Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/9 – 4/22/18

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Hello bookworms!

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.

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ThisWeekOnTheBlog.jpegTuesday 4/10

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Books I Read for #WomensHistoryMonth 2018

 Tuesday 4/17

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Book Review: The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner

Wednesday 4/18

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Author Event: Mackenzi Lee’s Book Tour for Bygone Badass Broads

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» 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.Divider2

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» I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

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5-Star Rating SystemFeelings 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

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*4.5 Stars*

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

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DNF @30%

  • 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

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*Read in honor of #NationalPoetryMonth – feelings to come in a later post

» The Battle of Junk Mountain by Lauren Abbey Greenberg

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5-Star Rating System

*4.5 stars*

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.

Currently Reading:

» They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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Status: 10%

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

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Status: 20%

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

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Status: 30%

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

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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

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“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.

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AroundTheBookishBlogosphere

» 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


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» Amy Spalding on Writing a Fat Character Who’s Not the “Before”

*Melanie, you might find this article particularly interesting.

» 10 Books to Inspire Kids to Love Trees

» Books and Brews: Celebrate National Beer Day with These Boozy Pairings

» The Best Children’s and YA Books of April 2018

» Colorful Poetry: 22 Diverse Poetry Picture Books for Kids

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LetsChat

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

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7 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/9 – 4/22/18”

  1. I hope your son had a nice tournament! I glad to hear the weather has perked up. It was lovely here this weekend as well. Too bad about the author line-up at the festival, but pleased you were still able to enjoy. Any particular reason it was not as impressive this year? Stick with Cinder. I hope you enjoy it as much as me, although I am not sure about the audiobooks. Have a lovely week Amanda!

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    1. I’m not sure? I think it was partly my fault for not getting around to reading more of the authors in attendance, so I wasn’t as excited this year. Plus I recognized more of the authors in attendance last year. It was still a very enjoyable book festival regardless.

      Cinder is starting to pick up! It only took me until the 40% mark lol I really hope I end up enjoying it overall. I’m going to hope the second half blows me away.

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      1. I think I am such a sucker for retellings that Cinder was a guarantee with me haha. I do think the series continues to improve 😉 and that makes sense about the festival. But you have had a lot going on this year, so I imagine it would be hard to read more of them!

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  2. I recently noticed that I Liked My Life was on Hoopla, so I’m excited. Glad to see a good review for it! I think I remember The Shipping News picks up later, but I read it so long ago. Not gonna lie, I thought milk and honey was okay, but a tad overrated. It’ll be interesting to see what you think.

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  3. Holy BUCKETS you read a TON! I’m really impressed with all the reading you pulled off. How do you ever manage this?!

    I’m proud to see a DNF on this list. I don’t think people DNF enough books. Life is too short to read books you aren’t into! What made you pick up The November Girl in the first place? The Demon King has been on my TBR forever… I wonder why I haven’t picked it up yet?

    Finally – that article you linked to about writing a fat girl who isn’t “before” fascinates me. I love Melanie’s blog missions; it’s been breaking my heart that a lot of the fat-focused literature she has found isn’t particularly positive. Spalding is 100% correct: Representation matters. This is why so many people struggle with who they are; in order to build up the majority, the minority is sacrificed. I cannot wait to read Spalding’s novel!

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