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Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/13 – 3/19/17


Hello bookworms!

Did everyone have a good weekend?  Are some of you still recovering from St. Patrick’s Day festivities?  Or are you like me and spent the “holiday” sitting home curled up with a book?

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, interesting book related articles I came across, what I recently finished reading, what I am currently reading, and what I will be reading next.


This week on the blog:

Tuesday 3/14


Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2017 TBR

Wednesday 3/15

Dream Loot Crate

Dream Loot Crate: Bookish Crate (Theme: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab)

*I had so much fun putting this post together!


Bookish/Blog happenings:

» I received my copy of The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel from Blogging for Books.  I can’t wait to read this book and see what all the fuss is about.

» I won a copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui from a giveaway hosted by Crystal @Lost In A Good Book.  Huge thank you to her for hosting this giveaway!  It was funny actually, the day before I had been telling someone that reading a graphic novel was on my bookish bucket list for 2017, then I won this giveaway.  If that isn’t fate, I don’t know what is!


Around the bookish blogosphere:

» Ashleigh @ A frolic through fiction talks about title appreciation → Book Title Appreciation | Because some book titles just roll off the tongue in that nice way

» Cait @Paper Fury talks about the struggles of reviewing books → 10 Reasons Why Reviewing Books Is Actually Super Hard

» Megan @bookslayerReads is hosting a GIVEAWAY (ends 3/23) → GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA – Part 2!

» Fadwa @Word Wonders talks about intersectional feminism and gives book recs → Intersectional Feminism: Different Perspectives + Book recommendations

» Yvonne @It’s All About Books talks about how she keeps her ARC mountain under control → Scaling The ARC Mountain

» Reg @She Latitude shares a “Book Look” for You’re Welcome, UniverseBook Looks: You’re Welcome, Universe – Whitney Gardner

» CW @Read Think Ponder talks about characters with “difficult” names → Let’s Talk About: Characters With ‘Difficult’ Names

Interesting bookish articles:

» 18 Great Books To Read Based On The New TV You’re Binge-Watching

» 10 Authors Who Hated the Movie Adaptation of Their Work

*Apparently Stephen King wasn’t a fan of The Shining!  The more you know… AND #10 broke my heart 😦

» Quiz: Which Literary Villain Are You?

*I got Sweeny Todd?  Not sure how I feel about that…

» 10 Reasons Why You Should Date a Bookworm

*As if you needed more than one reason… #SpoilerAlert: We are awesome!

» Nine Writers on the Author or Character They’d Want to Drink with on St. Patrick’s Day

*I’d like to have a drink with Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab… let’s do lunch guys!

» 8 Picture Books That Inspire a Positive Outlook

*Can’t wait for We’re All Wonders

» When Bookstore Employees Get Bored

*I want to be friends with these people

» 13 Read-Alouds to Help You Connect with Your Middle Schooler

» Supernatural Thriller Coming from Stephen King and Son

*I’m excited, are you excited?  Is anyone in this family NOT a super talented writer?!


What have I been reading?

*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban


5-Star Rating System

I read this book in one sitting.  This is a middle grade historical fiction, but I would probably say the target audience is on the younger age range of middle grade.  Maybe 7-10 year olds?  This book tackles a topic that we don’t hear about much in school here in the U.S: the relocation and incarceration of Japanese-Americans in the U.S. during WWII.   This would make for a great book to use in a classroom setting (maybe 2nd-3rd grade?) as this book has themes of family, loss, friendship, etc. along with the historical context.

» The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine


5-Star Rating System

The Shadow Queen was a solid read, but it didn’t blow me away by any means.  The thing I liked the most about this book was how the author spun this retelling of Snow White.  I think she did a good job staying true to the story while giving us some new elements: dragons and more magic.  If you are a fan of YA fantasy and/or fairytale retellings, then I would recommend this book to you!  I think my biggest issue with this book was the characters.  They didn’t feel real to me and were lacking emotion.  I think if the author had slowed the plot down just a tad and focused a little more on character development, this would have helped me to form more of a connection to the characters.

Currently reading:

» East by Edith Pattou


I am a little over 50% through this book.  After reading the synopsis, I really didn’t have high expectations going into this one.  I must admit, from the description this book sounded a little odd.  I was really surprised with how much I am enjoying it thus far.  East is very fast paced read with short chapters and multiple persepctives.  This book feels very much like a fairy tale because it is based off the Norwegian fairytale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon.”  I am not familiar with this fairytale, so prior knowledge of it is not a requirement to enjoy East.

» Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson


After reading 3 books over 500 pages this month, I’ve been reading lots of shorter books in between to ward off any book hangovers.  I will be starting this audiobook today.  I’ve read so many WWII historical fiction & nonfiction books, but never from the perspective of a atomic bomb survivor.  I am very interested in learning about what the Japanese people went though and the aftermath.

On deck:

Moving right along with my SOKY Book Fest TBR, here are the books I will be picking up next…

» The Demon King by China Williams Chima

»The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

» The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker


What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)


12 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/13 – 3/19/17”

  1. The Demon King is on deck for me, too! Sorry to hear you didn’t love The Shadow Queen. Looking forward to seeing what you think about Sachiko!! And thanks for posting a link to my giveaway!! 🙂

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    1. I didn’t love The Shadow Queen BUT I am still interested in the book she will be promoting at SOKY, so I’m sure I’ll get a copy. I’ve heard such good things about The Demon King!!! Can’t wait to get started this weekend.

      I finished Sachiko today. It was heartbreaking and horrifying. It really gave me a new perspective on things.

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  2. Thanks for the mention! ❤ Congrats on winning the giveaway! I don't read a lot of graphic novels either so that's definitely on my list as well. And it was great reading your thoughts on The Shadow Queen. I've been wondering about that one and I might just give it a go some day, although the characters have me slightly worried.

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  3. I amost bought the shadow queen a couple weeks back, but decided against it because the bookstore wasn’t being reasoable with the price, haha! I’m kind of happy I didn’t, though. I’m not really sure anymore if I’d like it!
    Also, my literary villain also would be Sweeney Todd! TWINS!! ❤

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      1. That we are awesome! #what #bloodthristy #JohnnyDeepFeelings
        Hahahaha, seriously tho, I always thought myself as a comic supervillain or something. All the bragand the cool outfits, the world domination plans, and lack of blood hahahaha!


  4. I took the quiz and got mr dark from a Bradbury book i haven’t read yet. Lol but he’s basically dark and brooding and a pessimist with the ability to bring others down. Totally me 😂

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