Friday Finds #56 & the weekend.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by Babs at Babs Book Bistro*All linked to Goodreads*


Hey!

It’s finally Friday and I am sooo happy! I’ve been dying for the weekend to get here, especially this weekend. I just have to survive work today and I am freeeeee! More on why I am dying for the weekend to happen NOW toward the end of this post. Let’s talk about books! I haven’t been adding a ton to my TBR shelves lately. I am trying to be really picky and cautious with what I add, because I am just drowning in books that I own to read and books I want to read. Here are three books (with descriptions) that I added to my Goodreads TBR shelves recently. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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The Girls by Emma Cline

I didn’t really know much about this book, but then I was watching an Epic Reads YouTube video and they talked about how it had to do with the Charles Manson “cult”. I say cult in quotations, because I have strong feelings about it. To where I actually don’t feel like it was a cult at all and I maybe even defend him a little. Anyway, I’ve always been fascinated by Charles Manson since I can remember. So I added this to my Goodreads TBR and I also bought the e-book, because I couldn’t resist. I can’t wait to read it.

Goodreads Description: Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.


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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter sounds like it’s going to be really awesome. I read Crouch’s series Wayward Pines and I loved it so much. I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Crouch’s new book! If it’s anything like Wayward Pines, then I know it’s going to be so amazing!

Goodreads Description: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible. Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.


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Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner…do I even have to say more? The Serpent King was amazing. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of the year. I will read anything that Zentner puts out. Is it March 2017 yet?! Goodbye Days sounds like it’ll be really good and I am stoked.

Goodreads Description: Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a “goodbye day” together to share their memories and say a proper farewell. Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

And now to why I am excited that it’s Friday…I am off to Orlando today after work! I am going to be staying the weekend with my childhood best friend; who I haven’t seen in almost 12 years! WHAAAT!? We lost contact so long ago and then maybe 2-3 years ago we got back in touch (the story of how that happened is pretty crazy and our friendship is pretty much fate!) and now we are finally going to hangout. LONG OVERDUE! So what’s the story? She doesn’t have any social media, so I could never find her over the years. One day I was scrolling through Pinterest in the “everything” section, which is basically where it gets updated every time someone (and I’m sure there are millions of Pinterest users/pins) on the website pins something. Well…I happen to scroll past one of her pins! What are the freaking odds? Out of millions I happen to stumble upon one of hers at random. We happened to be online at the same time, because that’s how it is. It’s a live feed of people pinning things at that moment. The last time I had talked to her was probably eight years before the day I found her again. I told you, our friendship is fate and we were always supposed to be friends.

It’s going to be so much fun hanging out again with her after so many years! I pray it’s not awkward, but I don’t think it will be. We still text and stuff since I found her again. We will also be going to Harry Potter World on Saturday and I am BEYOND stoked about that. I have been dying to go and it’s finally happening! I can’t wait to drink all the butterbeer, pumpkin juice, and eat all the chocolate frogs! And of course ALL THE Harry Potter things! 😛 I am also excited to go on some roller coasters. It’s been so long since I’ve been on one! Universal Studios also opened up a new King Kong ride and I am stoked! Expect pictures posted on both of my Instagram accounts, so follow me so you can see them as it’s happening!

Instagram Personal: heyyitsashley
Instagram Bookstagram: foreverbookish_

I will most likely also be doing a blog post next week of my experience at Harry Potter World, so be on the look out for that and more pictures.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday.
Thoughts|| Every Exquisite Thing.

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

ashleybluegray

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5 thoughts on “Friday Finds #56 & the weekend.

  1. I really need to get on it and read a Jeff Zentner book! I’ve heard all the amazing things about The Serpent King, which I really need to read. I had never heard of Goodbye Days before your post so looks like that book is jumping straight to the TBR too! :3

    That’s so exciting that you reconnected with your friend! I had a similar experience (though not as exciting as your story; I just met my friend at an event!) and it was such a nice feeling. I hope you have lots of fun in Orlando!

    • Yes, you definitely need to read The Serpent King! It was so amazing and I loved it so much. Goodbye Days sounds like it’ll be so good and I can’t wait to see what Zentner comes up with next!

      It was so awesome reconnecting with my old friend! I had so much fun and hopefully this week I’ll be able to do a blog post all about it! 😀

  2. That sounds so awesome! What a great trip. My husband and I went to Universal Orlando just over a year ago (it’s quite a trip, as we live in CA) and we especially loved Diagon Alley. They even have pasties for snack foods ^^ Also, butterbeer is the most delicious thing you will ever taste ever 🙂

    Have a great time with your friend!

    P.S. Dark Matter looks super cool! I hope you enjoy it and get a chance to review it soon!

    • Harry Potter world was so much fun! It was so awesome to be able to experience all the Harry Potter things. The butterbeer was really sweet, but I still loved it! 😀 I definitely want to go back ASAP already! 🙂

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