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Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/1 – 5/7/17


Happy Sunday bookworms!

After a week of straight rain here in Ohio, the sun is finally out!  It is ridiculously cold and windy for May, but I’ll take a little sun after all the rain.

I had a FANTASTIC week both in regards to reading and blogging.  I read what is sure to be one of my top books for 2017!  I’ll give you a hint, it is the 3rd and final installment in one of my favorite series ever 🙂  Can you guess what I read?  After a sparse blogging month in April due to a blog redesign and travel, I kicked off May with a bang!

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, 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.



Sunday 4/30

WWU7April 2017 Wrap-Up

Monday 5/1


April 2017 Book Haul


May 2017 TBR

Tuesday 5/2


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2017 New Release Book Covers (Thus Far)

Wednesday 5/3


Book Blogger Recs: Bloggers to Follow for Thriller/Suspense/Crime Readers

*I’m super happy with how this post turned out!  If you read thriller/suspense/crime fiction, I strongly encourage you to check out & follow these bloggers!

Sunday 5/7


Anne of Green Gables Read Along 2017 (Hosted by Jane @Greenish Bookshelf)



» I received my copy of Heir of Illaria that I won in a giveaway hosted by Stephanie @TeacherofYA!  I actually received it last Saturday, but the sun was hardly out this past week for me to take some pictures of this gorgeous book.  The sun did come out yesterday morning/afternoon, which gave me the opportunity to run outside to snap a few pictures, but then it started raining AGAIN.  I’m over it Ohio.  It was actually hard to take picture of this book as the cover is super glossy, creating a glare in most of my pictures #BookPhotographyProblems  BUT this cover is absolutely stunning in real life!


» I am taking part in Jane @Greenish Bookshelf ‘s Anne of Green Gables Read Along, which I announced earlier today here → Anne of Green Gables Read Along 2017 (Hosted by Jane @Greenish Bookshelf) I’ve been meaning to read this book for YEARS now, so this is just the kick in the pants I need to sit down and read it for the first time.  Anyone else interested in joining us?  We’d love to have you!  Check out Jane’s post for more details.


» I won a portion of  The Bone Witch Blog Tour Giveaway hosted by Pink Polka Dot Books back in April.  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 that arrived this week…. so I took this as an excuse to buy the book.  Legit reason right?  My copy arrived yesterday and it is stunning!




*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab


5-Star Rating System

The perfect ending to a perfect series.  Anoshe.

Currently reading:

» The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel


I am about 36% through this one. So far, so good!  I had a hunch about what this book was really about after reading so many reviews, and I was right.  I got to page 30-something and the bomb is dropped.  My first thought was “well that escaladed quickly.”

» Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


I am about 70% through this one.  I honestly am not sure what my feelings are about it yet.  There are parts I am enjoying, and other parts not so much.  I guess I will see how it pans out in the end.

On deck:

» Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


*For Jane @Greenish Bookshelf ‘s Anne of Green Gables Read Along!

» The House by the Lake by Ella Carey




» Louise @Genie Reads talks about the NetGalley request button → Genie Shares: Killing the Request Button on Netgalley


» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books gives us tips on how to keep with in the blogging community → How to: keep up with the blogging community


» Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek asks if we need star ratings in book reviews? → Do we need star ratings when reviewing on our blog??


» Anne @Modern Mrs. Darcy shares 15 books with quirky families → 15 books about endearingly quirky families



» Ten Novels in Verse Every YA Fan Should Read

» 8 Books to Read Before Their Adaptation is Released

» (BookPage) Your favorite books of the year so far

*Excited to see the second book on the list as it is one of my favorite reads of 2017 thus far 🙂

» 18 Best Books to Read This Month

» May Book Club: Love, Journals, and a Beauty Queen

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

*How did I not know Neil Gaiman had a new children’s book coming out?!  It looks AMAZING!

» How Long Did it Take Authors to Write Your Favorite Book?

» The Hold List: Monster Moms

» Five Books Every College Grad Should Read

»  10 Legitimately Funny Books to Read Aloud with Your Kids

*I don’t know about you, but I can really get behind a children’s book titled “President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

» Ok, Why Do People Keep Banning These Books?


What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)

36 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/1 – 5/7/17”

  1. I’m so happy and jealous that you have a physical copy of Heir of Illaria! I’m still waiting to get one when the sequel comes out…which is soon. I’m hoping you love the book! 🤞🤞🤞

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      1. Aww, that’s wonderful and you’re welcome! She just sent me a copy of book two so that’s next after the ones I am reading now…I can’t wait to see the physical version of both books as I assume they are gorgeous! So happy you won!

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  2. I have probably already told you, but very excited for your review of The Roanoke Girls. I think it is wonderful you are participating in the Anne of Green Gables read-a-long! Also very much enjoying the new spotlight feature 🙂 Have a fabulous week Amanda!

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  3. A Conjuring of Light really was a perfect finale, I’m so glad you feel this way just as well. I cried a lot and it was such a rollercoaster from beginning to end, but so worth it 🙂
    Thank you for sharing my post, Amanda! Have a lovely week!! ❤

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    1. I’ve seen many people who were disappointed with the unanswered questions, and I was a little too, BUT I couldn’t help but love the conclusion.

      You’re so welcome Marie! Keep ’em coming and I’ll have posts to feature 😉

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  4. ACOL is one of my top reads so far this year as well! I’m going to miss the characters and their world… At least I have a Delilah Bard namesake closeby. 😉 Congrats on the giveaways! And I will be looking forward to your thougths on The Roanoke Girls. Have a great week! ❤

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      1. I literally got her less than a week after finishing ACOL, so I just couldn’t resist haha. I still haven’t read The Roanoke Girls, but I’m definitely planning to do so this year! I’ve heard lots and lots of excellent things about it.

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  5. As always, you had an amazing week, Amanda! I love it. Congrats on all your giveaway wins! That’s huge. 🙂 It’s so fun winning giveaways. I’m glad you finally finished A Conjuring of Light– it was so hard to finish it! I also recently read Their Eyes Were Watching God. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but you’re right, it’s hard to parse out feelings for it. In the end, well… my review is coming soon. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jackie! I’ve seen some people that were disappointed with the questions left unanswered in ACOL, which I was a little too, BUT I still LOVED the conclusion ❤️

      I finished Their Eyes Were Watching God today and enjoyed it, but also felt the storyline was a little disjointed at times… I can’t wait to see your review!

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  6. Happy week Amanda! I also guessed it by reading other reviews, so I was kind of glad we were told so early in the story. I really liked the book! Not perfect by any means but I enjoyed it and loved her relationship with that guy (forgot the name lol)

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  7. Hey there! I came down to your blog cause we happen to be the two buddies of Jackie B. who she mentioned as the people who poked her back to blogging 🙂 so I’ve decided I should get to know you as well 🙂

    There’s an Anne of Green Gables read-along? Man, that sounds good, it’s also been on my list of “One day”. I will check it out!

    Anyway, nice post and very nice to meet you 🙂

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    1. Why hello there! Any friend of Jackie’s is a friend of mine 😉 Thanks for reaching out! It’s nice to “meet” you. You should definitely check out the read along! I think Jackie is going to participate this month… all the cool kids are doing it ((peer pressure))


  8. I swear I read this post with a smile cuz your humor just shines right through! I happen to really like that little crochet doll & all its creepiness lol. Also, great move on buying The Bone Witch, hoping you love it as much as I did *fingers crossed* I am def here on your blog for the next hour playing catch up so yea sorry in advance for all of the pop up notifications lol. OMGOSH! Anne Of Green Gables was (is still) one of my all time fave childhood books! I read it a few times as a kid and lost my old beat up copy of it, will def be purchasing again. I hope you enjoy Anne! 😉


    1. Hahaha I can never tell if people will “get” my humor or if I will just come off as a big weirdo… happy at least someone gets me 😘 I’m super antsy to read The Bone Witch! So many rave reviews!!! After you and CW @ReadThinkPonder both gave it rave reviews, I figured it was a safe bet that I’d love it too.

      I just started Anne of GG today and I can already tell I’m going to love it.

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      1. haha! no, your posts always make me smile, I love when a bloggers personality shines through the writing as yours does. I’m def suckering my hubby into buying me The Bone Witch this wknd as a random additional Mother’s Day gift LOL! I hop you enjoy Anne of GG, I’m REALLY looking forward to your thoughts for selfish nostalgic reasons lol 😉


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