It’s still been a pretty rough couple of weeks. Most of my bruises have healed (though I am still a little stiff with shoulder pain), I bought a new car, and we’re almost done with the insurance, though it’s still a wait and see when all the other bills come in. She was speeding, but I was making a left when she hit us, and since Nevada law doesn’t allow much in the way of leeway when it comes to failure to yield, it’s shared liability. Anyway, I’ve been concentrating on healing up completely and spending time with family that have come in over the last couple of weeks. I do have book mail though, so without further ado …

My Book Of The Month Pick

I normally snag an extra book or two, but I’m already behind on TBR pile, so only one this month 🙂

Mailbox Monday (12/18)The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on January 9th 2018
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In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he's put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank--until one of them turns up dead. That's when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Surprise ARC

The first of these two was a book I looked at on BookishFirst. It’s YA, but it’s set outside of Las Vegas, has an interesting premise, and left me asking questions like “Huh. Is there a bar in Alamo?”. I won it, and it arrived finally last week, along with a surprise YA read …

Mailbox Monday (12/18)As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Expected Release Date: January 2nd 2018
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In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

Mailbox Monday (12/18)Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Expected Release Date: January 2nd 2018
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Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...

And A Crafty Bonus …

In case you’re wondering what the little glittery jar thing is in my featured image, here it is.

Bookish Biker - Christmas Jars

You’ll need: Clear glue, white glitter, jars/vases and a flameless candle.

Spray/paint glue on the inside of the jar, making it thicker at the bottom and thinning out towards the top. Pour in some glitter (also known in my house as “craft herpes”), shake/rattle/roll it around until you have the desired coverage, then pour out the excess. Allow to dry, then repeat if necessary. Easy!!