It feels so great to type those words. You cannot imagine how tough it has been on me these past few weeks to be on a blogging hiatus…
How about a little update?
In case you missed it, earlier this month I announced that I would be on a blogging hiatus for the unforeseeable future. You can read the original post here → Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/31 – 8/6/17 + Blogging Hiatus. Basically the gist of the situation is that we bought a new home that needs a complete renovation, so I am very overwhelmed with the new house remolding AND getting our current home ready to put on the market. Let’s just say I am in bed by 9pm these days 🙂
For those interested in where we are in the renovation process (if not you should skip this paragraph lol), the house has been completely gutted inside and out. Currently we are working on the “rough-in” process with the electric & plumbing. Next week we hope to get started with drywall. We decided on a new kitchen layout/design (such a pain in the ass) and have our kitchen cabinets ordered. We also finalized all of our flooring this week. I met with our paint rep to decide interior & exterior paint colors this week as well. Slowly everything is starting to come together 🙂 As far as our current house goes, I’ve been purging our home of all nonessential possessions. You never realize how much crap you’ve been hoarding until its time to move. We also have painted the main living areas (living room, kitchen, dinning room, and bathroom) a more neutral color. Whew!
Despite this crazy project we have begun, it hasn’t really slowed down my reading. I owe this all to audiobooks! They really have saved my sanity over these past few weeks of painting, decluttering, packing, making renovation decisions, etc. etc. HOWEVER this past month without blogging has been much harder on me than I ever imagined. I have decided that I simply cannot go another month without blogging. That’s right my friends, I will be back in September! If this means posting only once or twice a week, then so be it. I will also be back to blog hopping as much as I can. I cannot wait to play a little catch up this weekend and see what all my blogger friends have been up to while I’ve been gone 🙂
Oh yeah. I almost forgot, this happened while on my hiatus…
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*Book titles link to Goodreads
» The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller
Feelings in a few thoughts: magic realism ¤ journey where MC discovers their inner strength ¤ MC with motor speech disorder ¤ recommend to food lovers, dog lovers, and NY lovers ¤ heartwarming & sweet read ¤ struggled a bit with some of the magical realism elements at first – this was probably more because I didn’t read the book description prior to reading the book
» The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Feelings in a few thoughts: WWII Poland under German occupation ¤ loved learning about Jan and Antonina Zabinski & how the helped save hundreds of lives ¤ interesting perspective of life living at a zoo ¤ would recommend to animal lovers ¤ felt like the author went off on tangents ¤ wonderfully narrated audiobook ¤ not sure I would have gotten through it in print form – my mind wandered a bit during the “tangents”
» The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Feelings in a few thoughts: short story ¤ fairytale retelling – Snow White/Sleeping Beauty mash up ¤ Zombies? ¤ LOVED the twist! ¤ short & sweet book to read between books ¤ audiobook well done with full cast
» The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2) by Heidi Heilig
Feelings in a few thoughts: I still love this unique concept: time travel through maps ¤ loved seeing Kash’s POV ¤ really like the history & mythology woven throughout ¤ Slate felt off ¤ wanted a little more world building in regards to the mythical utopia ¤ despite some of my other issues, I still love this book & this series
» Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Feelings in a few thoughts: this book takes the award for “most f***ed up book” I’ve read this year ¤ lots of triggering content ¤ many aspects were a little too farfetched ¤ great pacing – a real page turner ¤ not for the faint of heart ¤ audiobook well narrated
» The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin
Feelings in a few thoughts: had a hard time wrapping my mind around this world at first, I was often confused about what was going on in the first half of the book ¤ I’ve never read a POV in 2nd person before ¤ slower paced novel ¤ this book captured my attention in the second half ¤ the way the author weaves this tale is very clever ¤ very unique concept – fresh take on post apocalyptic fiction ¤ will continue on with series
» Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Feelings in a few thoughts: #DiverseKidLit: Muslim main character ¤ beautiful middle grade book ¤ tackles some heavy topics in a very appropriate way ¤ adored the themes: friendship, community, faith, and self discovery ¤ really enjoyed learning more about Muslim culture & customs ¤ adored how the author brought different religions together in this book – religious tones uplifting and not preachy ¤ I feel like most children will be able to relate to Amina in one way or another ¤ wonderful book for the classroom setting
» Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4) by L.M. Montgomery
Feelings in a few thoughts: my least favorite Anne of Green Gables book thus far ¤ beloved characters absent from this book almost completely (Marilla, Diana, etc. etc.) ¤ format felt off – changing from letters from Anne to Gilbert to 3rd person ¤ too much “fluff” and not enough “meat” to the plotline
» The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Feelings in a few thoughts: despite the title, this book is not only about Ava Lavender, but also about those she descends from – we don’t meet Ava until much later in the book ¤ magic realism ¤ “The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows” portion of the title is spot on – there is definitely something strange and beautiful about this book ¤ definitely not a light hearted read – this book is filled with tragedy ¤ contains triggering content ¤ I cannot put my finger on what it was about this book, but it has a very whimsical feel that entranced me
I am already above the number of total books I read in 2016 (82 books), and will hit my 2017 reading goal of 90 books in September most likely. Will 2017 be the year I break 100 books read in one year?
Since I was on hiatus this month, I obviously didn’t get much up on the blog.
» The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni #1) by Helene Wecker
» A Thousand Pieces of You by (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
» The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee
Because I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had the time to buy many books this month! My wallet & bookshelves are thankful for this 🙂
Which books did you read this month?
Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month? If so, what did you think?
Did you buy any books? If so, which ones?
Comment below and let me know 🙂