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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/5 – 2/11/18


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope I find that everyone had a good weekend?  My husband took a trip out to California with his brothers, so I was flying solo here at home with the kids.  I can say that I definitely have a new respect for single parents, and parents whose spouses travel a lot for work.  You all are heroes for what you do!  Since I was a little busy this last week, I am behind on blog hopping, but I plan to start catching up with everyone this week.

Let’s see what I did get accomplished this week…

*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.



Tuesday 2/6


Book Review: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

*One of my favorite reads of 2017!*

Wednesday 2/7


Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite M/M Couples in Books



*Book titles link to Goodreads

Recently finished reading:

» Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman



5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • My first time actually reading a Neil Gaiman book instead of listening to the audiobook.  I do like the audiobooks better just because of his narration, but I totally heard his voice in my head while I was reading this.
  • I really don’t think NG could do any wrong in my eyes.  I may be biased at this point.  What can I say?  I am a sucker for cleverness and wit, and NG has both in spades.
  • This story was weird & random, but no one does weird and random better than Gaiman.
  • Loved this modern spin (see what I did there? I do love a good pun) of a west African folktale of Anansi the spider.
  • I really want to read American Gods now, but its size intimiates me.
  • Does this rank up there with Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Stardust?  I think I would rank this just below those books.

» Declaration: A Poetry Chapbook in Three Movements by Jeff Roush


5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • This collection of poetry is about the mundane day-to-day occurrences in life.
  • My favorite poems were To My First “I Love You”, This Once Was Home, A Deciduous Mind, Messiah in Waiting, Stolen Guilty Moments, Don Quixote de la Suburb, Writing the Perfect Poem, and To Eat a Peach.
  • I think this collection of poetry would appeal more to adults “in the rat race.”  People with jobs, families, tight schedules, etc. etc.  It was relatable.
  • Quick read – you can read this in one sitting, but revisit the collection again for a deeper understanding.

» Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7) by L.M. Montgomery



5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • A little confused as to why this book was NOT about Anne or her children?  The majority of this book focuses on the Meredith children & an orphan girl named Mary… it still had the vibe of the series overall, but why include this book in the Anne of Green Gables series if it does not have much to do with Anne’s family?  The story in an of itself is a good story, but not really a fan of it as part of this series.
  • Racist comments in classic books make me cringe.  I know this book was written in 1919, so we are supposed to take the era in which they were written into context, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  The comment was “I worked like a n_______…”  It really does break my heart to think that comments like these were so common place back then, even to children!  This comment was actually made by a child in the book.
  • I adored the Meredith children, especially Faith.  Despite all the shenanigans they got themselves into, they were good kids.  They felt very similar to Anne when she arrived at Green Gables.
  • Am I the only one who was a little annoyed by Mr. Meredith?  His children were basically screaming for his attention, but he ignored them for the majority of the book.  I understand he was mourning the loss of his beloved wife, but wake up man!  Losing a wife does NOT give you the excuse to neglect your children.
  • I really liked Rosemary West.  There was something so warm and fuzzy about her, BUT what I loved the most about her was that she was not callous in regards to the pack with her sister.  What a class-act!

Currently reading:

» The Passenger by Lisa LutzThePassenger


Status:  25%

» Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman



Status: Just starting

On deck:

» As Good As True by Cheryl Reid



A powerful and haunting novel of a woman’s broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home.
August 1956. After a night of rage and terror, Anna Nassad wakes to find her abusive husband dead and instinctively hides her bruises and her relief. As the daughter of Syrian immigrants living in segregated Alabama, Anna has never belonged, and now her world is about to erupt.
Days before, Anna set in motion an explosive chain of events by allowing the first black postman to deliver the mail to her house. But it’s her impulsive act of inviting him inside for a glass of water that raises doubts about Anna’s role in her husband’s death.
As threats and suspicions arise in the angry community, Anna must confront her secrets in the face of devastating turmoil and reconcile her anguished relationship with her daughter. Will she discover the strength to fight for those she loves most, even if it means losing all she’s ever known? 



» February 2018 Book Club Picks

» 28 Books by Black Women for Black History Month

*I’ve read 7 off this list and loved them all!

» 15 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

*I’ll take those book coasters!

» Book Inspired Bouquets

*The Color Purple bouquet is the best!

» 22 Books that Celebrate Lesser-Known African Americans and Their Contributions to History

» Camille Dungy’s Necessary New Books by Black Writers


What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)


5 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 2/5 – 2/11/18”

  1. I do love Neil Gaiman – not read Anansi Boys so glad to see you enjoyed it and also haven’t yet read Norse Mythology so look forward to your thoughts on that one.
    Lynn 😀


  2. I need to read more of Neil Gaiman’s books – so far, I only read Coraline a long time ago, but I remember really enjoying the writing style and the story. I’m so glad you enjoyed Anasi Boys 🙂
    I hope you are having a lovely week, Amanda! xx


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