Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/10 – 7/16/17

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Happy Sunday bookworms!

Did everyone have a good weekend?  Did you read any good books?!

I had a fairly busy week full of hosting my book club (we read Homegoing & it was an excellent discussion), attending a concert (Rob Zombie! It was my first heavy metal concert & quite an experience), and even attended an 80s themed party (it was totally tubular).  Despite my busy week in real life, I still managed to get some posts up on the blog & read 3 (almost 4) books this week!  Yay me 🙂

Let’s see what I got accomplished…

*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 7/10

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Book Event: Mary Kubica’s Every Last Lie Book Tour

Wednesday 7/12

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Top 5 Wednesday: Best Middle Grade Books I’ve Read in 2017 (Thus Far)

Thursday 7/13

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Book Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017 Edition)

Friday 7/14

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Book Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

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*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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5-Star Rating System*3.5 Stars

Feelings in a few thoughts: bad-ass female lead; example of how to do the hate – love trope well; witty banter; good concept with fantasy elements; wanted more action out of a PIRATE book; solid read but could have been more

» The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

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5-Star Rating System*3.5 Stars

Feelings in a few thoughts:  outside my reading comfort zone; very much a western; play format? didn’t really understand the intermissions; dry humor – which I appreciated; journey where characters must face adversity along the way; enjoyed how everything panned out in the end – but wasn’t the dramatic ending I was anticipating; slower paced; struggled with my rating – possibly a 4 star book; won’t be for everyone

» Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts: went in with low expectations, but pleasantly surprised; gave me Wizard of Oz vibes; enjoyed the overall plot – darker than anticipating w/ good mystery elements; writing felt forced at times, like the author was trying a little too hard; too much sensory description – particularly smells; wanted a little more visual world building; wonder if I enjoyed this more because I haven’t read The Night Circus yet?


Currently reading:

» This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Status: 90% complete


On deck:

» Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

» Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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AroundTheBookishBlogosphere

» Lois @My Midnight Mussing discusses why she loves Fantasy → Discussion: Why I Read Fantasy

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» Fadwa @Word Wonders talk about blog burn out & some signs that one is coming → The Dreaded Blogging Burn-out

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»  Evelina @Avalinah’s Books talks about the phenomenon we are all guilty of → Discussion: Crave Book + Buy Book = Put It Away?

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» CW @Read, Think, Ponder shows off her new blog design & tells us a bit about herself → Meet The Artist / Blogger!

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» Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek shares some interesting book titles 😛 → Fun and Inappropriate Book Covers and Names to make you smile: Volume 5!!!

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» Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks shares some tips for writing book reviews →5 Tips to Help You Write Reviews For Your Book Blog

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» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about book cover love On book cover lust

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» Books About Books:
8 Children’s Stories That Celebrate the Joy of Reading

» How to Read Aloud to a Child That Won’t Sit Still

» The Perfect Book for Your Zodiac Sign

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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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19 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/10 – 7/16/17”

  1. Oh you had a productive week, busy yet you managed to read so many books, yay, you! I don’t know how you do it ahah 🙂
    I’m glad you enjoyed Caraval, I am reading it at the moment, just started and I do have the feeling that the writing feels forced at times, which makes me a bit sad. But I’m very curious about how this will all turn out 🙂

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  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful week! I hope you enjoyed This Savage Song as much as I did and I definitely need to read Caraval soon. Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. I can definitely understand these criticisms. I think I definitely enjoyed it more because I went in with low expectations and had ZERO comparisons to what thought it would be. Now I need to read The Night Circus and see what I am really missing out on 🙂

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  3. Looks like you’ve had a very productive week. I’ve not read Caraval yet and admittedly I am nervous to do so because I love The Night Circus. I’ll get to it one day haha. I hope you’re enjoying This Savage Song. Thank you so much for sharing my post. 😀

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  4. I have no idea how you managed to do all that *and* be a full-time kick-butt Mommy. I could learn a thing or two about prioritizing from you. 😀 I’m glad that you enjoyed Caraval. I’m waiting until the whole series is released before I read it, but it’s on myTBR. I’m also shocked that The Daughter of the Pirate King lacks action! How disappointing. I still want to check it out, though. Again– more series books! Give me a stand alone somewhere, please!

    I am currently reading Dumplin via audio book and When the Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories on my Kindle. On deck? Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson and Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein. I am super excited for both of these books!

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    1. The Daughter of the Pirate King was much more about the characters and the romance, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I just wanted more action. Not a bad book at all and I’m sure it’s just my personal reading tastes.

      Girl! I know!!! There are WAY too many series out there. I prefer standalones so I only have to commit to one book vs. 17 lol

      Excited to see what you think of Dumplin! and how it is via audiobook!

      I haven’t heard of the books you have on your upcoming TBR! I’ll have to head over to Goodreads to investigate 🙂

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      1. The crazy thing about books is that everyone has different tastes, but that’s why I’ love book clubs so much. There is always so much to discuss!

        I have recently been looking for more standalones. I love following characters over time, but lately I’ve wanted to be able to move on more quickly. With my tendency for binge reading series, I might get stuck reading only one author all year long! And that’s not acceptable.

        The audiobook is GREAT so far. I really love Eileen Stewart. In fact, she might be one of my go-to narrators now… I’m not too far, but I’m loving it to this point.

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  5. *gasp* I really want to read Daughter of the Pirate King!! I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed it though! I haven’t actually read the blurb, literally just want to read it because COVER and PIRATE. #Shallow. I can’t believe how many books you got to despite being so busy?!?! Teach me your secret ways!

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    1. The Daughter of the Pirate King is a good book & definitely matches the beautiful cover. I would have liked a little more action, but overall a solid read. I can see why it’s so popular.

      Haha if I am not mistaken, you have been pumping out blog posts AND videos? I’m sure you are also reading a bit as well. You get a lot done yourself 🙂

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  6. The Savage Song is in my line up as well. I am glad you enjoyed Caraval. I found a bit to appreciate but didn’t quite “love” it. I am hoping you enjoy Strange the Dreamer more than I did as well. It was not bad by any means, but slow for my tastes. I do think the sequel will be good though 😉

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    1. That’s pretty much how I felt about Caraval. It was a decent read, but it didn’t exactly knock my socks off either… It *could* have if a few things had been different.

      I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer! I definitely can see you wishing it had been a little more faster paced. My only issue with it was the insta-love….

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