Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

May 28, 2015 Book Reviews, Books, eBooks 1 ★★★

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance RubinDenton Little's Deathdate
by Lance Rubin
Series: Denton Little #1
Published by Knopf
on April 14th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that's tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend's hostile sister. Though he's not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton's long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton's life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


You know, I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. I’ve been going through something of a book identity crisis. You see, I used to LOVE young adult books. Then I didn’t love them quite so much any more, but I still read my favorite authors. And then, I wasn’t feeling the pull to read my favorite authors (of YA that is) either. Yet, somehow, inexplicably, this book called to me from the shelf of NetGalley and I was like sure. What the heck. It might be good.

It was good.

But, just good.

In the world Denton Little lives in, everyone knows when they will die. Down to the very day. And everyone celebrates their death day, because, why not? Denton’s death date is, tragically, early. He will die on prom night, in his 17th year. Dude has been busy. So many firsts in his last days! As the book opens, Denton has his first hangover. Upon waking he discovers he’s had his first sex (and totally missed it because booze) which leads to his first love triangle (because dude has a girlfriend and sex was not with her).

Things are dramatic.

Then he discovers the beginnings on a rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? He’s disappointed. Because teenage boy.

If things don’t seem dramatic and crazy enough, things are about to get worse, when a strange man shows up at his funeral. Since you know when you’re going to die, you go to your own funeral. Fun times.


  • It’s funny. Very witty. Lance Rubin is quite the funny, witty, guy.
  • It is fast paced. I can see kids (boys especially) appreciating the quick action.
  • There’s a mystery. Mysteries are always fun.
  • The characters are fun. I’m saying fun a lot, am I not?
  • The sex isn’t handled lightly. The cheating isn’t either, which I appreciate. The drinking kind of is.
  • The adults are present, which is nice. Adults tend to go missing in YA.

All in all, it’s a fun read. Kids will love it. I finished it, which I think says a lot. I may even make an effort to read the next one. And, if I had a kind old enough for it, I would push it off on them.

Recommended, for those younger than me.




Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Reading Plans

May 26, 2015 Meme 9

Is it just me, or is it fun making lists you know you PROBABLY won’t stick to? I do this all the time, I love doing this, and I hardly ever do what I intended. At least in the last 10 years of blogging I’ve learned to not feel guilty about it. Because who the heck has time for that? Ain’t nobody got time for that! So. Here is a list of ten twelve books that I’d really like to read this summer, but I ain’t gonna sweat it if I don’t read a single one.

And, in honor of my awesome daughter and her list of 12 books to read this summer, I’m making a list of 12 as well, because I can! 😛


The Bees by Laline Paull – I’ve been in an odd mood the last few months. An odd READING mood. Offbeat things are appealing to me. Well, more offbeat that usual. And a book from the point of view of bees sounds very offbeat to me, don’t you agree?

Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford – Sounds quirky as hell. Love!

The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman – Victorian lady boxers? I AM SO THERE.

Lexicon by Max Barry – I don’t know, it just sounds hella crazy and thrilling. After enjoying Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson so much, I feel like I could handle another thrilling read.

About Alice by Calvin Trillin – I’m slowing making my way through Trillin’s backlist. This is the next one and I’m expecting a lot of laughter-and tears.

The Shore by Sara Taylor – It’s Shannon’s fault. All Shannon’s fault.


Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller – I figure I need a dystopian, even if it isn’t quite a dystopian.

Limber by Angela Pelster – Essays/stories about trees. Sounds fascinating. To me anyway.

Salvage the Bones: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward – My heartbreaker for the summer. Sounds so excellent. And so sad.

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata – Vetting this one for the kiddo. Now that she’s showing interest in reading, I’ll be reading more things for her age, so that I can push them off on her. It helps if I know it’s awesome. She can tell. Plus, it just sounds like a great book.

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht – My fantasy for the summer!

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran – I have had this on my TBR for too long and I still want to read it REALLLLY BADLY.

How about you? What’s on your summer list?


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

May 25, 2015 Books, Meme 5



Last week. Last week was a great reading week. Not only did I finish Act of God by Jill Ciment, I also listened to Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson and finished The Long Walk by Stephen King, a book that I had originally given up on during my massive slump.

Heather is happy. Heather is sorry she just spoke in the third person. Heather does that when she’s happy.


This week. I’m still working on Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl. I also started It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario, which is all kinds of excellent. Apparently I’m on a nonfiction kick.  After finishing Before I Go To Sleep, I had a hard time settling on a new audiobook, but after reading The Literate Housewife’s review of the Full Cast edition of The Graveyard Book, I decided to give it a try.

***angels sing***

It’s fantastic.


Up next. If I’m still in this nonfiction kick, I may either go with Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow or Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Plot for Global Revolution by Giles Milton.  The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman is calling to me as well, despite its fiction-ness.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

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Currently // Sunday Ramblings

May 24, 2015 Miscellaneous 18

Right this minute | I’m contemplating whether I want to do Armchair BEA or not.

Feeling | Snuffly. After working in the garden yesterday, which involved a LOT of grass pulling, my allergies are going haywire.

Reading | I started Lynsey Addario’s It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War yesterday, after finishing The Long Walk by Stephen King (FINALLY) and so far, it’s fantastic. I also finished the edge-of-my-seat thriller Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson in audio Friday. It took me a bit, but I finally settled on the full cast recording of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. WHICH IS COMPLETELY FANTASTIC.

Also, Neil Gaiman tweeted to me and Jennifer from The Lit Housewife. I’m not sure which of us was more over the moon about it!

Listening | Oh, yeah. See above? Also, lots of bluegrass. For some reason my daughter is falling in love with it.

Watching | Minecraft videos. If I don’t gouge my eyes out. My son is obsessed.

Blogging | I shared what I was reading on Monday, then Tuesday, I gave you some of my recent favorite book covers. Wednesday, I posted one of my favorite shots from our trip to Washington in March. I skipped Thursday because life was just too busy, but Friday I brought you my favorite bookish podcasts. More podcasts to come soon. I’m thinking of doing the food ones next.

Promoting | The Estella Project Season 3!!! Come and give us your favorite book to push on everyone!


Oh, and more fun things coming soon!

Loving | That my daughter has made a reading plan for the summer. She has 12 books and she wants to finish them before school starts. This nerdy mama’s heart is full.

Hating | My teeth. One of my wisdom teeth decided to act up this weekend. It hurts!

Eating | Just had some GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. Yum!

Exercising | My mind. By writing this.

Anticipating | Summer!

Meal Plan | Grilled Churrasco with Green Chimichuri – probably tonight? Also Mexican Street Corn and grilled veggies.

I’m a little homesick for Texas, so I’m planning to have some Cornmeal Fried Catfish (from The Best 30 Minute Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated cookbook) with potatoes and asparagus. I had some excellent catfish when I visited Andi last year and dude. I have such a craving.

Lastly, I am planning on Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with rice and whatever leftover veggies I have by then.

Oh, and I’m making Strawberry Ice Cream tomorrow. We always have a Bring Your Own Meats cookout at my mother-in-law’s on Memorial Day. I have a ton of chicken to take.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!



Listen Up! My Podcast List

May 22, 2015 Listen Up 7


I’ve had several requests for a list of the podcasts I listen to, so, here we go! I listen to a LOT of podcasts (we’re talking more than 40) (I know), so I’m going to divide this post into sections. This post will feature the Book podcasts I listen to.

All the Books (Subscribe)

“All the Books is a weekly show of recommendations and discussions about the most interesting and exciting new book releases.” Yes, bad for your TBR, but we all know you love adding more books so stop whining.

Books on the Nightstand (Subscribe)

“At Books on the Nightstand, we strive to bring you great book recommendations, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the world of books, bookstores and publishing. We do this through our weekly podcast and frequent blog posts.”*

Reading the End (Subscribe)

Everybody’s favorite Jennys from Reading the End get together on a regular basis to discuss books, authors, and all things literary.

Book Riot the Podcast (Subscribe)

“Reading Lives is an interview podcast with interesting people who love books.*” Guests include Clive Thompson, Nova Ren Suma, Josh Hanagarne, and Andy Weir.

New Yorker: Fiction (Subscribe)

So, authors, both famous and obscure, read (and discuss!) works and by their favorite authors, both famous and obscure.

The Longform Podcast (Subscribe)

A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer or editor on craft and career.* Recent guests include: Stephen J. Dubner, Rachel Syme, Scott Anderson, and Erik Larson.

The Organist (Subscribe)

The Organist podcast is a monthly experimental arts-and-culture program produced by KCRW and the award-winning monthly magazine, Believer.* It’s like The Believer. In stereo. Seems to be currently on hiatus and is campaigning for funds through Kickstarter. Still. Great backlog.

Bookworm (Subscribe)

Bookworm showcases writers of fiction and poetry – all interviewed with insight and precision by the show’s host Michael Silverblatt.* Recent guests include Kazuo Ishiguro, Luis Alberto Urrea, Claudia Rankine, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Do you listen to any Bookish Podcasts? Do tell!

* Excerpts from the respective podcast’s website.






Top Ten Tuesday – New Favorite Covers

May 19, 2015 Meme 9


So, while looking around for something to read (on Scribd mostly), something that I hoped would pull me out of this mega slump I’ve been in, I found a lot of fantastic covers that I wanted to share AND since this is a free week for us Top Ten Tuesday-ers, I thought I’d share them with you! I am such a sucker for a great cover and these give great cover and dang if the stuff under the covers doesn’t sound great too.

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1. Act of God by Jill Ciment. A story of two sisters, twins actually, and what happens to them after they find a phosphorescent mushroom in their apartment closet. I’m already listening to this one and it has proven to be just as quirky as I was hoping. 2. The Birthday Buyer by Adolfo Garcia Ortega. Deeply moved by the story of a three-year-old boy who died in Auschwitz, Garcia Ortega has created the possible lives the boy may have lived had he not died. It sounds completely heartbreaking, but geez, the imagery of that cover, right? 3. Everything Happens As It Does by Albena Stambolova. In the first line of the description of this novel, it is called idiosyncratic. Idiosyncratic is one of my favorite words. Then, couple that with a plot that centers on predestination and I am so there.

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4. The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman. This actually doesn’t sound like my kind of book, but geez I love that cover. 5. History of the Rain by Niall Williams. I just have to share the description: Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father, Virgil. To find him, enfolded in the mystery of ancestors, Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces, and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to her grandfather Abraham, and finally to Virgil, through wild, rain-sodden history, exploits in pole-vaulting and salmon-fishing, poetry, and the 3,958 books piled high beneath the skylights in her room. Her funny, meandering narrative sings, moves, and irrevocably inspires. I am so there. 6. How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz. It sounds like another one of those “women fiction” type books, not normally my cup of tea, but it also sounds sort of intriguing. And that cover just makes me happy.

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7. I Am Radar by Reif Larsen. I love this cover! And the description: The moment just before Radar Radmanovic is born, all of the hospital’s electricity mysteriously fails. The delivery takes place in total darkness. Lights back on, the staff sees a healthy baby boy—with pitch-black skin—born to the stunned white parents. No one understands the uncanny electrical event or the unexpected skin color. “A childbirth is an explosion,” the ancient physician says by way of explanation. “Some shrapnel is inevitable, isn’t it?” SOLD! 8. The Symmetry Teacher by Andrei Bitov. It’s described as a “metaphysical mystery novel that defies categorization and confounds expectation.” How could I not want to read that. And the cover is so perfect. 9. War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite. The letters on the cover make me think more of atlases, but it doesn’t matter. I love atlases too. And the book description makes it sound epic.


10. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. It’s a given that I will read anything Ness writes, so call me doubly delighted to see his latest book has a fantastic cover.

How about you? Seen any great covers lately?


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

May 18, 2015 Books, Meme 2


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I’m reading! I’m reading! I’m really reading!

Bout of Books had the desired effect for me. I read all week. Some days it was only 60 some pages, but I read every day and by Saturday, I had finished not one, but two books and was over halfway through two more. All in all, I call that success.

Final tally:

Books finished: 2
Pages read: 722
Finished: Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson, Rutabage the Adventure Chef Volume 1 by Eric  Colossal

I can’t wait to tell you more about Pirate Hunters. It’s the perfect summer book! Rutabaga was so much fun. Act of God is just exactly what I was looking for and Comfort Me with Apples is just that. A comfort read. Reading is back on track. Let’s just hope it stays that way!

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

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Currently // Reading, reading, reading. And some mourning.

May 17, 2015 Miscellaneous 7

Right this minute | Just finished breakfast, so I thought I’d sit down and blog for a minute before returning to my book.

Feeling | So happy! I finished TWO books yesterday and read over 100 pages of another!

Reading | I finished Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson which was completely engrossing. Robert Kurson writes wonderfully about deep sea stuffs. I also read Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal which was so funny. I can’t wait to hand it to kiddo #1. Then I read some of Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl. Over 100 pages!

Next time I’m in a slump, kindly remind me that nonfiction seems to help?

Listening | I’ve been listening to Act of God by Jill Ciment this week, plus the usual podcasts.

Watching | Nothing. I’m just not much of a watcher.

Blogging | Last week, I bemoaned my lack of reading, talked about authors I would like to meet, welcomed a new member of the fowl sort to the family (who has since tragically died) (something got her, we don’t know what), told you about my favorite podcast app, and talked a little about The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

And then, of course, Bout of Books.

Promoting | Nothing yet, but this reminds me I need to get my butt in gear. Things are brewing!

Loving | Words!

Hating | I’m pretty sure either a cat or a raccoon and witnessing my daughter’s heart break when I’m powerless to help.

Eating | I had GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. And now a banana.

Exercising | Who has time for that shit?

Anticipating | Summer!