saturday scoop

carpe librum 

 seize the book!  What a great thought.

Welcome book lovers 

saturday scoop features a "scoop" on books- whether it's my review or other book related news you may have missed. 

this book just came out tuesday and i was louck enough to have read an ARC of it: 

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.
Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game—and his heart—to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.
Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She's living the life she wanted as a librarian. He's a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.


i'm not going to say much about this beautifully written magical and inspiring story except


oh- and maybe keep a few tissues close by too!

this book made me smile, laugh and as mentioned above shed a few tears. 

annika is a special character that touched my heart on so many levels. there was also a sense of nostalgia here for me too in the settings (time frame and places).