Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/12 – 12/18/16


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I cannot believe that Christmas is only a week away!  I woke up this morning in a panic because I hadn’t realized how quickly Christmas crept up on me this year.  I remembered this morning that I had yet to put anything together for my kids’ teachers, neighbors, or any miscellaneous people.. so I’ve been running around doing that today.  For my kids’ teachers, I made these cute little “movie night” kits that included candy, peanuts, cocoa mix, microwave popcorn, and a gift card to purchase a movie.


Thank you Pinterest!

 Anyways, let’s get down to bookish business…

*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:

Tuesday 12/13

tlaBlog Award: The Liebster Award (Part 2)

Thursday 12/15

theundergroundrailroadcoverBook Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Friday 12/16

amonstercallscoverBook Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


Bookish/Blog happenings:


» I won a copy of Human Acts by Han Kang.  I have had lots of luck winning giveaways on Twitter this year!  I know this is awful to say, but I am secretly hoping it is the hardback version because I am not a fan of the paperback cover. I know, I know… I am terrible.  BUT just look at the hardback cover…


Around the blogosphere:

» Jess @Mud and the Stars Book Blog shares her experience seeing the play Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildI went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! (Spoiler-free review)

» Ann Marie @Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine hosts a HUGE giveaway!  She is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card → December Giveaway – $100 Amazon Gift Card

» Ashleigh @A Frolic Through Fiction asks if publishers should do more to acknowledge book bloggers → Let’s Talk: Should Publishers Do More to Acknowledge the Work of Book Bloggers?

» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about how blogging has changed how she reads → How Blogging Changed My Relationship to Books

» Reg @She Latitude talks about finding new blogs to follow → Let’s Talk: Finding New Blogs to Follow

»Danielle @Books, Vertigo and Tea pairs teas with good reads → Pairing Teas & Reads

 » Naz @Read Diverse Books interviews Imani Josey, author of The Blazing Star → Book Blitz: The Blazing Star – An Interview with Imani Josey


Recently finished reading:

*All titles link to Goodreads

» Small Great Things by Jodi Picul


5-Star Rating System

I am really looking forward to reviewing this book.  After reading The Underground Railroad and learning more about the history of racism and slavery, it was great to read a book that dealt with present day racism. This book gave me a lot to think about.

» The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood


5-Star Rating System

This ended being such a sweet read.  The cover looks like this is a middle grade read, but it is actually an adult book.  It gave me similar feels as A Man Called Ove, so if you read and enjoyed that book, you’d probably enjoy this one too.

» The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket


5-Star Rating System

This is more like 3.5 stars.  I actually think my issues with this book have more to do with the audiobook version I listened to versus the book itself.  I may have enjoyed this more in print form.  I may try re-reading this with my son to see.

Currently reading:

» And I Darken by Kiersten White


So far I am really enjoying this book.  I can’t help but love Lada.  Sure, she can be a bitch sometimes, particularly to her little brother, but I admire her strength. Other than The Red Tent, this is one of the only books that I’ve read that included a woman’s menstruation, which is refreshing.

» George by Alex Gino


I adore this book so far!  This is such a wonderful book that can be used as a tool for educating kids.  I will be re-reading this one with my own son.

On deck:

» Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo



How was your week?

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)

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

  1. Don’t you just love being a mom? Lol. Doing the little gifts for the teachers, kids, etc. I love it! And congrats on your win! That book sounds interesting! Hope you like it 😊

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  2. I’m just sitting here staring at the strange sweets in your little present. What on earth is a Buncha Crunch. I must try these strange anomalies. I’m so keen to see what you think of And I Darken! I so so so want to read it myself! And I’m 100% sold by you on The Underground Railroad.

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  3. I’ve had so much luck with giveaways too! yay us 😀 I want to read Human Acts too, also the hardcover edition. ;s We totally get each other.
    I’m loving the books you’re reading, Amanda! And I Darken, George, Six of Crows — you’re definitely working on diversifying your reading. ❤

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  4. That movie night gift is ADORABLE!~ Oh man, I wish I was that creative. There should be more adorable gifts in my life. I just get everyone books. XD I’m not kidding.
    I just picked up George from the library! I’m super excited to read it. I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but the hype might be dying down enough that it’s time… We shall see. I hope you enjoy them both.

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  5. That movie night kit is amazing, what a lovely gift idea!! 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying And I Darken, I really want to read that one soon! I also picked up a copy of Six of Crows recently, and I’m hoping to read that over the Christmas period 🙂 What are you up to over the holidays?


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