Happy book birthday to The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood! To celebrate, we're posting our answers to questions we were asked for the blog tour--answers from a few months ago, and answers from today. Read on to see more about the book, about the author, and where you can find more bloggers answering questions about #thisiswhoiamnow from February this year, then the same questions again a few months later.
About The Square Root of Summer
My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .
Last summer, Gottie's life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her - the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) - and he wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time - back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .
During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.
About the Author
Harriet Reuter Hapgood is a freelance journalist who has worked with Marie Claire, ELLE, and InStyle in the U.K. The Square Root of Summer was inspired by her German mathematician grandfather and her lifelong obsession with YA romance. She majored in Romantic Comedies at Newcastle University and wrote her MA dissertation on Dawson's Creek. She lives in Nottingham.
#ThisIsWhoIAmNow - Questions and Alethea's Answers
What brings you the most joy in life?
I mean, I still love my cats, but I also love having a working air compressor and not randomly stopping (read: car turning off completely for no reason) in the middle of the freeway. Oh and being able to plug my phone into the car for music, audiobooks, texting and navigation is pretty sweet. Yeah. (Thanks, parents, for helping us pay off hubby's car so we can be a one-car-payment family.)
What are you reading?
Ugh, yeah, not a lot of reading was going on in February that didn't involve a textbook. And I didn't want to take a photo of the textbook. No one needs to commemmorate that pile of blah.
I can't just read one thing when I am reading. I'm partway through The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (read by Scott Brick), The Haters by Jesse Andrews, and The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (of course!) Not pictured, because I'm reading an eBook and I didn't think to grab the cover image off the internet--The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen. I am just thankful that the class I'm taking now is nowhere nearly as stressful and crazy as my last one.
What is something you're really looking forward to?
Reaaaaaally looking forward to the end of that class. I kept this book close by, thinking I would reward myself with a chapter every time I finished a chapter of my textbook, but the last thing I wanted to do after reading that textbook was more reading, even if it was going to be fun!
This! This event is going to be so much fun. I am really looking forward to it, although I'm dreading it a little also. (See next question/answer.)
What is one thing that's worrying you?
I hope you're sensing a theme with that class I had in February. I seriously was so stressed out with worry that I would often just blank out on stuff. Like where to find and complete the quizzes and assignments that were due the first two weeks. Yikes.
I'm definitely a worrier. I've been working on this book festival project for ages now, and we're less than two weeks away, and I keep thinking, did I think of everything? Did I do everything that needed to be done? I still don't know. Totally drawing a blank here. I'll let you know after May 14th, I guess. *gulp*
I mean, things usually turn out fine in the end. My grade for that class that had me all wound up in February? A-. Not too shabby, and I would settle for an A- on this event as well.
What is something that you always have with you?
I was not a big fan of February 2016. Not. At. All.
Now that I can breathe again, I can concentrate more on productivity and creativity.
What is something you wish you could change?
FEBRUARY AND MAY 2016
This answer is the same for both months. I'm trying to eat better, exercise more, and re-organize my life (the way I used to be once). Like Gottie, I am having this past-present conflict between the way things are and the way I want them to be. I'm not there yet. Maybe soon.
Check out this list for more bloggers answering these same questions! (I'll try to get the links updated on Tuesday, but there are so many!)
- Art, Books, Coffee Blog
- Book Briefs
- Bumbles and Fairytales
- Confessions of a Book Junkie
- Manga Mania Cafe
- Ticket to Anywhere
- The Irish Banana
- Firefly Read It
- Across the Words
- Books and Makeup
- Ex Libris Kate
- Dark Faerie Tales
- Jenuine Cupcakes
- Miss Print
- Mundie Moms
- Nobs Book Reviews
- Seeing Double in Neverland
- Reading Teen
- Starry Eyed Revue
- Read Now, Sleep Later (that's us!)
- Forever Young Adult
- Gone Pecan
- Book Rambles
- Perpetual Page Turner
- Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
- Twirling Pages
- Andi's ABCs
- That Artsy Reader Girl
- Waste Paper Prose
- Evie Bookish
- Book Rook Reviews
- Fiction Fare
- Lady Knight Reads
- Book Nerds Across America
- Page Turners' Blog
- Tripping Over Books
- Consummate Reader
- Ageless Pages Reviews
- A Perfection Called Books
- XPresso Reads
- Good Books and Good Wine
- Swoony Boys Podcast