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:
*I had so much fun putting this post together!
» 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, Universe → Book 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:
*Apparently Stephen King wasn’t a fan of The Shining! The more you know… AND #10 broke my heart 😦
*I got Sweeny Todd? Not sure how I feel about that…
*As if you needed more than one reason… #SpoilerAlert: We are awesome!
*I’d like to have a drink with Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab… let’s do lunch guys!
*Can’t wait for We’re All Wonders
*I want to be friends with these people
*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
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
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.
» 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.
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