I know I am super late to get this post out, but this is pretty much the first time I’ve sat down all weekend. Yesterday we spent our day at the lacrosse fields for my son’s tournament, and today we took advantage of the nice weather to get some yard work done. It seems that spring has finally decided to show up here in Ohio… better late than never I guess 🙂
*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.
» On Saturday, April 14th, I attended the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus Ohio. I’ve really enjoyed this book festival for the past 2 years now. I was a tad disappointed with the author list this year in comparison with last year’s line up, but still had a wonderful time sitting in on some interesting panel discussions. More details to come in a separate post.
Recently Finished Reading:
» I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi
Feelings in a few thoughts:
- I absolutely loved this book. The more I thought about it, the more I appreciate it
- This book deals heavily with loss & grief, so the overall tone of the book is somber, HOWEVER the author throws in just the right amount of whit and lighter hearted moments to balance out the heaviness of the book
- I was a little skeptical of the fact the author includes Maddy’s (deceased) POV, but the author nailed it
- I kept thinking this book was going to be predictable, but the author took it in other directions that I wasn’t anticipating
- Trigger/Content warning: suicide
» The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Feelings in a few thoughts:
- I really enjoyed the world building & magic system in The Demon King – I found in fascinating that those that wield magic in this world are looked upon with distrust, and in some cases distain… I was also very interested in how the wizards & the clan communities have to interact as a sort of “checks and balances” system.
- Despite the fact this is a 500+ page book, I flew through it.
- TDK is full of political intrigue, family drama, gang wars, corruption, betrayal, secrets, and surprises.
- The reason I took off a half star was *highlight between arrows to see spoilers ⇒ I didn’t like how everyone seemed in love with EVERYONE else? Why does Raisa & Han feel attracted to every character of the opposite sex they come into contact with? It was a tad annoying. I also was not a fan of the relationship between Raisa & Micah – there was also a weird scene where Raisa is under a sort of spell and Micah is trying to whisk her away for some “alone time” and it all felt really off… it felt almost like a date rape scenario. ⇐
- I will definitely be continuing on with the series!
» The November Girl by Lydia King
- While I found the concept of this book really intriguing, I just couldn’t continue on with it.
- The reason I decided to DNF *highlight between arrows to see spoiler ⇒ this book felt like it had a weird self-harm thing going on… the romance felt weird too. My breaking point was after Hector asks Anda if she’d hurt him if he asked her too, then later Anda licks blood off Hectors neck after she cut him shaving… I’m out⇐
» The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
*Read in honor of #NationalPoetryMonth – feelings to come in a later post
» The Battle of Junk Mountain by Lauren Abbey Greenberg
Feelings in a few thoughts:
- With a setting off the coast of Maine, this is a wonderful summer/beach read for middle graders
- Themes: evolving friendship, mental illness (hoarding), loss & grief, childhood & growing up, etc
- I am impressed with how Greenberg was able to tackle the topic of hoarding in a middle grade book. It felt very realistic & appropriate for this age level without being too “watered down.”
- One of my favorite aspects of this book was that it deals with a changing friendship between Shayne & Poppy. I really enjoy how the author left things with these two.
- I really appreciated how the author didn’t wrap up everything nicely like is done far too often in the middle grade genre. Some things are left a little messy, kind of like real life.
» They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
I got the chance to listen to the author on a panel at the Ohioana Book Festival and am super excited to read his book. Such a fascinating and entertaining man.
» The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
This is my book club’s selection for April, with our meeting on Wednesday evening. Not going to lie, I’m having a tough go with this one. I first attempted it via audiobook, but was not a fan of the narrator. Now I am giving it a go via print format, but am still having a hard time with the author’s writing style. Not sure if I am going to be able to get through this one.
» Cinder (The Lunar Chonicals #1) by Marissa Meyer
First timer here. I never really had any desire to pick this series up before, but I saw that the audiobook version was available on Hoopla, so I figured why not? The first 30% didn’t really capture my interest, but it does seem to be picking up. Hopefully things will really start to take off for me.
What Am I Reading Next?:
» milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
» the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”
A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.
» Kirstie @Upside Down Books shares a few bookstores to visit in Philly →Bookstores to Visit in Philadelphia for Book Lovers
» Annie @The Misstery shares TV show recommendations for crime fiction fans → 4 TV Shows for Crime Fans
» Danielle @Books, Vertigo, and Tea talks about books on a budget →My Person How To: Affording Books on a Budget
*Melanie, you might find this article particularly interesting.
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Have a wonderful week & happy reading