Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/13 – 2/26/17

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Happy Sunday bookworms!

Did you miss me?  You may have noticed that things have been fairly quiet around the blog these past two weeks.  Maybe?  Well if you did, thanks for noticing!  For those of you who didn’t notice, are you wondering what I was up to?  No?  Well I am going to tell you anyways….

*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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Personal Update:

The reason I’ve been MIA for the past 2 weeks is that my family and I were on vacation in Florida.  Of course we visited my happy place, Disney World.  If I could visit Disney World EVERY year, I totally would, but my husband won’t allow it.  We compromised on every other year.  And yes, I am already planning our 2019 Disney World trip 🙂

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And for those of you who are fellow Disney World fans, I give you some pictures from the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade…

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On the blog:

Monday 2/13

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Book Event: Brit Bennett, Author of The Mothers

Friday 2/24

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Kids’ Corner: Buy, Borrow, or Pass – Children’s Picture Books (February 2017)

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Bookish/Blog happenings:

» So Cover2CoverMom actually turned 1 this past Friday the 24th and I completely forgot about it.  Who does that?!  Pre-vacation I was really looking forward to celebrating my one year blogiversary, but I grossly underestimated the amount of prepping and recovering from our vacation, so I never got around to drafting a post to celebrate.  I actually went back and re-read my post celebrating my 6 month blogiversary, and found that this post is still very relevant → 6 Month Blogiversary: Reflection + Future Goals.  I did realize that a few of the goals that I listed are STILL not being met.  I still am not posting regular discussion posts and am not active on bookstagram.  I do believe I have accomplished diversifying my reading and stepping up my book photography game… now only if I would post them to Instagram… Some things never change apparently.  Anyways!   I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to all my book blogger friends and followers.  I truly appreciate you all more than you will ever know.


Around the blogosphere:

» Sammie @Bookshelves & Biros shares some alternate Valentine’s Day reads → Awesome alternative Valentine’s Day reads *Special appearance by yours truly*

» CW @Read Think Ponder shares some book recs of books by black authors → Book Recs: Books by Black Authors

» Casey @Adoptabookaus  asks where all the hype is for YA books with disabled characters → Its 2017… Where is the hype for disabilities in young adult books

» Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek shares reasons to love fantasy → Reasons To Love Fantasy

» Gretcchen @ChicNerdReads  reveals the cover for her poetry book. #SpoilerAlert It’s freaking amazing! → Cover Reveal of My Poetry Book “love, and you”

» Millie @MillieBot Reads shares why she loves Jane Austen’s works → 5 Reasons Why I love Jane Austen’s Work

» Megan @bookslayerReads discusses character lists & maps → Discussion || Character Lists & Maps

» Danielle @Books, Vertigo and Tea shares another pairing teas with reads feature → Pairing Teas & Reads

» Marie @drizzle & hurricane Books talks about blogging goals → Pageviews, Followers, the Community: Goals in Blogging

» Reg @SheLatitude gives us a book look (an outfit inspired by a book) for A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab → Book Looks: A Conjuring of Light – V. E. Schwab

» Naz @Read Diverse Books features a book subscription box that focuses on Black Literature → Call Number: A Library-Inspired Book Box That Celebrates Black Literature!

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What have I been reading?

*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

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5-Star Rating System

This book was way outside my comfort zone, but I am so glad I gave it a go!  Despite the fact that this book made me very queasy at times (blood makes me faint), I am shocked at how addicting this book was.  How can I describe this book to you?  I would classify this one as a “post-apocalyptical psychological thriller wilderness survival story”… is that a genre?  As you can tell, this book doesn’t fit into a specific genre, but has elements of multiple genres.  Review to come!

» The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim

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5-Star Rating System

I absolutely adored this middle grade book, though I think this book would appeal more to a older middle grade – YA audience.  Since this book only just came out in January, and it is a debut novel, I have not seen anyone else talking about this book yet.  I’m going to need SOMEONE to pick this one up soon.  I would recommend this book to fans of Thanhha Lai and Grace Lin.

» Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

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My second Thanhha Lai book and I enjoyed this one just as much as Listen Slowly.  I really enjoyed reading a refugee experience, especially since Thanhha Lai went through this herself and states that she shared many of the same experiences that our main character Hà experienced as an immigrant to the U.S. during the Vietnam War.  This was my second book in verse that I read this month, the other one being Brown Girl Dreaming.   Review to come!

» Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

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I picked this one up hoping to learn what exactly what gender fluid meant.  You all know how much I sometimes struggle with the YA genre, but I am here to tell you that Symptoms of Being Human is YA done right!  Not only was I educated about all kinds of LGBTQIA+ issues and terminology that I didn’t previously understand, but I was also highly entertained while I was learning.  This book also goes into some deeper issues like suicide, hate crimes, bullying, etc etc, but also has some lighter moments with a touch of romance, friendships, and family relationships.  Review to come!


Currently reading:

» Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

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I am about 40% through this one.  Much like State of Wonder, this book is interesting enough to keep me entertained, but I am not loving it yet.  I hope that things will pick up in the second half.

» A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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I began A Gathering of Shadows last night in order to prepare for the A Conjuring of Light book tour that I am attending next Saturday!!! I had been putting off reading this one until closer to the release date of A Conjuring of Light, but when I heard that V.E. Schwab was coming to Kentucky on her book tour, I knew I wanted to wait and read this one the week before the event to get myself psyched up.   I literally cannot wait.

»Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Since discovering Neil Gaiman last year, I’ve been making my way through each of his books.  Neverwhere was the next one up to bat.  I am 40% through this one thus far and of course I’m loving it.  Honestly I do not think NG could do any wrong in my eyes.  I just love him so much.


On deck:

» The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

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Moving right along with my SOKY Book Fest TBR, the next author on my list is Cinda Williams Chima.  I’ve never read any of her work before, so I hope this is a good place to start.  Anyone have any insight into this author/series?  Let me know 🙂

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What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)

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33 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/13 – 2/26/17”

  1. beautiful photos of Disney!!! ahhhhhh such an amazing place! i’m so happy that you and your family had a good time =)
    thanks for mentioning me today! i feel so honored and emotional lol.
    i just started A Darker Shade of Magic and I’m super excited to hopefully marathon through this trilogy. Love Schwab! Have fun at the event =)

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    1. Thanks Gretchen! Disney is 100x more magical as a parent. The best feeling ever is watching your children experience the magic of Disney ❤

      You are so welcome! I can’t wait to read it! We are so proud of you 😊

      I am half way through AGOS and it is so GOOD! Can’t wait to see what you think!

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    1. Disney World is amazing BUT it also costs a pretty penny lol Hence why my husband won’t let us go every year. My kids and I save up between trips with our pocket change and birthday/Christmas money. We have a “Disney Jar” and everything.

      Thanks so much Megan, it’s good to be back 😊

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  2. I love the pictures ❤ What a magical vacation. I have not been since I was much younger. I am happy you were able to enjoy this with your own. Thank you so much for the kind mention ❤ I am still just happy to have you back. It was as if a part of me were missing from the blogosphere 😉

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  3. It’s so exciting that you went to Disney World, and those are some great photos! Looks like the weather was on-point and you had a lot of fun.

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! When it was mine I was super shocked that it’s been a year too – I can’t believe I actually stuck working on something for that long, bc usually I just get bored, haha. Still, best of luck for reaching your goals for this next year. 🎉

    Thanks for sharing my book look and OMG SO JEALOUS that you’ll get to meet Schwab! ❤

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  4. Of course I noticed your absence. 🙂 But, I am totally going with you got yourself a Disney vacation to celebrate your 1-year blogoversary! Congrats on reaching such a big milestone! Disney looks amazing. I’ve only been to Disneyland, as I have family in Los Angeles. I will head to Disneyworld someday.

    I just picked up The Crystal Ribbon at the library today! We can certainly bond over it. 😀 You did a ton of reading on vacation. I’m impressed, considering you were occupied with Disney! How did you manage to pull that off?

    I also just finished A Gathering of Shadows. That cliffhanger is pretty intense! I recommend having A Conjuring of Light available immediately. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Jackie ☺️

      I hope you make it to Disney Word some day! If you decide to have children someday, it’s so wonderful to see your children experience the magic of Disney. Watching my 3-year-old’s eyes light up at seeing all the characters was the highlight for me.

      I think you will really like The Crystal Ribbon! I thought it was amazing!

      I managed to read so much on vacation thanks to 4.5 hours of plane rides and 5 hours spent in the car (audiobook).

      I am half way through AGOS and it is sooooo good! I get my copy of ACOL on Saturday at the book tour!!! I’m sure if the cliff hanger is as intense as you say it is, I will have to begin immediately!

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      1. Oh– Disney is *for sure* on the to do list once we have kids. Baby steps, though. We want to get married first. O_o
        I can’t wait to see your reviews for the Shades of Magic books! I am definitely interested in your opinions here. They are fascinating (and in my opinion, totally worth all the hype).

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  5. I’m so glad you are back, and had such a great time at Disney World! I’d love to go there someday, but it’s a bit far away for me haha. These are lovely pictures just as well 🙂
    A huge HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, and I can only wish you more and more blogging in the months and years to come, but most of it all, lots of fun while doing so 🙂
    I am SO excited for you to be going on an ACOL Tour Date. This is quite awesome, and I hope you’ll tell us all about it! I can’t wait to read that book, even if I am a bit nervous about it just as well ahah 🙂

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  6. Happy Blogiversary! The Disney pictures were beautiful – guess you had some good weather there?

    I admit that your description of Wolf Road intrigues me, even though I’m sort of a scaredy-cat when it comes to post-apocalyptic stuff. I *may* give it a try.

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  7. So jealous that you can just go to Disney land it looks amazing and your little girls space buns are the cutest 😀 I am also crying that VE isn’t coming to AUS she needs to visit us down under! I hope you have an amazing time at the launch I just finished my re-read of AGOS and started ACOL Lila is my fave character of all time she’s just such a strong kickass female lead. Thank you so much for linking me in your wrap up! Happy blogversary, I forgot about mines as well still need to put a post together *hang head in shame*

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    1. If I was an author, I’d come to Australia for sure! Maybe it’s the crazy long flight that intimidates them?! I just finished AGOS last night and OMG it was SOOOOO GOOOD! Can’t wait to see what you think of ACOL! Lila is my spirit animal lol

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