Waiting on Wednesday [11]: Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump by Aaron James

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Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

That Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency.
Enter the philosopher Aaron James, author of the foundational text in the burgeoning field of Asshole Studies: the bestselling “Assholes: A Theory.” In this brisk and trenchant inquiry into the phenomenon that is Donald Trump, James places the man firmly in the typology of the asshole (takes every advantage, entrenched sense of entitlement, immune to criticism); considers whether, in the Hobbesian world we seem to inhabit, he might not somehow be a force for good i.e., the Stronger Asshole; and offers a suggestion for how the bonds of our social contract, spectacularly broken by Trump s (and Ted Cruz s) disdain for democratic civility, might in time be repaired.
You will never think about Donald Trump the same way after reading this book. And, like it or not, think about him we must.”


Because I will take advantage of the chance to go on a political rant.

Because this man has it coming.

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Waiting on Wednesday [10]: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

23566896 Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Mulholland Books
Adult Fiction | Suspense | Mystery


Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage.

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

The suspect is 17-year-old Violette LeBrac whose grandfather was responsible for a bombing that claimed the lives of dozens of people fourteen years ago; and whose mother, Noor, has been serving a life sentence for the part she was supposed to have played in the attack.

As Bish is dragged into the search for the missing Violette, he finds himself reluctantly working with Noor LeBrac and her younger brother, Jimmy Sarraf.

And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more Bish realizes that they may have got it wrong all those years ago, and that truth wears many colours. Especially when it comes to the teenagers on board the recent bus bombing. Including his daughter.

Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Bish can’t get Violette LeBrac’s words out of his head. But what he may get is some sort of peace with his own past as the worlds of those involved in two bombings, years apart, collide into the journey of his life.


This book is shelved under fkmne14acpy on my Goodreads.

If you must know, the shelf stands for FUCK KILL MARRY ANYONE FOR A COPY. Go on. Check it out. You will see that there are only two books in there.

I’ve contacted her publicist back at the beginning of the year to find out when a cover will be revealed, but I didn’t hear from anyone. Last week, Carina of Carina’s Books featured this book on her WoW and I feel like shit because I’ve fallen on my duties as the literary goddess’ guardian on this side of the world. I mean, how could I have missed it?! How could I have missed the moment in time when the cover was posted on Goodreads? I hang my head in shame.

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Waiting on Wednesday [9]: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

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The Dirt on the Ninth Grave \ Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson, #9 \ January 5th, 2016


In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.


WARNING: EXCESSIVE USE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS AHEAD. 

A blurb! A cover! Oh happy day!!! Y’all know I don’t do WoW that often. But when I do, you know it’s a big freaking deal. This book is worth the goat sacrifice, y’all! That pesky cliff hanger at the end of book 8 was just plain torture, and the only thing that can absolve Ms. Jones of her misgivings is to amend that quick by throwing a copy my way! So if you run into her, please do let her know.  So so so many things I’m looking forward to. I can’t wait to see this relationship between Ms. Charley and the cook! *wink, wink*

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Waiting on Wednesday [8]: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | St. Martin’s Griffin | Publication Date: October 6th, 2015


Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.


I just finished reading Fangirl. Do you know what it’s like to be afflicted with book hangover? What am I saying? Of course you do. But if it’s been forever since you’ve had one, let me describe it to you:
It’s like that morning after the most incredible night of your life and you’re still a little drunk. The love of your life cooks you breakfast: bacon, huevos rancheros, pancakes…the works. But just the thought of eating makes you want to projectile-vomit on his face while you curse the day he was born. You just can’t think about eating. ANYTHING.
That’s how I feel right now. I don’t know what to do with myself. I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same.  How do I go on? And then I realized, this. THIS book is the cure.
But how do I get a copy? Who do I have to f*ck/kill/marry? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Sigh.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday [7]: China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

22674105 PUBLICATION DATE: June 16th, 2015
Knopf Doubleday


 

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined.

Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.


When was the last time I’ve done one of these, you ask? Well, considering I’ve been blogging for a number of years and this is only the 7th time I’ve done one of these posts…I honestly cannot even remember.

My need for this book is dire. This is Kevin Kwan’s second book; his follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians. I didn’t even know there was an instalment until I saw some pretty lucky bloggers Instagramming their ARCs. After adding this book to my Goodreads shelves, I slaughtered a virgin goat and offered it to the statue of Libriosa (ARC-giving goddess). Hopefully, she’ll hear my prayers and grant me this wish.

What are you waiting on today?

 

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Book Lust [WoW #6]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme featured by Jill on Breaking the Spine which highlights all the great books we’re lusting, needing, wanting to get. Book Lust is a feature on my blog where I embarrass myself by drooling over books that I’d sell an organ for. 

PUBLICATION DATE: October 30th, 2012

Nothing is certain and no one is safe in the second book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy, which MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog called “better than The Hunger Games.”

It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise.
What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants? In this much-anticipated follow-up to the riveting Blood Red Road, a fierce heroine finds herself at the crossroads of danger and destiny, betrayal and passion.

There had been ARCs of this book popping around everywhere. Unfortunately for me, I’m one of the unlucky ones who didn’t get one. Sucks to be me.  I need this like Saba needed a tall, glass of…Jack. Heh. 
What are you jonesing for?
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Waiting on Wednesday (4): Lover Reborn by JR WARD

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
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Expected Publication: March 27th, 2012
Lover Reborn by JR WARD
#10 Black Dagger Brotherhood

If you guys haven’t checked out this series yet, you must do so stat! It’s probably one of those books that I’ll never get tired of no matter how many times I whine about vampires being a thing of the past.

The synopsis is not available but I believe this is Tohrment’s story. I really hope he gets his happily-ever-after this time, the poor brother. 

I can’t wait to read this!

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Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine which showcases books that I’m just dying to read!
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Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected – and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What – or who – will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena – and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself – forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

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*chews nails* Oh man. The synopsis sounds so ominous, isn’t it? I’m simultaneously scared and excited to read this third instalment to the Caster Chronicles series. I just want my boy Ethan to have a moment of peace. But I guess, if you live in mystical Gatlin, it’s just too much to ask. 

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