Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/3 – 7/9/17

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Hello & happy Sunday bookworms!

I am finally home after a 7-day vacation to my parent’s home on Lake Erie.  We had some amazing family time filled with pool days, park trips, sunsets, ice cream, & of course I got some reading done 🙂

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While I am not looking forward to being off “Lake time” and being back to reality, I AM happy to be home and get back to the grind of blogging.  I’ve missed it these past crazy 2 weeks!  I know I missed a lot, but I have been trying to catch up on some of my fellow book bloggers posts from the past week or so.  Did anything interesting happen while I was gone?  Did you write an amazing post that I missed?  Feel free to link below so I can play catch up 🙂

Let’s see what I read while on vacation, 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.

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Monday 7/3

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June 2017 Wrap-Up + Book Haul

Tuesday 7/4

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» Like I mentioned, I was on vacation this past week at Lake Erie.  My parents have a home in a fairly large gated community that has its own shops, cafés, small movie theatre, parks, etc. etc.  It is a simpler life there: everyone walks (or rides bikes) everywhere, kids play outside, there is lots of front porch sitting, and lots of people READING! … While I was there, I visited 3 of the Little Free Libraries that were all a few blocks from my parent’s home.  I love LFLs (so much so, I have one in my own front yard) so I was so happy to have so many within walking distance.

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*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

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Feelings in a few thoughts:  hard to follow at times – possibly due to audiobook format?; love this piece of history; because this is nonfiction it felt cold – would love to read a  fictional account; want to see the film adaptation now

» Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Feelings in a few thoughts: took a little while to get into; strong female lead – strength drawn from her mind; feminist thoughts; political intrigue; HOT love scenes; will definitely continue on with this series

» Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

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Feelings in a few thoughts: felt like a bedtime story;  perfect book to read aloud to kids; short & sweet


Currently reading:

» Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Status: 75% complete

» The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

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Status: 70% complete


On deck:

» Caraval  by Stephanie Garber

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AroundTheBookishBlogosphere

» Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks shares some diverse YA books set to release in the second half of 2017 → The Ultimate Guide to Diverse YA Books Releasing in 2017: July – December

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» Kelly @Kelly’s Rambles hosts a guest post by Steph @A Little But A Lot who shares some middle grade book recs → 5 MG Books Everyone Should Read (and every classroom should have!)

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» Danielle @Books, Vertigo & Tea discusses → Let’s Talk About Online Retailers and Book Covers

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» Fadwa @Word Wonders talks about why diversity is important → Why is Diversity Important ?

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» 13 Authors Share the Books They’re Bringing to the Beach This Summer

» Best Book Club Picks for July 2017: Psychological Thrillers, the Road to Recovery, and More

» Read Globally: 20 Vibrant Books That Introduce Indian Folktales, Culture, and History to Kids

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

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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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18 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/3 – 7/9/17”

    1. Well I’m sure you’ve already left for vacation, but here are my 2 cents. I would take it, but not expect to get much done. During the day we were go go go, so at night when I usually blog, I found that I was too tired to blog… I did however get a lot of reading done during the day at the pool & park. I hope you have a wonderful vacation!

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  1. Schindler’s List has always been a “I feel like I should read it” but “honestly too much for me” title’s. Hat’s off for tackling it. I still have Flame in the Mist and Daughter of the Pirate King on my list. I am excited for both. I do hope you find more in Caraval than I did. I will admit it is an easy, quick read though 🙂

    The vacation sounds lovely and I am sure it was much needed ❤ But always great to have you back! Thank you so much for linking to the post!

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    1. Schindler’s list was just a lot more dense than I was anticipating… I listened to it via audiobook, but honestly I don’t think I would have been able to get through it in print form. I’m glad I read it, but I doubt I’ll be re-reading it lol

      Flame in the Mist was good! I loved the strong leading lady, the romance, the political intrigue, but there were a few confusing/underdeveloped parts (fantasy elements & character connections) BUT I will definitely be continuing on with the series.

      Daughter of the Pirate King was a tad disappointing. I loved the bad ass heroine & really enjoyed the witty banter between her and her love interest, BUT I was expecting a little more action in a pirate book… It isn’t a bad book by any means, just that it could have been much more.

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  2. The lake pic is beautiful!
    Glad to have you back 😊 It looks like you had a great holiday.
    The Sisters Brothers looks interesting! Looking forward to your review of the same.

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    1. Thank you! We really lucked out with beautiful weather 🙂

      The Sisters Brothers was a very interesting read. It was a western, which is not a genre I frequent. It is very hard to describe the book…Basically it is a journey where the main characters face many challenges along the way & meet lots of interesting side characters. I think it was a unique read, but it did feel a little jumbled at times instead of cohesive… I found myself laughing out loud a few times, as there is some dry humor included. Overall I am glad I read it, but I don’t think this book is going to be for everyone.

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      1. Hmmm… I’ve never read a western before! But I like these “journey” books, so I might just give it a try. Thanks for that mini review 😊

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  3. Can I holiday here!? A Lake and cool little libraries so cute 😀 You’re holiday sounds awesome, I’m here freezing my butt off but I’ glad you got some out door reading time in xDI’m currently reading 3 books and they’re all good I’m just not in the mood for them and keep jumping between them :/

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  4. I *love* Lake Erie. I used to go up there in the summer with my family, too! But now that I live in Wisconsin, not Ohio, it’s a bit of a commute. I’m glad there are so many LFL’s in the area! My silly HOA won’t let me put up a LFL on my property, but future Jackie will own a non-starter home and that’s project number 1 once we move. Dreams keep us going, right?

    Hm. Will you be writing a review about Schindler’s List? If not, I’d love to hear a bit more about why you think the audiobook got in the way. I’ve been considering reading it, but I keep putting it off. Perhaps I should forever.

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    1. Hahaha I don’t blame you for not commuting to vacation in Ohio lol While it is perfect for us that live in Ohio, I’m sure there are wonderful lakes much closer (like 3 other great lakes between there and here lol).

      I love my LFL! We are contemplating moving, and the house we are considering lives on a road where there is a lot more foot traffic, so I think my LFL would do much better there…. You know you have a problem when you take your LFL into consideration for a future home lol

      I do not think I’ll be writing a review for Schindler’s list, or if I do, it will be a mini review. Basically it was a very dense non-fiction book. There were lots of names, locations, and details thrown out in a short amount of time. Since I listened to it via audiobook, I found myself getting names confused very easily (there was also a lot of German & other nationality names) and I couldn’t really go back and figure out who was who exactly. HOWEVER I wonder if I would have been able to get through the print form any easier… It just felt very much like reading a history text book. I think I would have much rather read this story in a fictionalized account so I could get a sense of the characters & the emotions if that makes sense? I’m sure this translated beautifully to film… and I really want to see it now. Don’t get me wrong, I adored the story about Oscar Schindler, but it is a very dry read.

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