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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/11 – 6/17/18

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Hello bookworms!

Happy belated Father’s Day to all my fellow bookworms in the States.  I hope all the fathers out there enjoyed their day, and that everyone else enjoyed spoiling the father & father figures in their lives.  I should earn daughter of the year award for going over to my parent’s house to clean out their gutters… Doesn’t sound that hard does it?  Well they live on a steep hill AND have a two story house, so doing it from a ladder isn’t really possible.  That’s right, I harnessed up and had to do it from their roof.  The kicker? It was 92 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday in Ohio, which meant it felt like 120 degrees on that roof.  I’ll be waiting to receive my award in the mail any day now…

Enough about my traumatic Father’s Day activities, 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.

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Monday 6/11

May18WUMay 2018 Bookish Wrap-Up + Book Haul

Tuesday 6/12

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June 2018 TBR

Wednesday 6/13

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Book Review: Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars #1) by Lauren Nicole Taylor

Friday 6/15

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Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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» Since I haven’t posted a weekly wrap-up in a while, I haven’t been able to talk about The Great American Read that aired on PBS a few weeks ago.  I totally geeked out.  Some of my thoughts while watching…

  • Sarah Jessica Parker “dog-ears” her book pages ((cringe)) BUT I’ll forgive her because she started getting emotional while talking about how important reading is to her.
  • I’ve only read 38 of the 100 books on the list!  I’m a failure.
  • I don’t watch TV ever, but I’ll watch it all day long if it’s about books!
  • I love Will Wheaton I’ve never heard of his favorite book, Dune.  Please don’t revoke my bookworm card.
  • I’m embarrassed that Fifty Shades of Grey was included in this list.  This is not great literature people.  It is a poorly written book about a misogynistic man who gets off by physically hurting women.  No.  Just no.
  • I have a feeling that Harry Potter is going to win (not that it doesn’t deserve to) but I voted for Jane Eyre.

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» The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

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5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • Some of the elements in the story were a little cliché
  • Despite the fact that I wanted to smack Madeleine for putting up with her ass-hat of a husband, I enjoyed Madeleine’s growth throughout the book.
  • I really enjoyed Margie’s storyline the most – a young woman discovering herself in Paris in the 1920s.
  • I’m a sucker for stories where a descendant learns about a long ago ancestor & unravels family secrets.
  • A lighter read, but with enough depth to keep me satisfied.

» The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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5-Star Rating System*4.5 Stars*

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • The audiobook version is very well done!  With such beautiful writing and an excellent narration, I’d recommend going this route.
  • It took me a little bit to get into this one, but once I did I was hooked.
  • I’d recommend this book to Greek Mythology fans.  I wasn’t very familiar with Achilles’ story going into this book (aside from the fact that his heel was his weakness – which doesn’t make an appearance in this book) but now I want to research some of the original tales to see how similar or different they are.
  • I don’t think it’s a spoiler to mention that this book includes a M/M romance.  I’d probably venture to say it would be one of my favorite M/M relationships in a book.  This isn’t to say the relationship was perfect by any means, but it was flawed and realistic.
  • This book really does have it all: action, adventure, love, tragedy, friendship, political intrigue, etc.

» The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I was NOT expecting to love this book as much as I did!
  • Despite the fact that Evelyn wasn’t exactly an endearing character, I definitely admired her ambition, drive, independence, and strength.  I really enjoy reading books where the main character walks that grey line between “good” and “bad.”
  • There were two big plot twists.  One I didn’t see coming at all.  The other I did guess shortly before it was revealed.
  • What a fascinating look at “Hollywood culture”… I wonder if a few of the happenings in this book are not as farfetched as you would think.

» Neverland by Margot McGovern

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • Content/Trigger warnings: mental illness (general), depression, suicide, self harm, etc.
  • Margot’s writing is absolutely stunning!  On one hand, I am not surprised, but on the other I am highly impressed.
  • I personally would not consider this a Peter Pan retelling.  If you go into this expecting one, you may find yourself disappointed.  I’d think of it more as a book inspired by Peter Pan & sprinkled with Peter Pan references.
  • This is not an uplifting book by any means.  It is dark, raw, & gritty.  It was even a tad unsettling at times.
  • I was engrossed in this story & found myself needing to know what was going to happen next.
  • I only had a few minor issues with the book *highlight between arrows to see spoilers  Kit & Rohan’s relationship felt instalove-ish at first, but after finishing I understand why it was written this way.  It still annoyed me for a big part of the book, but it did get better.  Another issue I had was that the “monster” turned out to be Kit’s mother wo suffered from bi-polar disorder.  It just didn’t sit right with me & felt counterproductive for a book with mental illness representation.

» An Ember in the Ashes (Ember Quartet #1) by Sabaa Tahir

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I’m going to venture to say this will be one of my favorite books of 2018 – I’m kicking myself for not starting this series sooner!  It is definitely worth the hype.
  • This book is full of action & adventure and mixed with just the right amount of romance.
  • Holy crap Tahir is ruthless!  She must be a George R. R. Martin fan lol
  • Fast paced from beginning to end.

Currently Reading:

 

» A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

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Status: 90%

» A Torch Against the Night (Ember Quartet #2) by Sabaa Tahir

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Status: 30%


What Am I Reading Next?:

» Sisi: Empress on Her Own (Sisi #2) by Allison Pataki

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In this sweeping and powerful novel, New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time. An enthralling work of historical fiction set during the Golden Age of the Habsburg court, Sisi is a gripping page-turner for readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin.
Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth – fondly known as Sisi – captures the hearts of her people as their “fairy queen,” but beneath that dazzling perception lives a far more complex figure. In mid-nineteenth-century Vienna, the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but also with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue. Sisi grows restless, feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage. A free-spirited wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest, where she enjoys visits from the striking Hungarian statesman Count Andrássy, the man with whom she’s unwittingly fallen in love. But tragic news brings Sisi out of seclusion, forcing her to return to her capital and a world of gossip, envy, and sorrow where a dangerous fate lurks in the shadows.
Through love affairs and loss, Sisi struggles against the conflicting desires to keep her family together or to flee amid the collapse of her suffocating marriage and the gathering tumult of the First World War. In an age of crumbling monarchies, Sisi fights to assert her right to the throne beside her husband, to win the love of her people and the world, and to save an empire. But in the end, can she save herself?

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What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

11 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/11 – 6/17/18”

  1. Omg, YES I loved An Ember in the Ashes SO SO much when I read it last summer and like you, I was totally kicking myself for waiting so long to read it! I still haven’t managed to get around to A Torch Against the Night, but I need to do that ASAP. I also really want to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I’ve heard from a few people now that they loved it a lot more than they thought they would and now I’m intrigued, haha.

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    1. You HAVE to read A Torch Against the Night! I was just as good as the first book. It is more of a journey book, and I’m a sucker for a good journey. It is super quick paced too. I attended Sabaa Tahir’s book tour for the third book last month and it sounds like the 3rd book is going to be even more epic!

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  2. I feel like everyone has read and loved Evelyn Hugo, I really need to add it to my TBR at some point and read it. I am so, so glad you enjoyed it so much! I am so, so happy you read and loved An Ember in the Ashes, I read it a little while ago and really enjoyed it – I can’t wait to read the sequel, I hope you’re enjoying it so far! 😀
    Happy reading and have a lovely week, Amanda! 😀

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    1. Marie! You HAVE to read Evelyn Hugo! Such an amazing book. It was definitely NOT what I was expecting either. I cannot wait to discuss it with my book club this week.
      The sequel to An Ember in the Ashes is JUST as good as the first book. It is more of a journey story, and I’m a sucker for a good journey. I actually picked up the third book when I attended Sabaa Tahir’s book tour. I think the third book is going to be even more epic 🙂

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  3. I haven’t watched anything around The Great American Read yet, but I really want to. When you ask someone about their favorite *anything* people get really passionate. I want to hear about America’s favorite books– and why they are favorites!

    Why is Jane Eyre a favorite? I’m a bit ashamed to admit I haven’t read it yet… O_o Perhaps that should be prioritized on my TBR? Personally, I voted for Pride and Prejudice.

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    1. You’ve never read Jane Eyre?!?!?! Ahhhhh! You must! I really can’t explain why I love Jane Eyre so much. It isn’t a happy book per se, It has more of a gothic novel feel. I think it is because I admired Jane so much in the novel. She is strong, independent, smart, and kind. She doesn’t have good looks or wealth to fall back on, she has to get by on hard work and intelligence. To me, it is a feminist book for many reasons, some I cannot state without spoiling it. It also really holds a special place in my heart probably because I read it at an impressionable age. I was 15 years old the first time I read it.

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