June 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: We Should Hang Out Sometime and The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

This week's picks:

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist

Goodreads' description:

"A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places."

This one sounds quirky and fun, and even better it's apparently autobiographical (embarrassingly, even!). I need some more humorous books in my life, so I'll be keeping an eye out for this one. 

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

Goodreads' description:

"Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin offers an ingenious fictional take on the "oral history" celebrity bio that defined a bestselling genre: Edie, American Girl by Jean Stein and George Plimpton. In presenting herself as interviewer and curator of memories, Adele paints the portrait of a tragic young celebrity who allegedly committed suicide—presented in a series of brief first-person recollections—that ultimately results in the solving of a murder. 

Adele's words: "From the moment she burst into the downtown art scene, seventeen-year-old Addison Stone was someone to watch. Her trademark subversive street art and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more about this brilliant wild-child who shone so bright and was gone too soon. By means of more than one hundred interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—I have retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life, with research that sheds new evidence on what really happened the night of July 28, 2013. With photo inserts and previously unpublished supplemental material.""

I've read a few books by Adele Griffin in the past, and been impressed by all of them. Her writing is simply superb. This book — solving a murder within a celebrity bio — sounds a little different from some of the other ones she's written. 

What books are you waiting for? 


  1. The Unfinished Life sounds just up my alley. I am going to be adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for introducing me!

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  2. These both sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

    Lazy Book Lovers

  3. "We Should..." sounds really good. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  4. First I've heard of these. Sound good.

    My WOW

  5. I big ole YES! to We Should Hang Out Sometime. I adore Josh Sundquist, he's just so funny. I can't wait to read this one!

  6. Super excited for both of these Danya! We Should Hang Out Sometime just came to my attention at BEA and it sounds like it's going to be amazing. And super funny:) Gotta love a book that can make me laugh! Fabulous picks:)

  7. They both sounds interesting, I'll have to check them out.

    Once Upon A Dream Books

  8. Ooh, both of these sound really good! I'd seen We Should Hang Out Sometime around but hadn't realized exactly what it's about. Sounds like one with lots of laughs. :) Great picks!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  9. I do like a good humorous story, but I wonder if I'd get embarrassed by proxy by WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME. It happens when I watch certain movies, but I'm not sure I've ever read a book like this (or if I have, I blocked it out!).

  10. we should hang out sometime is reminiscent of a couple of movies i saw. sounds fun though :)

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks


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