Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/12 – 9/18/16


Happy Sunday evening bookworms!

I missed posting my weekly wrap-up last weekend as I was in a wedding, and was busy the entire weekend with wedding festivities.  This week was a productive week on the blog!  Here is what I had going on…

*Weekly Wrap-Up is a weekly post where I feature what posts were published on the blog for the past week, any bookish/blog happenings, what I recently finished reading, what I am currently reading, and what I will be reading next.

Life Update:

I completed the Air Force 10k yesterday, which is part of the U.S. Air Force Marathon that takes place every year at the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

I finished in 1:06:47, which is a far cry from my PR of 59:49.  I did very minimal training (by minimal I mean hardly any at all), so I’m happy with my time.  I was in the top 24% of over 2,300 runners in the 10k event.  There were over 15,000 runners from all 50 states that took part in either the 5k, 10k, half, or full marathon.

This week on the blog:

Monday 9/12


Author Interview: Tiffany McDaniel, Author of The Summer That Melted Everything

Tuesday 9/13


Kids’ Corner: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Wednesday 9/14


Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Thursday 9/15


Book Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Friday 9/16


Book Review: Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

Blog/Bookish happenings:


I won an autographed copy of The Neverland Wars from the author on a Twitter giveaway!  I can’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous book.


Recently finished reading:


5-Star Rating System

This book.  I don’t even know how to explain it.  If I could take this book and split it into two books, they would both be home runs.  Review to come soon.

AManCalledOveAmazon Goodreads

5-Star Rating System

I actually really enjoyed this book.  This is a slower paced book that will give you the feel goods.  I actually cried at the end… I adored Ove.

FYI “Ove” is pronounced “OO (as in too)-Vuh.  It’s Swedish.

Currently reading:



I am about 70% through this book.  So far it is a cutesy YA read.  I adore the dialogue between the characters, but if I read the word “cliché” one more time in this book I’m going to scream.  I kid you not, the word is on almost EVERY page.


I am loving my first Neil Gaiman book!  I am about 65% through.  I almost wish I would have saved this for October for some Halloween reading, but close enough.

On deck:



How was your week?

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)

17 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/12 – 9/18/16”

  1. Amanda you’re seriously my #GOALS! lol amazing! Kids, a marathon, and a productive blog! I need to read your review of Don’t You Cry in a bit, I’ve heard mixed reviews. The first time I heard the correct way to pronounce Ove I shook my head like no that’s not going to stick lol. Your 1st Gaiman! Ahhh! I bet it will turn you over to the dark side for life, I read Stardust & now I’m just carefully trying to decide btwn The Graveyard Book & Neverwhere. I tried American Gods but failed miserably & I had such high hopes that I would LOVE it! turns out I’m not the only one, it’s a tough one that either you love or hate. I’ll wait for the tv series for that one. Great Week 🙂

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    1. Oh my gosh this is the nicest comment EVER! I promise my life isn’t as put together as it seems! I am a stay-at-home Mother, so I don’t have all the hardships that working Moms do. I think you working Moms are the heroes! You have to do everything that I do, but you are also bringing home the bacon.

      A Man Called Ove was super cute. Defiantly a slower paced feel good type of book.

      I’m really enjoying The Graveyard Book! I feel like I’m watching a Tim Burton or Henry Selick film!

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      1. I can only imagine how tough being a stay at home mom is though, you gals make it look easy but I know it’s nowhere near it! Adding a kid to the mix made it even more challenging. I play with the idea of going part-time just to have more of a presence but all in due time 😉 & yes! I love the dark feel his writing gives off 🙌🏼 I can def see Tim Burton bringing one of his novels to life 🙃🙂🙃

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  2. I’m so glad you’re finally getting to read Gaiman! I really love his writing. For me, I didn’t get into him until I listened to an audiobook he narrated (The House at the End of the Lane)– at that point I feel like his writing style finally clicked for me.
    I can’t wait to read your reviews.

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      1. Yayyy! I’m so glad. Plus, now you can really understand what his words mean to him as well. I love listening to authors read their own works.

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