my current reading list + rambling about homeland

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time for another reading list because it’s #WorldBookDay! at this point i bet 90% of my posts can be summed up as either an nyc-related event or a book blog but i guess those are just my priorities these days haha.

however can i just start this off by saying that i haven’t even thought about a book for almost the past three weeks because i have been fervently watching the entirety of homeland in said span of time. it is my equivalent of crack. i’ve spent practically every spare minute watching this show because it has slowly taken over my life. i watch it on the bus (eagerly fighting carsickness the entire time), while racing to and from interning in nyc (this is extremely nerve-racking to my father as he is convinced i will be hit by a cab and oftentimes results in him calling to “catch up” with me in these moments of the day so i won’t be so distracted), while getting ready (i have become excellent at putting on mascara as my eyes are glued to the television), walking to class, literally any moment i have time. last sunday i was flying back to nj from las vegas and i left at 7am and didn’t get home until 10pm due to connections and extreme delays (because you know, mercury is in retrograde). normally i would have been HELLA annoyed about this because i never have connections and my flights are never delayed, but it presented me with the opportunity to watch season 5 in its entirety over the course of one whole day, so i was pleasant and happy as a clam the entire wait. i’ve now concluded that the show has also made me a better person.

tragedy did, however, strike on wednesday when i was made brutally aware that i had to stop watching in the middle of season 6 so i could write a 15 page (it turned into 18) paper for ethics that i have known about for the past three weeks yet been putting off for the past three weeks because i sure had my priorities in order (the show, obvi). so i had to bite the bullet and wouldn’t allow myself to watch another second until i finished the essay (worst day of my life-thanks again for nothing mercury in retrograde!!(i blame all my problems on this when the timing is right, as you can possibly tell)). to add to this, my mom was cruelly texting me the entire time about the episode she was on (her, my sis, and my grandma are all currently hooked) and it felt like the equivalent of the combined tortures carrie, quinn, and saul all endure on the show.

*i also have this thing where i basically decide my career path based on the current show i’m watching (i hope this is not just me hahaha). sometimes it’s a “fixer” like olivia pope in scandal, or a lawyer like alicia florrick in the good wife, or a straight up spy like sidney bristow in alias, or even let’s be honest, a salesperson at a paper company like in the office because they make that job look like a dream. so as of now i think a career in the counterterrorism division of the central intelligence agency is the career for me.

anyways i just finished season 6 friday so now i’m all caught up (ughhhhh that ending i was depressed for a solid day about it but whatever), i am happy to be getting back to my books!!! it was one of those “i cannot manage anything except the bare minimum until i finish this show”, so happy to be moving past the bare minimum this week. long story short, watch it and then read some of these fab books to cope with the emotional roller coaster that is homeland.

it ends with us-colleen hoover

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synopsis: “Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.” (Barnes and Noble’s online synopsis)

my opinion: my sister gave this to me in what we originally decided would be a monthly trade of books (jokes on me because she hasn’t read a full book in months). i finally got around to reading it and loved it! read it in like two days and i always love when that happens. melanie can attest that i was in fact very invested in this book (for multiple reasons, including that she owns a flower shop!!) but it also has twists you don’t see coming.

dead letters-caite dolan-leach

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synopsis: “Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava renounces her terribly practical undergraduate degree, acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. Two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister, Zelda, is dead.

Even in a family of alcoholics, Zelda Antipova was the wild one, notorious for her mind games and destructive behavior. Stuck tending the vineyard and the girls’ increasingly unstable mother, Zelda was allegedly burned alive when she passed out in the barn with a lit cigarette. But Ava finds the official explanation a little too neat. A little too Zelda. Then she receives a cryptic message—from her sister.

Just as Ava suspected, Zelda’s playing one of her games. In fact, she’s outdone herself, leaving a series of clues about her disappearance. With the police stuck on a red herring, Ava follows the trail laid just for her, thinking like her sister, keeping her secrets, immersing herself in Zelda’s drama and her outlandish circle of friends and lovers. Along the way, Zelda forces her twin to confront their twisted history and the boy who broke Ava’s heart. But why? Is Zelda trying to punish Ava for leaving, or to teach her a lesson? Or is she simply trying to write her own ending?”(Barnes and Noble’s online synopsis)

my opinion: the prose in this novel was some of the best i’ve ever read. the main family owns and lives on a vineyard (many parts involve drinking nice wines so umm how could you not love it?!) and the entire time you’re wondering whether the twin is alive or not, trying to figure it out like your best nancy drew self, so it’s just great all around.

the futures-anne pitoniak

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synopsis: “Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a rural Canadian town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia–blond, beautiful, and rich–fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan lands a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, whose privileged upbringing grants her an easy but wholly unsatisfying job with a nonprofit, feels increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world.

With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in a high-stakes deal at work–a deal that, despite the assurances of his Machiavellian boss, begins to seem more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of live. As the economy craters, and as Evan and Julia spin into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more–good and bad–than they’d ever imagined.

Rich in suspense and insight, Anna Pitoniak’s gripping debut reveals the fragile yet enduring nature of our connections: to one another and to ourselves. THE FUTURES is a glittering story of a couple coming of age, and a searing portrait of what it’s like to be young and full of hope in New York City, a place that so often seems determined to break us down–but ultimately may be the very thing that saves us.” (Barnes and Noble’s online synopsis)

my opinion: actually haven’t quite finished this one but it’s been great since i bought it mostly for the cover and then have been pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s actually a wonderful read too. it’s excellent for those of you about to graduation because the main characters are struggling to figure out what they want to make of themselves after graduating from college, which i’ve found it quite empathetic.

the passenger-lisa lutz

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synopsis: “Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid in the twenty-first century, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret. From heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, we are left to wonder…can she possibly outrun her past?” (Barnes and Noble’s online synopsis)

my opinion: i always love books like this because stories that involve switching identities and dying hair and taking on a whole new persona are my jam! and yeah okay i get that she’s on the run and that’s a “tough life” but i find it so entertaining and i enjoy living vicariously through them (secretly would love to have to change my identity and cut my hair and be on the run-just for a little bit at least until i cleared my name or something haha)

in a dark, dark wood-ruth ware

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synopsis: “When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.” (Barnes and Noble’s online synopsis)

my opinion: LOVE LOVE LOVE nothing else just read it.

don’t you crymary kubica

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synopsis: “In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.” (Barnes and Noble’s online synopsis)

my opinion: the same author that wrote the good girl which i mentioned in my last book blog post i think. i didn’t love it as much but it was a great mystery that left me wondering who was who and what would happen next! but if you haven’t read the good girl, read that first!

up next….books i can’t wait to read for next time!

into the water by paula hawkins-she wrote the girl on the train and i have been soooooo excited for this next book! i have it on a pre order hold at the B&N in manhattan and can’t wait to pick it up when it comes out! (may 2)

marlena by julie buntin

disclaimer by renee knight

the coincidence of coconut cake by amy e. reichert-i heard about this from an article mentioning “if you love this movie, you’ll love this book…” and the movie was you’ve got mail so of course i’m gonna love this book!

traveling light by lynne branard

have a great week everyone!!:)

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