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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/8 – 1/14/18


Happy Sunday bookworms!

We had a pretty low key weekend since it snowed a good 6 inches here where we live in Ohio.  Unfortunately we are expecting another 4+ inches tonight… I’m over it.

Enough about the “white death,” let’s talk books!

*Bookish 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.



Monday 1/8


2017 New Releases I Wish I Had Read in 2017

Wednesday 1/10


Book Event: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Book Tour



» My big news this week is that I scored tickets to see Neil Gaiman in March when he comes to Cincinnati to the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  You have no idea how excited I am for this event.  I’ve been wanting to see Neil Gaiman ever since I discovered him in 2016.  He is definitely one of my favorite authors.

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*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» The Girl in the Tower (Winternight #2) by Katherine Arden


5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • Even BETTER than the first book!
  • I love Vasya’s character.  I love that she is fierce, brave, independent, level-headed, and kind
  • Political intrigue
  • Sibling relationships – complicated, but at the end of the day they always have each other’s backs.
  • Religious tones – not preachy.  Christianity vs. Paganism.
  • I’m a sucker for books where women disguise themselves as men – Think Mulan
  • The Bear and the Nightingale was a slower moving book for world building purposes – The Girl in the Tower is an action packed adventure.
  • If you enjoy this series, I’d recommend the YA historical fiction (no fantasy) series The Conqueror’s Saga: And I Darken & Now I Rise by Kiersten White.  It is a gender swap retelling of Vlad the Impaler.

» Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown


5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • Same plotline as Under the Tuscan Sun – divorced woman moves to another country, buys old house, begins fixing up old house with goofy contractors, disasters along the way, and a wedding at the house at the end of the book… sound familiar?
  • The romance was very awkward.
  • Struggled with the writing at times: “But his pillow was as vacant as the wastelands of Antarctica” “It was her favorite pillow, so it probably harbored superbugs.” “The scar ran in a horizontal line across her torso like a ruler marking the end of a school essay.” “…row of suns yellow as egg yolks.” “Scott’s boots lay like a pair of drunken sailors under the step.”
  • Best part about the book is that the MC is an author who writes a series of books based off the Brontë sisters, so there were lots of tidbits of information about the sisters and their lives.
  • Love the cover

Currently reading:

» May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy


Status: 70%

I WILL finish this book this week.  I WILL!

» The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Status: 60%

How was this book published in the 80’s?!  This blows my mind.  It feels so relevant, especially with everything that is going on in the U.S. right now.

On deck:

» Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor


“What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?”
Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them” things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.
Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naive, eighteen-year-old Nora the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.
For months, they’ve lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.
In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.
Set in 1953, Nora & Kettle explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, “a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.””



» Jackie @Death by Tsundoku & Jane @Greenish Bookshelf are hosting a Anne of Green Gables Giveaway! → #AnneReadAlong2017 : The End of Anne Giveaway

*U.S. & Canada only – ends 1/26/18 at 12am central time*

» If you are a fan of the book The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Aentee @Read at Midnight has designed a few phone wallpapers with quotes from the book →Midnight Designs: The Cruel Prince

» Evelina @Avalinah’s Books talks about creating profiles on eGalley sites → How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile?


» January Book Club Picks: Schizophrenia, Refugees, and Tropical Storm Irene

» 4 Books to Read Over a Winter Weekend

» Winter 2018’s Must-Read Romances: 10 Naughty and Nice Reads

» The 13 Best Books to Pick Up This January

» 2018 preview: Our most anticipated children’s and teen books

» 12 Extra-Exciting Action-Adventure Books with Girls at the Center

» Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful: Seven Tales of Being Snowbound

» Books to Help Kids Handle All Kinds of Uncomfortable Emotions


What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

11 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/8 – 1/14/18”

  1. Neil Gaiman?! That sounds awesome, you’ll have to share your book tour experience on the blog. And thanks for sharing all these awesome articles! 🙂 I feel you on the snow thing. I’m used to it since I live in Michigan, but we were so spoiled last year by having a super easy winter. All this snow is starting to be a bit much, lol.


  2. DUDE DUDE DUDE our TBRs are so weirdly in sync right now. Okay so maybe not that crazy but we’re both reading The Handmaid’s Tale . . . but I have a copy of Nora and Kettle just chilling on my shelf. Super tempted to pick it up and read it with you so I can spam you on Twitter (totally going to do that now mwahaha). But go you with all that reading!! I am just having like, oh I don’t know, my one hundredth month in a row of slumping. IT IS SO BAD.


  3. Neil Gaiman is fantastic to listen to and see live. He is actually such a genuinely nice guy and his voice is almost hypnotic. I love his books but since seeing him at a reading I also think he’s just lovely. Hope you have a great time.
    Also – the Girl in the Tower – blew my mind. Definitely even better than the first.
    Lynn 😀


  4. Ahh that’s so awesome you are going to a Neil Gaiman event – that will be amazing! I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the Bear and the Nightingale series, I’ve had the first book on my shelf for over a year, but I’m planning on reading it this month and I’m really excited. Shame about the writing in Tumbledown Manor – those metaphors are kind of odd haha. The cover is beautiful though! Are you enjoying The Handmaid’s Tale? One of my favourite books (although it is of course incredibly bleak).


  5. Eek!!! Gaiman! That is ridiculously exciting. I hope you are able to share some of the experience with us 😊 He is incredible.

    The Handmade Tale is eerily relevant and was surely ahead of its time. I feel the same when reading 1984. How can these older titles capture the hot issues of today so well? Happy reading!


  6. Damn, that is a lot of snow! I hope the weather will improve soon… Good to hear The Girl In The Tower is even better than book one; I can’t wait to start that series. Happy reading!


  7. Congrats on getting to see Neil Gaiman soon! Very cool!

    Sorry about the snow. We had just over an inch down here and it shut us down for two days! 🙂 That’s TN in winter for ya.

    I’ve just started reading Nella Larsen’s PASSING. So far it’s good.


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