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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/19 – 3/25/18


Happy Sunday bookworms!

Ugh! I feel like I’m always apologizing for being absent from the blogging community & for the blog content being sparse these days.   Some days the anxiety from looking at my calendar is very real, BUT I have been working on reviews & other content, so I’m going to just keep on chugging along.

This week I finished some awesome books, but even more exciting: I attended another amazing author event!  Who did I meet?  You are going to have to continue on to find out…

*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 3/19


Kids’ Corner: Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman



» This week I attended Mackenzi Lee‘s book tour for Bygone Badass Broads.  If you have read any of Mackenzi’s books, then you can probably imagine that she is just as entertaining in person as she is on paper.


*Event post coming soon*


WhatImReading.jpegRecently finished reading:

» Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay



*Feelings to come in a separate post*

» Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzie Lee



*Feelings to come in a separate post*

» The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti



5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*

  • The layout of this book was wonderfully executed.  We slowly learn about Hawley over the course of the book by seeing how he received each of his bullet wounds.  These alternating chapters between Hawley’s sketchy past & Loo’s present day kept the pace of the book steady throughout & kept me interested from start to finish.
  • Themes: coming of age, father-daughter relationships, love, forgiveness, loss & grief, small town living, and the blurred lines between good & bad.
  • As much as this is Loo’s coming-of-age story, it is also very much about a father’s love for his daughter.
  • I feel like this book appeals across a wide range of readers – thriller readers, mystery readers, and literary fiction readers.  While there are thriller & mystery elements, there is much more depth to this book as well.
  • The characters in this book blur the line between good & bad, you might not always approve of their actions & decisions, but we are given enough character development to understand them.


Currently reading:

» The Daughter’s of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith



Status: 10%

» The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco



Status: 30%

» Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers



Status: 70%

On deck:

» Ready Player One by Ernest Cline



In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.



» Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek talks about why bloggers decline author review requests → Reasons why a blogger declines your review request and doesn’t want you on their blog

» @The Orangutan Librarian talks about book pirating and how you can obtain free (or cheap) books LEGALLY → ARG BOOK PIRATING SUCKS!! WALK THE PLANK!

» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about the changing bookish community →Is Book Blogging Still Relevant?

» Fadwa @Word Wonders talks about interaction between authors & reviews → Author/Reviewer Interaction Etiquett


What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

7 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 3/19 – 3/25/18”

  1. The links you rounded up are ones that all interest me, so I opened them so I can read soon.

    Lately, I feel like my book club is reading a lot of YA, and I didn’t realize until just today how much YA truly DOESN’T leave me thinking. A lot of it is so wrapped up at the end that I’m reminded of essays that end with a conclusion that summarizes. In college, we teach you DON’T do that because you want your reader to keep thinking about your essay. A summary makes them see the essay as tied up with a bow (and thus doesn’t need more thought). My book club has read The Hate U Give (which I just reviewed this week), Dumplin’, Ready Player One, and Only Ever Yours. I just….my reading heart needs a jolt of electricity.


  2. You always seem to attend the best book signings and events! I am still living vicariously through you 😉 Looking forward to your full thoughts on Bad Feminist. I have heard some great things. I am also curious as to how you are faring with The Bone Witch? I struggled with the descriptiveness at times. But am thinking the sequel will be much more rewarding now that the stage it set 😉


  3. Oh I hope you will enjoy the Bone Witch – I have read so many mixed reviews about that one, fingers crossed you will like it 🙂 Happy reading, Amanda! 🙂 And thank you so much for sharing my post!! 🙂 x


  4. Lucky you for getting to go to another author event! I’ve yet to try one of her books, but they’re on my TBR. And you’ve reminded me I need to read Ready Player One soon! Have a great week and happy reading. 🙂


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