Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/15 – 5/21/17


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  As school is starting to wind down for the school year for my kids, things are fairly hectic around here.  It’s like all the teachers decided to organize a million end of the year activities (breakfasts at school, lunch with your kid day, field days, field trips, etc. etc.) and cram them all into a 2 week period.  I think I am looking forward to summer vacation just  as much as my kids are.

Anyways!  Let’s see what else I had going on this week…

*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.



Thursday 5/18


Book Blogging Babble: What Makes You Click (or NOT Click) That Follow Button?

Friday 5/19

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Kids’ Corner: Beautifully Different by Dana Salim + Author Q&A + #Giveaway




» My Goosebumps Giveaway ended on Friday night.  The winner of the signed Goosebumps book (Welcome to Dead House) was Kester who blogs at @LILbooKLoversThe winner of the Goosebumps Retro Scream Collection was the lovely Casey who blogs at @adoptabookaus. Not going to lie, I was thrilled to death that two book bloggers were the winners of these giveaways!!!

» I got #BookMail from my lovely friend Ann Marie who blogs at @Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.  Enclosed were her copies of Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter, and The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.  We both share a love for historical fiction, and I cannot wait to dig into these books!




*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


5-Star Rating System

I am taking part in Jane @Greenish Bookshelf’s Anne of Green Gables Read Along(#AnneReadAlong2017).  May was the kick off to this read along with the first book in the series, Anne of Green Gables.  This was my first time reading this classic, and now I can count myself among the Anne of Green Gables fandom.  If I had to describe my feelings about this book in one word, it would be enchanting.  Now, I am not going to do a traditional review for this book because I don’t typically write reviews for classics.  This book is so beloved by so many, so nothing I could say would really do it much justice.  HOWEVER I will be doing a few different kinds of posts for this read along, so be on the look out for those in the upcoming weeks.

» Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay


5-Star Rating System

This was a book I requested last year during the “NetGalley Request Binge of 2016” that I never got around to reading.  I think the reason I requested this one was because the cover gave me Island of the Blue Dolphins vibes.  While this was nothing like Island of the Blue Dolphins, this was a very interesting YA novel about a boy’s quest to find out what happened to his beloved Grandfather who never returns from a fishing trip.   I really enjoyed that this book was set in a fishing village in Jamaica, where fishing is the backbone of the town.

Currently reading:

» I Found You by Lisa Jewell


Lisa Jewell is coming to Cincinnati the first weekend of June to promote I Found You.  Originally I thought I was going to be out of town for this event, but I was mistaken and will be able to attend.  I read The Girls in the Garden earlier this year, and enjoyed it.  I’ve heard good things about this one too.

» Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery


The Anne of Green Gables Read Along continues on until the end of the year, with the goal of finishing the series.  I am not sure if I will be able to commit to the entire series, BUT I am planning on at least continuing on with the second book.

» The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash


On deck:

» Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi

Chronical of Last Summer



» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books defends her favorite genre after seeing some hate on Twitter→ Why YA contemporary is very much alive

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» CW @Read Think Ponder gives us some book recs → Book Recs: Diverse Middle Grade Books

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» Shiloh @Bookworm Ink shares a tattoo she designed inspired by → Tattooed Inspired: Ouija by Katherine Turner

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» Sarah @Heartstring Eulogies shares her issues with the TV show Thirteen Reasons Why → Thirteen Reasons Why Discussion #1

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» Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek shuts down those who question book bloggers & their reviews→ I’m ‘just’ a book blogger and proud!!

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» Marie @Drizzle & Huricane Books discusses which posts are more popular on book blogs → On popular blog posts

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» How Reading to Your Children Helps You to Be a Present Parent

» Books to Get Your Teens Talking

» 16 of the Best New Books of Summer 2017

» 10 Books About Inspirational Teachers

» Read Globally: 10 Folktales, Fables, and Stories That Introduce Chinese Culture and History to Kids


What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading:)

13 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/15 – 5/21/17”

  1. Thanks so much for the shout !! I always love reading these weekly wrap ups. Love that you share other bloggers. I’m so glad to see you loved Anne of Greengables !! As a Canadian I always love to see that book floating around. It’s a classic !


  2. Great post! I enjoyed checking out some of the discussions around he blogosphere that I missed his week. I also have a question about historical books, and your love for them. Do you like time travel books? If you do, besides Outlander, can you recommend one? Thanks!


  3. The Book Blogging Babble post was fantastic! I am thrilled that you loved Anne so much. I feel like it is a series that never disappointed. Although I wonder how much of that would still hold true. I have made the decision to check out the new series. Curiosity wins 😉 Have a wonderful week ❤


  4. I LOVE your description of Anne of Green Gables as enchanting! It truly is a wonderful series. I have read Anne 4x and am currently working my way through the series and am on book #6 Rainbow Valley which is a first to me. Each time I read Anne, it makes me want to travel back to PEI!


  5. I love reading your weekly wrap ups. You are doing so much we don’t get to see typically in your regular posts (and you’re already doing a ton there!). I love all the cross-posts to other blogs in particular.

    I’m so glad that Anne captivated you enough that you’re continuing the series! Jane and I have some ideas for T5W type posts we’ll be publishing soon, as well as some other discussion posts regarding Anne. We hope you’ll participate in those, too. Plus, I’m really looking forward to your other post ideas.


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