Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/3 – 4/9/17

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Happy Sunday bookworms!

As some of you may remember, I have been considering redesigning my blog for a while now.  I am happy to report that I made a lot of progress with this over the weekend.  My biggest hurdle was creating a blog header.  After many long hours, I finally designed a new header that I absolutely love.  And guess what?  I am revealing it to you all today in my wrap-up…

Go on, you know you are dying to see what I’ve come up with…

*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, what I recently finished reading, what I am currently reading, what I will be reading next, noteworthy posts around the bookish blogosphere, and any interesting bookish articles I came across.

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This week on the blog:

Monday 4/3

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April 2017 TBR

Wednesday 4/5

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Top 5 Wednesday: Science Fiction Books On My TBR

Friday 4/7

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Book Review: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

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Bookish/Blog happenings:

» I won a portion of  The Bone Witch Blog Tour Giveaway hosted by Pink Polka Dot Books.  I found out about this giveaway after reading a review on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange, which you can read here →The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco (The Bone Witch #1).  Now I didn’t win the grand prize which was an autographed copy of The Bone Witch 😦 BUT I did win a bottle cap necklace and a crochet Tea doll…. so this is totally a good excuse to go buy the book now right? ((right!))

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» Yesterday I attended the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, Ohio.  I attended 4 wonderful panels and bought 6 books.  ((I tried contain myself at this book festival because I have the SOKY Book Festival coming up in 2 weeks))  More details to come later this week 🙂

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» I am currently working on redesigning my blog, and made a ton of progress this weekend.  I finally created a new blog header that I absolutely love!  Seriously guys, it is freaking awesome if I do say so myself.  Without further adieu, I give you Cover2CoverMom’s new blog header:

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What do you think?!?!?  ((Please don’t crush my dreams because I worked for a LONG time on this and I love it lol))

I also decided on a new theme, a new section divider image, and new section title graphics.  Huge thanks to Megan @bookslayer Reads for pointing me in the right direction with this.  She was the one who suggested freepik.com to me, which is where I got most of my new graphics and the images I used to create my new blog header.

*I tried to switch my blog over to the new design last night, but every time I go into the customizer, WordPress crashes… Has anyone else had this problem?  This has been an ongoing issue.  I had created a “test blog” to figure out my new design (big thanks to Fadwa @WordWonders for that idea), and the customizer works fine for the test blog, but it will not work for my Cover2CoverMom blog…

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What have I been reading?

*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb

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*Part of my Ohioana Book Fest TBR

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I’m really conflicted over this one.  On one hand, there were many great aspects about this middle grade book, but on the other I think the author may have been a little too ambitious with all the “heavy topics” that she included in one book.  This book includes topics like *highlight to see text ⇒ PTSD, drunk driving, a white man shooting a black man, racism, autism, the media frenzy, etc. etc ((What I’ve hidden isn’t necessarily a spoiler, but I did want to hide it from those who like to go into a book not knowing much about the plot))  With all these “heavy topics” plus the alternating timeline, this book felt very busy to me.  The author’s writing style was a little hard to get used to at first, but it did get easier over the course of the book.  Most of all, I struggled with how the author handled the race relations within the book.  It isn’t necessarily problematic, but I don’t necessarily think it was handled correctly either.  In my opinion, it was very risky attempting a book that has this particular scenario *highlight to see spoiler ⇒ a white security guard shooting and killing an unarmed black man.  The author gives both sides of the story, to show that it isn’t always so cut and dry.  While I understand what the author was trying to do here, it rubbed me the wrong way.  I can’t exactly explain it.  Even though this was a race relations issue, racism was never fully addressed or acknowledged in the book? ⇐  I think if the author had left out the race relations, and focused on the other topics, then I would have enjoyed this book a lot more.  Don’t get me wrong, this book had some good things going for it: themes like friendship, family, and community.  I also really liked the portrayal of growing up in a catholic school, as it brought me lots of nostalgia.

» The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

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*Part of my Ohioana Book Fest TBR

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I really adored this book.  At the core, The Seventh Most Important Thing is about not judging others, but it is also a story of loss, grief, guilt, and friendship.  I had no idea this book is based off of true events, though I won’t share which parts because it is better going in not knowing until the end like I did.  *Highlight to see spoiler ⇒ This novel gives a fictionalized back story to the famous piece of art,  The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly by James Hampton.  I had never heard about this piece of art before, but I really enjoyed how the author spun this tale around it.I think this would be a wonderful book to use in a classroom setting.  My only issue with this book would be the fact that it was set in the 1960’s, but I didn’t feel like I was in the 60’s while reading it.  There were a few references of the past: a record player, pay phones, going to the library to use the encyclopedia, but when I read “historical fiction” I want to feel like I’m in that time.  I wish the author would have spend a little more time “setting the scene.”  Other than that, this was a very unique and delightful read.


Currently reading:

» The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett

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*SOKY Book Fest TBR

I am about 65% through this audiobook and am enjoying it thus far.  This is actually one of Ann Patchett’s lower rated books too.  I think many people read the title and probably made assumptions about what the book is going to be, but then it doesn’t end up that way.  The Magician’s Assistant is more about loss, grieving, and family secrets, and less about getting on stage and assisting a magician…

» Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini

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*Part of my Ohioana Book Fest TBR

I am about 50% through Fates and Traitors and am really enjoying how the author chose to tell Booth’s story through the women in his life.  This is definitely a different angle then I’ve ever read about John Wilkes Booth.


On deck:

For the next two weeks, I will continue on with my SOKY Book Fest TBR.

»The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

» Pillage by Obert Sky

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Around the bookish blogosphere:

» Cait @Paper Fury talks about #FangirlProblems →10 #FangirlProblems That Will Give You The Crisis You Always Knew You Needed

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» Fadwa @Word Wonders asks where is the positive female friendships in YA? →Where are the Positive Female Friendships in YA?

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» Gretchen @ChicNerdReads announces that her book love, and you is now available! →love, and you out now!

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» Naz @Read Diverse Books posts the 2nd quarter link up for #ReadDiverse2017 → Read Diverse 2017 – 2nd Quarter

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» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about blogging expectations vs. reality →On book blogging expectations vs. reality

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» Amy @NovelGossip shares part 2 of her blogger guilt discussion →Blogger Guilt Part 2

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» Millie @Milliebot Reads talks about managing your personal library→ Managing Your Hoard – Er – Library

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» Jen @Reader in a Reverie shows what a star rating system would look like in FRIENDS gifs →Rating Books with F.R.I.E.N.D.S Gifs

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» Megan @bookslayer Reads asks if it is ok to review a book you DNF? → DNF Reviews // Is it ok to review a book you didn’t finish?

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» Danielle @Books, Vertigo & Tea shares another Pairing Teas & Reads feature →Pairing Teas & Reads

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» Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek asks what makes a good book? → What Makes A Good Book???

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Interesting bookish articles:

» Colorful Poetry: 22 Diverse Poetry Picture Books for Kids

» How to Make Reading Fun: 25 Ideas Kids Will Love

*Love these ideas!

» The Best Children’s and YA Books of April 2017

» Books Like Percy Jackson: 11 Super Series to Read Next

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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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38 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/3 – 4/9/17”

  1. I use Pixabay for my images, it’s perhaps a stupid question but it’s not meant to be, is freepik.com actually free, I’ve found other supposed ‘free’ image sites and then it turns out that there not actually free. I shall have to go and browse the site.😀

    Thank you for including my post in your post, I appreciate it, good bloggerette!😂😉

    The header looks really cool, you should be pleased with it, great job.😀

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    1. Not ALL the images are free, but there are a ton of free ones! All you have to do is credit the site and the pictures are yours to use 😊. You are welcome Drew! I enjoyed reading it. And thank you! I’m sure it’s not exactly your style, but you can still appreciate a good design 😉

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      1. Ah, cool, I’ll check it out, bet if I find an image I like it won’t be free!😂

        That is very true, definitely not my style but I’m not always mean and sarcastic (don’t tell anyone) and can appreciate the effort that goes into creating images, it’s not easy and the praise is fully deserved.😀

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  2. honestly, i cannot wait to see your new layout because that banner is freaking PHENOM!!!!!! omg omg omg!!

    thanks for featuring me amongst other amazing bloggers.

    all the books you mentioned, i have not heard of *hides face* which is why i love following you cause you always pique my interest! i hope you have an amazing week.

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    1. Eek! Thank you Gretchen!!! I love it sooooo much! I’m super excited to shake things up around here on my blog. It’s way overdue.

      Since many of these books are for local book festivals, many are by local authors who are not as well known. I really like reading books in preparation because I pick up so many books I most likely would have never picked up before.

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      1. Yes I completely understand!! That has been me as of lately, kinda want to read more indie diverse own voices books. I guess I’m ready for change in my reading and that comes with growth, I would like to think…
        Have fun in the festival!

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  3. I’M LOVING THE NEW DESIGN/LAYOUT/THEME/HEADER… ALL OF IT!! You’ve done an amazing job and I’m so happy you could find some images you liked on freepik. Thanks so much for the link up! You’ve been a busy woman this week, it sounds like! Kudos to you, as I’ve gotten HARDLY NO reading done and I’m quite disappointed in myself. If I can just force myself to stay away from bookstagram, I may be alright. 😂 Oh, and congrats on The Bone Witch win! I have that title on NetGalley (and have for months and months) and still haven’t gotten to it yet. But I really want to! It sounds so good!

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  4. Oh yeah, and my customizer does that to me A LOT for some reason. I don’t know what’s wrong with it. I’ve been having a lot of issues with WordPress lately. Like going through and liking posts, just to refresh my Reader and all my likes disappear. I’m seriously so tired of it doing that to me, it’s not even funny!

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  5. Oh what a beautiful surprise, this new header, I love it so much, you have done such an amazing job with it! ❤
    I hope you'll have a lovely week, Amanda! ❤

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  6. Your blog looks simply stunning! You nailed it ❤ I am so in love with the header. You make me want to redo my own haha. Awesome wrap up as always. You are way better at including so much more than I am! I am also so ran down at the end of the week that I feel like my wrap-up is a huge mess haha. Thank you so much for sharing the post! That was very kind 🙂 Have a beautiful week friend!

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  7. Love the new blog header Amanda, it’s such a cool design! If you have some tips to share on creating your header, I’d appreciate. I want to create my own custom blog design, but I’m not sure how to get started. Also, I’ve been wanting to read that Fates and Traitors book you mentioned, since it sounds so good.

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  8. I absolutely adore the new look of the blog!!! So sophisticated!
    I have been meaning to update mine for about 4 months now but every time I’ve started I’ve got completely lost I don’t know which sites to use or where to start at all, I’ve got a really good idea how I want it to look and no idea how to get there lol!

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  9. Love the new design!

    I really liked The Magician’s Assistant. I’m just a big fan of the way Patchett writes.

    I’m going to have to peruse your blog links! Fun!

    Right now I’m reading Penelope Lively’s How It All Began. It’s awesome. I’m about halfway through. Next up is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. I’m really excited about that one.

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  10. OHMYGOSH!! Amanda, I go on a haitus and BAM! Your blog turns gorgeous! I must have been holding you back all this time with my lack of aesthetic. 😉 But, seriously– WOW. I love everything. The watercolor look is so *you*. You have a wonderful eye for this.

    And you made that header yourself? I bow to your superior artistic skills.

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    1. Ahhhh Jackie!!! Come back from hiatus because I miss your face 😭

      Thank you so much!!! I worked very hard on the blog redesign, which basically consumed my life for an entire week and put me behind on EVERYTHING lol I did semi crest the header myself… I took some stock pictures from freepik.com and edited them and stuck them on each other and voila! ((It wasn’t as easy as that trust me lol It was much more stressful then it seems 🤣))

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      1. We’re almost there with the blog corrections. I think that I’ll be able to get my May Month in Review post up at least. 🙂

        You redesign is super inspiring. Seriously. Now I want to explore more formalizing my own look. However, I can barely pick out paint colors, so this might be a challenge. We’ll see.

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