Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/28 – 12/4/16


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope to find everyone well this evening.  Did everyone have a good weekend?  It is getting to the point that my weekends are so hectic that I actually welcome the start of the week.  I never thought there would be a time in my life that I wouldn’t dread Monday’s arrival…

*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, noteworthy posts around the bookish blogosphere, what I recently finished reading, what I am currently reading, and what I will be reading next.

This week on the blog:

Monday 11/28


Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Tuesday 11/29


Kids’ Corner: Book Review of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

Wednesday 11/30


November 2016 Wrap-Up + Book Haul

Thursday 12/1

dec2016tbrDecember 2016 TBR

Bookish/Blog happenings:


» After 9 months of blogging, I hit the 200 posts mark!  Technically I have no idea if this is above or below average, but these little notifications always make me happy so whatever.


» My giveaway of the signed copy of The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel concluded on 11/30 at 11:59 EST.  The winner was randomly selected through Rafflecopter. I am happy to announce that Naz @Read Diverse Books was the lucky winner!  If you don’t already, I highly recommend following his blog.  As his blog name suggests, Naz’s blog centers around diversity in literature and promoting the works of and about people of color and other marginalized voices.

Around the blogosphere:

» CW @Read, Think, Ponder shares some book recommendations that include positive female friendships → Book Recs: Fantastic Female Friendships

» Naz @Read Diverse Books shares some new releases by Native American authors to add to your TBR in honor of Native American Heritage Month → 2016 Book Releases by Native Americans To Read Before And After The Year Ends

» Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read talks about how she wants to see more books that accurately portray anxiety → I Want to See More: Anxiety

 » Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books discusses originality among book bloggers → Being Original: A Must for Book Bloggers?

» Rachel @Life of a Female Bibliophile shares some Christmas ideas for the bookworm in your life → Top 10 Literary Christmas Gifts

» Aimal @bookshelves and paperbacks is hosting (along with others) a diversity readathon challenge called the #DiversityDecBingo → Diversity December Bingo

» CW @Read, Think, Ponder makes a promise to us as a diverse book blogger → My Promise as a Diverse Book Blogger

» Casey @adoptabookus talks about instalove, and why she loves it → Insta love and why I love it

Recently finished reading:

*All titles link to Goodreads

» The Girls by Emma Cline


5-Star Rating System

*3.5 Stars

Summary of feelings: I have very conflicted feelings about this one.  On one hand, I think Cline was on point with her depiction of cults and how people are drawn into them.  On the other hand, the ending felt a little flat.  There were also a few things that came about in the plot that didn’t end up going anywhere.  This could have been intentional to throw the reader off, but it didn’t sit right with me.

» The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick


5-Star Rating System

*3.5 Stars

Summary of feelings: This was a quick and fun little read.  I really enjoyed the storyline, which was a historical fiction with mystery elements.  I am not sure if you could consider this steam punk or not?  I guess I am not exactly clear on what classifies a book as steam punk, but this book includes lots of machinery.  After doing some research, I didn’t realize the print version of this book has gorgeous illustrations… I actually listened to this via audiobook, so I am wondering if I would have enjoyed this more had I read it in print form.  I must admit, I am now curious about it.

Currently reading:

» Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn


I am a little over 50% through this one and am really enjoying it.  I am enjoying it so much that if things keep going the way they are going, I’m positive this book will be one of my favorite reads of 2016.  Set in Jamaica, Here Comes the Sun is a story about a family a women desperate to change their fates.  It is a very interesting tale about how indigent locals live alongside Jamaica’s elite and the tourists that travel there.

» The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel


This is my book club’s selection for November/December.  It was chosen because it takes place in a small town called Oakwood (Ohio) which is where the majority of our members are from ((I live in a neighboring town, so I am still very familiar with the location)).  I have been putting off reading this one because murder mysteries are not really my thing.  Don’t get me wrong, it is pretty cool to see local landmarks, restaurants, stores, streets etc. mentioned in the book, but I’m not sure this one is going to be my particular cup of tea.  Thus far there are just too many far fetched occurrences, particularly in the police investigation.   One of the reasons WHY I don’t frequent the murder mystery genre is because they can be so unrealistic.   I am 50% through and at this point I am just going to try and enjoy it instead of analyze it.  I have never DNF’ed a book club book and I’m not about to start now.

» Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


I only just started this one today and am only 5% through, but I am already absorbed in it.

On deck:

» And I Darken by Kiersten White


How was your week?

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)

28 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/28 – 12/4/16”

    1. Thanks lady! I have so many books I’d love to re-read at some point, but I never seem to find the time to get back around to them 😕 New books just keep coming and coming… maybe we could get all the authors in the world to take a year off and let us all play catch up 😂

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  1. Thank you for including me in your post Amanda and congrats on 200 followers! You deserve them all 😀 I’m happy your liking Small Great Things! I really enjoyed it even though Turks POV was so hard to read I hated all his hate.

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    1. Ahhhh so the 200 benchmark was 200 posts on the blog, but now that you mention it, I can see that it does indeed look just like the notification for followers too lol Oops! I hit 200 followers a few months ago, I’m creeping up on 300 😁 You are so welcome! It was such a cute post ❤️

      I’ve only read one chapter with Turks POV, and yes it is full of hate. I’m sure it will only get worse.

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      1. Opps *hide in embarrassment* well yay for 200 posts! Turks character is just like trying to swallow something sour but I did like that Jodi included him otherwise it wouldn’t have been a book, it must have been hard writing him though I wouldn’t want to get into the head of Turk

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      2. I read a fellow bloggers post about seeing Jodi Picoult speak about writing the book and she said it was the hardest book she has ever written. I believe she even did interviews with white supremacists to write Turks perspective… can you imagine interviewing someone with so much hate?

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      3. Yes I read the Authors note and she spoke about her research a bit the amount of research she did was incredible she really got into peoples heads for this to show 3 completely contrasting characters (don’t read the Authors note till the end though because spoilers XD)

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  2. I am still on the fence about whether or not to read The Girls. A lot of readers seem to have mixed feelings. I am sure I will give in eventually. I am still pretty excited to see how you feel about And I Darken.

    Isn’t crazy how with family life, our weekends can be so busy that a Monday sounds like a nice break haha 😂

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    1. I definitely still think The Girls is a worthwhile read, I just didn’t necessarily like how some things felt unresolved. I’ll get around to writing a review at some point.

      And I Darken has lots of mixed reviews as well, so we shall see how that one goes.

      Haha I figured there would be a few bloggers with families that may relate to the craziness of the weekends 😅

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  3. Check you out with all the blogging you’ve been doing lately!! Oh, cool, you’re reading And I Darken soon. Lada is so fierce, unlike any other character. Wow, everyone’s been saying lately what a crazy past few weeks it’s been; I guess you and I are no exception. I’m not sure what it’ll take for it to happen, but I sure am looking forward to a breather!

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  4. I’m seeing Small Great Things literally EVERYWHERE…. I think I’ll actually bump it up the trusty ol’ TBR list so I can see what all the buzz is about. I’m looking forward to your review 🙂


  5. I love reading these posts because your reading schedule seems so beautifully organised! Meanwhile I’m here telling myself I’m about to read one book whilst sneakily starting a completely different one behind my back. Gah.

    Looks like you had a great week! Congrats to Naz – he totally deserves the win ❤ I'm curious to see what you think of Here Comes the Sun, I discovered that book maybe a month or two ago and wasn't sure if it was something that I'd love or hate – can't wait for your review!

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    1. I never used to have a reading schedule before this year, but I’ve found it really helps keep me on track with my goals. I try to keep my monthly TBR lists at around 5 books, then I don’t plan out which audiobooks to listen to. This way, I can still mood read with my audiobooks 😊 I always have at least one book and one audiobook going at once, which also helps me from getting bored. It works for me.

      I’m so happy Naz won as well! The book is very special to me, so I secretly wanted a fellow book blogger to win it because I know it is going to a good home! I looked through the entries after the winner was drawn, and I knew *most* of those who entered, so the odds were in my favor that it was going to a blogger friend.

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  6. I have a similar opinion about The Girls, I rounded it up to 4, but it was probably more of a 3.5. I found it fascinating but the ending was just ok :/ Check out The Singing Bone 😀

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