Books, Y’all

I love books. I love fiction books and biography books and plays (arguably a type of book) and  mystery books and coloring books and…who said that? I definitely probably don’t have any coloring boo….. Okay, I totally do. Whatever, let’s move on. When I haven’t been coloring or working on my own manuscript recently, these are some of the books I’m newly obsessed with.

One Kick by Chelsea Cain


Chelsea Cain is new to me, but I think everyone else already loves her; her Gretchen/Archie series seems to be pretty popular on these here interwebs. I haven’t read any of them yet, but if they’re anything like One Kick then I can’t wait to start. One Kick tells the story of Kick (Kit) Lannigan, who was notoriously kidnapped at age six and rescued five years later. At age 21, she crosses paths with a mysterious stranger who needs her help to uncover a dark, twisted maze of child pornographers and save their latest victims.

I LOVED this book. Caps-lock loved, so that’s pretty serious. The writing was fast-paced, chock full of great action and vivid imagery. Besides that, there was something irresistible about the combination of sexual tension and danger. Bishop is welcome to break into my apartment anytime, heyooo.

One of my favorite parts is that I’m never sure whether the title character is schizophrenic or not. Let me see if I can elaborate without spoiling too much of the action….no, I can’t. You just have to buy your own copy and decide for yourself. Except I kind of hope that she is, what an interesting layer that would be. One Kick is the first book in Cain’s new series, so I guess I’ll get to find out later.

I actually listened to this book – thanks to Audible’s nifty audio book service that keeps me from murdering people during my twice-a-day rush hour commute – and I cannot tell you the number of times I sat inside my (turned off) car, not wanting to stop listening (/reading…does it still count as reading if it’s an audio book? I’m not sure. Someone decide and let me know.). Wow that was a really long and embarrassing run-on sentence. This book just really excites me and makes me throw caution and the rules of syntax to the wind.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown


I love so many things about this book. First and foremost that the author looks like this.


Just kidding, we can be serious and discuss literature now that I’m done being lusty and inappropriate. This is the story of Darrow, a lowly Red who learns that he, along with his people, are enslaved by the supreme reigning Golds. After some exposition in which I may or may not have cried over fictional characters I just met four pages ago, Darrow decides to take down the corrupt system from within.

This book is dark. It’s intense. It’s rich. The language is vivid and lyrical, beautiful yet raw. The main character is deeply complex. Flawed. Imperfect. Chillingly relatable. Brown’s writing reminds me of all the reasons I fell in love with Shakespearean tragedies and epic theatre. It subtly pays homage to Game of Thrones, and borrows from Greek and Roman mythology. It is so intricate and layered, I actually started reading it over again when I finished it this weekend – a book from which you can probably draw something new with every read, you know?

Yes, it has been and will continue to be compared to the Hunger Games, Divergent (which we all know I love) and every other dystopian novel. But this is far more complex and mature than anything I’ve read in the genre.

Now that I’ve finished this one I’m dying for the second to come out. Okay not literally dying, but like I want it more than I want a taco right now. So Pierce, if you’re reading this, HURRY with your wonderfully haunting fiction, my talented (pretend boy)friend.


Legend by Marie Lu


I suggested this book for my unofficial blogger book club with Stephanie, Sevi, Valery and Jordan after Buzzfeed suggested it to me…personally. I’m lying. It was in this post right here, which I suspect people besides me read as well.

Here’s the quick and dirty (oooer) synopsis: somewhere in the future, in a place that was once Los Angeles, young June Iparis is a prodigious agent rising in the ranks of the Republic’s vast military, armed with extreme intelligence and meticulous training. She comes from money and has a bright future ahead of her. In the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is a notorious criminal, wanted by the Republic for a list of crimes as long as his family is hungry. When their paths cross under unfortunate circumstances, they uncover the dark secrets the Republic is hiding, and the lengths it will go to to keep them undiscovered.

Probably my favorite aspect of this book is that it’s told from two different characters’ perspectives; I find it very interesting as a reader to see the action unfold from two different viewpoints – it’s why ensemble casts will always be my favorite. Oops, sorry, my theatre nerd is showing. One scene in particular gave me chills – a situation reminiscent of China’s Tiananmen Square protests and massacre. I got to visit Tiananmen Square a few years back, and Lu perfectly captured the eerie sense of corruption and evil under the guise of social order. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.

Deep, dark, creepy thoughts aside, the writing is fast-paced and full of life. It was an easy, exciting and fun read. Girls – I can’t wait to discuss it with you at happy hour tonight!


Many Paws by Susan DeGarmo


As in “menopause.” See what Susan DeGarmo did there? Self-described as a “light-hearted interactive pop-up book for women on getting older and going through the change,” this book is laugh-out-loud funny and delightfully lewd in the best way possible. Much to Andy’s chagrin, I actually burned the Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese (#classy) the other night because I was so caught up in this story.

Google tells me it’s an altered book, which is “a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.” It is wonderfully entertaining and highly experiential – it is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I loved it.

Now, at age 25 I cannot relate firsthand to anyone going through menopause, though I feel some kind of kindred spirit-ness with the book’s target audience. It could have to do with my premature hot flashes and those gray hairs I’ve noticed popping up – I thought I was too young for that?

And here’s the deal: you can win your very own copy of Susan DeGarmo’s Many Paws today! All you have to do is comment below by the time I check this blog again tomorrow morning for a chance to win.

I’m so excited because this is my very first sponsored giveaway – I’m moving on up in the blog world, y’all! I’m so happy that my first giveaway gets to be one of my favorite things in this world, second only to tacos and pinot grigio – books. YAY BOOKS.


You know where I stand: basically if you aren’t dropping everything to go get yourself a copy of the first three books and commenting to possibly win the last, what are you even doing with your life?


—The Wife in Training

Not-So-Fine Print: I received two free copies of “Many Paws” by Susan DeGarmo from the author’s literary agency. I’m keeping one copy and giving the other away because I’m generous like that, YOU’RE WELCOME. Winning comment will be selected at random tomorrow morning after my third cup of coffee via one of those fancy schmancy random number generator thing-a-ma-bobs on the Google machine. Winner will be notified via email or Twitter, depending on our personal level of mutual harassment love.

UPDATE: As of September 17, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. entries are closed. You can still comment if you want (actually I quite encourage it), but you are no longer in the running to become America’s next top model win a copy of Many Paws by Susan DeGarmo. Thanks to all who participated!


  • Reply September 16, 2014

    Natalie @ Never Serious Blog

    GIMME ALL OF THEM. But especially the last one. Please. And thanks. And let’s meet for more wine.

  • Reply September 16, 2014

    chelsea @ the new wifestyle

    yay! so excited i have some suggestions for books to read now and your very thorough synopsis of them! also-baller status on getting your first sponsored giveaway and that it’s a book. nicely done lady

  • Reply September 16, 2014



    Get it?

    I want these. Why aren’t you giving away all of them? Oh, and I think you should know that I am impressed by how well you described each of these books. I’ve always felt that explaining what a book is about without spoiling anything yet making it sound interesting is a big talent and YOU WIN THAT.

  • Reply September 16, 2014


    So I stayed up late last night to finish Red Rising and OMG! Love this even more than Divergent and the Hunger Games. The writing, the world building, the characters!! And that teaser at the end for the second book…why must you include that when I have to wait until January to know what happens!?!

  • Reply September 16, 2014

    Courtney Pettis

    I would love a copy of Many Paws!!

  • Reply September 16, 2014


    Audiobooks DEFINITELY count as reading. Because otherwise I hardly read anything and that’s just not okay.

    Also, I still have my Legend talking points saved in phone so…’re welcome.

  • Reply September 16, 2014

    Donna Mason

    I LIVE THE MANY PAWS life EVERY SINGLE DAY, I would love to read this. Unlike most of your followers I am at that age!!!!! I just love your blog and your sense of humor. Seriously would love to read this book as I know I can relate to all that is mentioned in the book and I have EARNED IT FOR HOT FLASH COMBAT PAY!!!!! :)

  • Reply September 16, 2014

    Becca @ Becoming Adorrable

    Hmm, that book looks really good, and how have I not read any of these?

  • Reply September 17, 2014

    Ruth Meharg

    Pick me! Then I won’t have to buy my mom a birthday present. Actually, I didn’t buy my dad’s birthday present yet…he might need help finding some humor in the midst of all the paws.

  • Reply September 17, 2014


    Pick me! I mean, can you ship to China?! #holla #jk

  • Reply September 17, 2014


    And the winner is……..lucky #8! Hey congrats Becca Dorr, I’ll track you down on Twitter to get you your prize. Thanks to everyone for entering and making my first giveaway super duper awesome.

  • Reply September 18, 2014


    We must discuss Legend! Red Rising just shot to the very top of my list thanks to that hot author.

  • Reply September 18, 2014


    I don’t even want to comment because I’m not going to win

  • Reply September 18, 2014


    this is blasphemy. you excluded canadia and I’m quite distraught

  • Reply September 18, 2014


    I’m not even going through many paws, menopause, whatever, I just like to win things

  • Reply September 18, 2014


    I wonder how many comments I can leave before I get angry texts from you asking me to stop

  • Reply September 18, 2014


    love you longest of times, I’m done.

  • Reply September 29, 2014

    shannon @ gin & bare it

    is cute author man married?
    and ya whatever i don’t even care that i’m married.

    also what types of smut would you recommend?

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