I love Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood! The Shopaholic series is one of my favorites and I love all of Kinsella’s standalones too. She’s an auto-read for me and I’m SO excited to have another book in the series! I’ve missed Becky and Luke.
Light My Fire (Dragon Kin, #7) by G. A. Aiken – This is the next installment in one of my favorite adult dragon shape shifter series. G.A. Aiken (AKA Shelly Laurenston) has a knack for writing really fun-filled, steamy and hilarious stories. This is set to release on November 24, 2014 and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I heard this one was about Celyn The Charming, who is not just charming, but especially handsome (check out the cover!!).
The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., Linda Antonssen – So while we patiently wait for GRRM to release book 6 in his ASOIAF series, there will be a companion novel released on October 28, 2014 that will include all kinds of history, backstory and extended family trees. Though I’d rather have The Winds of Winter on my TBR list this fall, this one will definitely do. Not only is this a book heavy on history but it will also have tons of illustrations. I am most definitely excited for this!
Talon by Julie Kagawa – I was super stoked to hear that Julie Kagawa was going to release a dragon shape shifter series. Imagine my surprise that the first novel releases this fall!! This book comes out on October 28, 2014 and will be the first in a dragon series. I am bouncing off the walls excited to read this one!!
Read Pink® in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Support the Next Chapter in Innovative Research
Penguin Random House Marks Five-Year Partnership Milestone and $125,000 in Donations to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®
What’s black and white and pink all over? The initiative by Penguin Random House called Read Pink® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)!
Today the scientific community has left behind the “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer treatment to emerge with targeted, more effective therapies. As a result, after remaining stagnant for more than 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent. The Read Pink® initiative by Penguin Random House is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the fight against breast cancer, supporting the bold research of The Breast Cancer Foundation® (BCRF), while leveraging its passionate readers to help increase awareness and education about the disease. This literary embrace of a life-saving cause has resulted in nearly 1.5 million best-selling novels shipped with Read Pink seals and information about BCRF across all five years of the promotion.
Penguin Random House is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.
The $25,000 donation that Penguin Random House contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Random House’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…
Beatriz Williams (2014 Read Pink® Spokesperson), A Hundred Summers
“Every life lost to breast cancer leaves behind a hole that can never be filled again: a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother. I’m so grateful for organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for their efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease, and honored to support breast cancer awareness, detection, and research through Penguin’s READ PINK program in 2014. With your help, we can move closer to the day when breast cancer leaves behind only survivors.”
Karen White, The Time Between
“Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing due to earlier detection and improved treatment because of the efforts of organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I am honored that my book will be part of Penguin’s Read Pink program that supports breast cancer awareness and research through reading. It is my greatest hope that through efforts like this we might find a cure within my lifetime.”
Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
“To all the moms and daughters, wives and sisters, lovers and friends, Read Pink is here for you and yours. Help support breast cancer awareness and the strong, brave women who fight or will fight this disease and Read Pink in October.”
Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
“I am so delighted to be included in the Read Pink campaign again this year with Perfect Timing being featured, along with so many other great books, to raise funds for breast cancer research. I can remember when a diagnosis of breast cancer was often equivalent to a death sentence. Nowadays, the survival rates have increased greatly, and I personally know women who have prevailed over this terrible disease. Sadly, I’ve also known a few women who lost the battle. So I call upon all of you to join ranks with me and countless other women in a war to defeat breast cancer. ‘Read Pink! Buy books bearing the Read Pink logo as gifts for the women you love.’ By standing together as sisters, we have it within our power to make a huge difference!”
Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
“This is the time of year when we celebrate the progress that has been made in the battle against breast cancer and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. No, we aren’t there yet. There’s a long way to go. The greatest weapon we have to fight this disease is research and research costs money. That is why this breast cancer awareness campaign is so important and why I am proud to participate.”
Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Read Pink effort to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. I hear frequently from romance readers who tell me my books and those of other romance authors have helped them get through breast cancer treatment. I want to hear from fewer of them in the future. I want to hear they took our books on fabulous vacations rather than treatments. Please Read Pink in October to support all the courageous women fighting this disease and to fund critical research. Thank you for Reading Pink!”
Full List of 2014 Participating Authors:
Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from your Lover
Karen White, The Time Between
Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers
Wendy Wax, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
Janet Chapman, The Heart of a Hero
Lisa Gardner, MacNamara’s Woman
Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October. Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!
For more information about the Read Pink initiative and to view a complete list of the participating retail outlets, please visit penguin.com/readpink.
Read Pink® Blog Tour Schedule
Please support the blogs taking part in this special, Read Pink® Spotlight Tour!
October 1 – Exclusive guest post with spokesperson Beatriz Williams on LizandLisa.com
September 22 Cheryl’s Book Nook; The Readers Den; Gone with the Words; Pretty Sassy Cool
September 23 Reading Reality; You Gotta Read; Adria’s Romance Reviews
September 24 Kimberly Faye Reads; Nicely Phrased; I Smell Sheep
September 25 Romance Junkies; To Read or Not To Read; A Southern Girl’s Bookshelf
September 26 Cindy’s Love of Books; Chick Lit Plus; The Book Reading Gals
September 29 LitChat; Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf; Chris Book Blog Emporium
September 30 Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!; Grave Tells; Britt’s Book and Life Blog; Sincerely Stacie
October 1 Cocktails and Books; The Reading Nook Reviews; 2Bookaholics; Wit & Sin; Raw Books
October 2 SOS Aloha; Bookish Things & More; Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads
October 3 Dew on the Kudzu; Peace Love Books; Grown Up Book Reviews
October 6 My Book Addiction and More; Book-alicious Mama; Chick Lit Central
October 7 A Dream Within A Dream; Thoughts in Progress; Mundie Moms
October 8 Flirty and Dirty Book Blog; Readers Live A Thousand Lives; That’s What I’m Talking About
October 9 Book Lovin’ Mamas; Lori’s Reading Corner; The Book Reading Gals
October 10 Supernatural Snark; Once Upon a Twilight; Expressions of a Hopeful Romantic
October 13 Fallen Angel Reviews; Parajunkee’s View; As I Turn the Pages
October 14 Reading in Black & White; Keepin It Real Book Blog
October 15 ABCD Diaries; Fictional Candy; Paranormal Book Club
October 16 Sexy Bibliophiles; Book Sniffers Anonymous; Sexy Book Reviews By Shelly & April
October 17 Wicked Lil Pixie; The Book Swarm; Addicted 2 Novels; Stephanie’s Book Reports
October 20 News & Sentinel, “Book Nook”; The Reading Café
October 21 The Book Bellas; The Book Cellar
October 22 The Novel Life; My Book Muse; Confessions of a Y.A. & N.A. Book Addict
October 23 Rock Stars of Romance; Silver’s Reviews; Journey of a Bookseller
October 24 Sunshine & Mountains
October 27 Bewitched Bookworms; Ramblings From This Chick
October 28 Reading in Pajamas; Turn the Page
October 29 Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks; Stuck In YA Books; Reviews by Tammy & Kim
October 30 Fang-tastic Books; No BS Book Reviews; Marie’s Cozy Corner Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews
October 31 In Shadows; Love Romances & More
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BfYR on September 16th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pullout off the highway, so maybe someone snatched him. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it may be true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.
Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy, Evidence of Things Not Seen by award-winning author Lindsey Lane explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.
I love author guest posts, but I LOVE LOVE it when it’s about the music, be it playlists or soundtracks. Thank you, Lindsey, for sharing your playlist with us!
Thank you so much for hosting me at Gone with the Words. I will try to keep this intro as brief as possible.
I don’t listen to music while I am writing but I do hear music in my head. Throughout the writing of EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, I heard Ry Cooder’s guitar. Specifically I heard the twanging, meandering guitar he plays in the soundtrack to the film Paris, Texas. Then I have to say that Terry Allen was a big influence because his songs sound like the big open spaces of Texas but then he focuses the little stories. Check out his CD Pedal Steal. It’s one 35-minute song. He calls it a soundtrack for a dance. EVIDENCE is a mix of those wide-open spaces and little stories.
After that, certain songs heard at odd times put me in mind of certain characters:
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Lenny, Texas Flood, Little Wing
Bob Dylan and Johnnie Cash: Girl From the North Country
Robert Johnson: Cross Road Blues
Willie Nelson: Pancho and Lefty, Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,
Little Feat: Roll Um Easy
Bonnie Raitt and John PRine: Angel from Montgomery
James McMurtry: Where’s Johnny
Lyle Lovett-The Waltzing Fool, You Can’t Resist it, Closing Time, Road to Ensenada
Eliza Gilkyson: Hard Times in Babylon
Jimmy Dale Gilmore: Dallas (not on Spotify)
Shawn Colvin: Leaving Las Vegas (not on Spotify)
One final note, so to speak: When I was in college, I drove from Massachusetts to Wisconsin, often in the middle of the night, often caffeine-crazed. In a way, EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN was born in those driving hours when the present moment of driving contains only memory and anticipation and the drive itself seems as if it happens outside the space time continuum. Tommy Smythe, the boy who goes missing in EVIDENCE and who is a particle physics geek, would totally get that idea.
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Blog Tour Schedule
September 16, 2014 – Good Books and Good Wine
September 17, 2014 – Gone With the Words
September 18, 2014 – Katie’s Book Blog
September 19, 2014 – Rather Be Reading
September 22, 2014 – Alexa Loves Books
September 23, 2014 – The Book Cellar
September 24, 2014 – Such a Novel Idea
September 25, 2014 – Pop Goes the Reader
September 26, 2014 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader