Hello & happy Sunday my bookish friends!
Did everyone have a good week(end)?! Anything exciting happen?
As for me, something very exciting happened for my family this week! Read on to find out…
(I know you are totally curious)
*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.
We are under contract for a new home, and will be closing this Tuesday the 25th! We have been in the market for a new home for a while now, but we live in a small community where homes sell like hotcakes & often go above asking price. Homes will often come on the market and will sell a few hours later with multiple offers above asking price. To say this process has been frustrating is an understatement. It has also been harder for us to find a home because we were looking for a fixer-upper. My husband flips houses for a living, so we knew we wanted a home to completely renovate to our tastes, but finding a fixer-upper at a good price also proved to be a challenge. I am happy to report that the right home came along and with a little luck and great timing, we were able to snag it at a great price. It will be a few months before we will be able to move in because of the renovations, but we hope to be in before Christmas. This is a HUGE project, and I know it will take time away from blogging & reading, BUT I know once everything is complete we will be very happy in our new home 🙂
*Book titles link to Goodreads
Recently finished reading:
» This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Feelings in a few thoughts: gorgeous writing as per expected with Schwab; what makes someone a “monster”?; liked how Kate was rough around the edges; a few YA tropes & clichés; didn’t connect to the story like I did with Schwab’s Shades of Magic series; definitely think this book is leaps and bounds above many of the YA books out there
» Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Feelings in a few thoughts: One of my top reads of 2017; completely mesmerized by this story; Lazlo Strange is my new book boyfriend; unique & fantastical; moral questions; what makes someone a hero? a monster?; NOT a fan of the insta-love but this was my only issue with the book; the ending! how will I wait for the second book?!
» The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
» Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Status: 15% → pleasantly surprised thus far!
» The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller
In this story for readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Man Called Ove, when all seems lost, he finds what matters most.
Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding. A wearer of high-tops. A maker of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting.
But he wouldn’t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders—his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing—except for his lost father.
So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.
Steeped in nostalgic wonder, The Luster of Lost Things explores the depths of our capacity for kindness and our ability to heal. A lyrical meditation on why we become lost and how we are found, from the bright, broken heart of a boy who knows where to look for everyone but himself.
» Em @Keystroke Blog talks about reading slumps → The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them
» Chelsea @The Suspense is Thrilling Me announces a new online book club collaboration with Sam @Clues and Reviews called Suspenseful Clues and Thrilling Reviews! →Exciting Announcement!
» CW @ReadThinkPonder shares some book recs → Book Recs: SFF Books with LGBT Protagonists
» Fadwa @Word Wonders talks about content (trigger) warnings → Content Warnings are Necessary
» 10 Timeless Love Stories to Get Lost in This Summer
What are you currently reading?
What will you read next?
Have a wonderful week, and happy reading