Wrap Ups & Hauls

Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/18 – 9/24/17

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Hello bookworms!

I hope I find everyone well.  Unfortunately these past two week have been super busy, so blog hopping has fallen to the back burner.  I promise I will be catching up with everyone this week, so bear with me.

I do have some exciting things to share…  including the fact that I got a bookish tattoo this week.  Continue on if you’d like to see it 🙂

*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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Wednesday 9/20

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fancasts for Recent Reads

Thursday 9/21

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Book Review: Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay

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» I guess my biggest bookish news this week is that I pulled the trigger and finally got a bookish tattoo.  I’ve been contemplating a tattoo of a book for a few years now, but could never decide on a design I could commit to.  My bestie in real life hooked me up with her tattoo artist who specializes in abstract & watercolor tattoos.  I couldn’t be happier with what he came up with.

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» I completed my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge an entire 3.5 months early… I read 82 books in 2016, so I thought a goal of 90 books for 2017 would be enough of a challenge.  Can’t wait to break into the triple digits for the first time ever 🙂

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» On Wednesday (20th) I had the pleasure of attending Celeste Ng’s book tour for her recent release, Little Fires EverywhereMore details about my experience at this event coming up later in the week!

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*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» The Dinner by Herman Koch

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Feelings in a few thoughts: This book was PAINFULLY slow ◊ the narrator, Paul, went off on so many random (and boring) tangents that my mind wandered for much of this book ◊ unbelievable for so many different reasons

» A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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*4.5 Stars*

Feelings in a few thoughts: forbidden romance – Romeo & Juliet style ◊ grief & loss = central theme ◊ LOVED the magic & paranormal elements – magic realism done right ◊ beautiful writing ◊ slow burn romance ◊ realistic characters – Emily Henry somehow manages to write teen characters that do NOT annoy me

» Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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*4.5 Stars*

Feelings in a few thoughts: Coming-of-age story set in 1970s Brooklyn, New York ◊ Woodson’s poetic writing is exquisite ◊ this book felt authentic – not surprising since it is an #OwnVoices book ◊ themes: grief & loss, friendship, and growing up ◊ you can really feel how special Brooklyn is to Woodson ◊ “short story” done right


Currently reading:

» Asking for It by Louise O’Neill

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Status: 20%

» Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

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Status: 32%


On deck:

» Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

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Can one girl win a war?
My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.
I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.
My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.
All I want to do is climb.
My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.
Risuko.
Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.
Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.
Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?
Historical adventure fiction appropriate for young adult and middle-grade readers.

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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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15 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/18 – 9/24/17”

  1. EEP. I’m so excited that you actually got the tattoo!!!! It looks beauutttiiffull (are you going to add words later? Or did you decide you just wanted the design?). ALSO- I still can’t believe you’ve already read 90 books, that’s insane! I like to think that if I hadn’t gone to Disney, considering I read 83 or something last year, that I would also have eclipsed that milestone by now *twitches at read pile of 30*

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    1. Thanks Kirstie!!! I am not adding words to this particular tattoo, but I already have a Harry Potter & Jane Eyre tattoo in the works. The Jane Eyre tattoo will be a bird escaping a bird cage with the famous quote “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

      AND you will totally make up for the lack of reading this year in the coming year! I have faith in you my friend!

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  2. !!! That tattoo is AWESOME. I totally respect that. I am such a big baby; while I love the idea of a tattoo, I pass out regularly when I get my flu shot, so a tattoo probably isn’t in my near future. O_o I’m so glad you had a great experience at Celest Ng’s event! And way to already best your GR reading challenge!! What a great week for accomplishments.

    I just finished reading Ringworld and both Anne of Ingleside and The Broken Sky are on deck to be read. It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to binge-read a book, so I’m starting to worry that I’m burning out on reading… is that a thing?

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    1. Thanks Jackie! Um… yeah if you can’t take a flu shot, then I wouldn’t suggest a tattoo lol Lots of people say that they don’t hurt, but they are lying lol Certain areas hurt less, but no tattoo feels good while you are getting it. I’m already contemplating a Harry Potter & Jane Eyre tattoo lol

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