Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/9 – 1/15/17

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Happy Monday!

I have really gotten into a bad habit of posting my weekly wrap-up late, but hey better late then never right?  I haven’t been around much this past week, but worry not my friends!  I am currently working on a few different things for the blog, which has eaten up more time than I anticipated.  More on that down below!

Let’s see what I had going on this week, shall we?

*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.

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This week on the blog:

Wednesday 1/11

bbgoalsBookish Babble: Setting Goals for 2017

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Bookish/Blog happenings:

» I received my copy of Human Acts that I won from a twitter giveaway hosted by the publisher, Hogarth Books (@HogarthBooks).  I am super excited to add this book to my  TBR.

» Like I mentioned in my Bookish Babble: Setting Goals for 2017 post, I am going to be expanding my “Kids’ Corner” portion of my blog.  I want to start reviewing children’s picture books, as well as reading & reviewing more middle grade books.  Furthermore, I would like to start working on helping to promote diversity in children’s literature, as I think it is just as (if not more) important than in YA and adult literature.  I’ve been doing lots of research into the diverse children’s books out there, and starting to get my hands on a few through my local library.   You can look for these posts towards the end of January.

» I am also working on a book recommendation section on the blog.  This has proven to be a big headache because I cant figure how I want to lay these posts out.  Some genres will be easy, others not so much (I’m looking at you historical fiction)

» I am trying to come up with a posting schedule that I can stick to.  I am all over the place with posting.  Some weeks I post 4-5 times, others it is 1-2 times.  I am thinking I will limit myself to no more than 3 times a week, which would include my weekly wrap-up post.


Around the blogosphere:

*These posts were not necessarily posted this past week, but that is when I read them*

» Millie @Milliebot Reads shares her top 13 books of 2016 → My Top 13 of 2016

» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books discusses monetizing your blog → Monetizing Your Blog: the Dreaded Question

» CW @Read Think Ponder recaps her year and shares her favorite books of 2016 → 2016 At A Glance & Onward to 2017 & gives us book recommendations of fantasy books by Asian authors → Book Recs: Fantasies by Asian Authors

» Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read shares her favorite reads of 2016 → 2016 Favorites!

»Aimal @bookshelves and paperbacks gives us her guide to diverse YA books releasing the first half of 2017 → The Ultimate Guide to Diverse YA Books Releasing in 2017: January – June

» Fadwa @Word Wonders shares her favorite books of 2016 → Most Bestest Books of 2016 & gives us her highlights of 2016 → Reading and Blogging Round Up

» Kirstie @Upside-Down Books wraps up her 2016 and shares her favorite books → Yearly Wrap-Up 2016

» Reg @She Latitude talks about her blogging bucket list → Let’s Talk: My Blogging Bucket List

» Danielle @Books, Vertigo & Tea gives us another post that pairs teas & reads → Pairing Teas & Reads

» Bina @WOC Reads shares 10 works of black lesbian short fiction → 10 Works of Black Lesbian Short Fiction

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What have I been reading?

*All titles link to Goodreads*

Recently finished reading:

» Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

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5-Star Rating System

While the last 25-30% of this book came up a little short, the first 70% of this book was a wild ride!  It honestly felt like a psychological thriller.  I cannot believe this actually happened to someone.

» Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

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5-Star Rating System

This one came up a bit short for me.  Actually, I was all set to give it 2 stars, but that ending was on point!  There was so much potential here!  This book had all the elements that I usually enjoy in a book: family secrets, coming of age theme, small town drama, etc etc. but it just didn’t work for me.  I think this had a lot to do with the author’s timeline.  Generally, I enjoy when an author jumps around from present to past and back again, but I had a hard time following where we were in time.  I was often confused while reading until I would realize that I was actually reading a flashback.

» Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

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5-Star Rating System

A fantastic middle grade book!  I think this would be an excellent book to show children what life was like in the 1930s, in particular the racial injustices that occurred in the segregated South.  I think the author did a fantastic job taking such a hard topic and writing it for a younger audience that still portrays the racial tension of the times, but still keeping it appropriate for a middle grade audience.


Currently reading:

» The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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I am reading this one for my book club’s January book of the month.  I am not very far in yet, but our meeting is Wednesday, so I need to get moving!

» Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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I’m about 10% into this one and am finding it absolutely fascinating!  I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in such a short time.


On deck:

» In Light of What We See by Sarah Painter

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How was your week?

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)

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32 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/9 – 1/15/17”

  1. This all sounds very fascinating, thank you for sharing!
    I completely understand you on blog post scheduling..I also have weeks where I post a ton and other weeks not so much..I need to work on that as well so here’s hoping to the both of us lol.
    I definitely want to check out Hidden Figures, I saw the trailer to the movie and it looks SO GOOD!! I hope you have a great week =)

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    1. Hidden Figures is very empowering! It is crazy what these women accomplished during the 1940s (WWII) and beyond when everything was working against them… These women are an inspiration. It is a lot of history and technical talk, which could be a little daunting in print form but I am listening to it via audiobook, and it is fascinating!

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  2. Danielle’s Lavender tea recommendation is stuck in my head. I’ll have to get some next time I’m at the supermarket.
    I’ll look out for that kids’ corner too. If you’re looking for recommendations, I recommend The Only Child by Guojing. It’s a wordless picture book about growing up under the one-child policy in China (typing this feels like deja vu sooo, I probably mentioned it to you or someone else on here before. Hmm…).

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    1. There is a lot of medical jargon, but I think the author does a good job explaining it. I am not sure how it reads in print form, as I read it via audiobook… I tend to have a hard time with non-fiction in print form, so I tend to go the audiobook route.

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  3. Brain on Fire sounds so, so intriguing. I love memoirs and while I tend to read more comedic stuff when it comes to the genre, I’m keen to give this one a try eventually.

    Also so excited for you to start reviewing more picture books/MG books! I always enjoy them from time to time but never really know what to read next – everyone I know is “loud” about YA but not about these other genres. 😛

    Thanks for the shout-out. ❤

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    1. Brain on Fire was fascinating! I don’t know how it reads in print form as I listened to it via audiobook. I tend to go the audiobook route with nonfiction as it makes for a more personal experience. My only concern would be that there is a lot of medical jargon included that may be a little daunting in print form if that makes sense? Definitely a good book!

      Thank you! I started my blog with the intention of reviewing children’s lit along with YA & adult, so I am excited for this extension of my blog.

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  4. I’m looking forward to hearing more about MG books and children’s books! I always think I should read more of these, but I have no idea where to start, so maybe you’ll give me some amazing – and diverse – recommendations !
    And thank you for sharing my post! ❤

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  5. WOOHOO! My commenting is working again! [Time to head back to all your posts I already read and redo my comments… I strongly dislike WordPress sometimes…]

    Don’t stress about not getting this posted on Sunday regularly. I find that getting into a schedule is a huge challenge! I’m inconsistent about the number of posts and the days I post, but I like that. There is a freedom there for me. I always post at the same time of day (thanks, scheduling functionality!), which I love.

    I’m sorry you had a few books fall flat last week. I’m super impressed at how you’ve been cranking through books, though! You’re setting quite the impressive pace. It looks like the books you’re currently reading will be winners, though. Good luck finishing The Invention of Wings in time!

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    1. Thank you! I owe my successful reading month to the fact that I’ve been since FOREVER and sitting at my computer is less appealing than hiding in my bed with a book lol I think my antibiotics are starting to kick in though, so I’m read to get back to the blogging grind 🙂

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  6. Thank you for sharing these links from around the blogosphere, it’s always great to find new and interesting blogs to follow. I’m also always blogging on the book but have been working on scheduling more often. These next few months will see me having to use the scheduler in order to spread my arcs out and have them up by their publication month. The Invention Of Wings and Hidden Figures are both on my radar, I really want to read HF before watching the movie though. So many great book to movie adaptations coming…so little time lol. I’m really looking forward to your Book Recommendations feature since you already are a contributor to my everlasting TBR 😉

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    1. Thanks Lilly! I really enjoyed The Invention of Wings! It is set in the early 1800s, and I had no idea that it was based off two sisters who grew up in the south but relocated to the north and became abolitionists and women’s rights activists. The first half was a little slow, but the second half was amazing! Hidden Figures is absolutely fascinating, but it can be pretty daunting too. A lot of the book is basically the history of the aeronautics industry and how many women of color contributed. I am about 60% in and have just come to the point where the book is going to start talking about the race to put a man in space, which I believe is what the movie is more based on. It is like reading a history book. I’ve learned SO MUCH. I definitely think audiobook was a good choice because it helps with some of the scientific and mathematic concepts that go over my head lol

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      1. Ahhh, I see. I’d have to be in the mood for a more historical book like this one. I’m very intrigued by it though & now you’ve made up my mind for me that audiobook is the way to go😃 looking forward to reading your review. I had no clue that The Invention Of Wings was about 2 sisters who became abolitionists. Interest has now spiked even higher 😃

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  7. Haha I was confused at first with Miller’s Valley but I ended up loving it, so sorry it was disappointing for you. I’m so interested in The invention of wings and I want to watch the Hidden Figures movie! I’ll keep an eye on your reviews 😀

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    1. With Miller’s Valley, I think I was expecting Mimi to work towards lobbying against or stopping what was going on with the government flooding the valley… There were definitely aspects I liked about the book.

      I really enjoyed The Invention of Wings! The first half was a little slow, but the second half was fascinating! It is also based off a set of real life sisters!

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      1. Yeah, it was a different kind of story, but I loved reading about their lives. Amazing, I loved Homegoing, so I hope this one is similar!

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  8. I went to see the Hidden Figures movie last weekend and it was fantastic!! ❤ I may get the book one day, just to relive the story.
    Thanks for linking us to some awesome blog posts. I'm so behind on blog hopping and need appreciate the convenience of having blogs to visit right on this page!

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    1. Oooo I can’t wait to see it! Correct me if I am wrong, but the movie focuses on the race to put a man in space? I am 60% in and just now getting to this point. The first 60% of the book is basically the history behind women of color who worked as human computers (mathematicians and engineers) in aircraft development during WW2.

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