Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/9 – 7/15/18

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Happy Sunday bookworms!

How was everyone’s week?  I had a busy week as per usual, BUT I made time this week to start blog hopping again.  It made my heart so happy to start being active in the bookish community again.  I look forward to continue to play catch up with all my book blogger friends.

Let’s get into what I was up to 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.

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Tuesday 7/10

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 » Sisi: Empress on Her Own by Allison Pataki

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I’m very conflicted with my feelings with this one.  I am not sure my rating is fair either.  When I requested this on NetGalley, I didn’t realize that it was actually the SECOND book in the series.  I read this one without reading the first book, so this may have impacted my reading experience.  Take my thoughts/rating with a grain of salt.
  • Before reading this, I knew nothing about Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (Sisi).  I really like how the author took a controversial figure in history and tried to shed some light on her motivations in life.
  • The time hops throughout the book felt a little jarring at times.  The transitions felt a little off.
  • Sisi wasn’t exactly a likeable character, at least for me.  Despite the author’s attempts to show Sisi’s point of view, I still couldn’t help but cringe at Sisi’s selfishness throughout the novel.

» Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I really enjoyed this fictionalized account of the early years of Cleopatra Selene after she is taken in by Emperor Augustus after he defeated her parents, Mark Antony & Cleopatra.
  • This is my second novel about Cleopatra Selene, the first being The Daughter’s of Palatine Hill, I really liked both versions despite the fact that the authors’ portrayed the characters very differently.  Both books are good for different reasons: In Cleopatra’s Daughter, Moran really did a fantastic job with the setting and time period.  In Daughter’s of Palatine Hill, Smith did a great job with the political intrigue and cut-throat drama of the era.
  • The biggest strength of this novel was how well Moran set the scene.  You could really picture what it was like to live in Ancient Rome – at least how the ruling class lived.  When I read historical fiction, I want the author to take me to another time and place, and Moran did just that.
  • I wasn’t a fan of the audiobook narrator in the early parts of the book.  She went too overboard with her “whiney child voice” for portraying the characters as young children.

» The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

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Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • This was a very sweet & charming story.
  • TKoLT felt more like a novella – coming in at just under 300 pages.  Since this was such a short book, Hogan may have been a little too ambitious with everything she included.
  • My biggest complaint would be that Laura’s romance in the novel took too much of a central role.
  • I really liked how the author gave us back stories for the lost things.  It almost felt like we were getting short stories throughout the novel.
  • I wanted more about the Keeper of Lost Things.  I also felt like the reuniting of the lost things was anti-climatic.  I was expecting the lost things to have made a bigger impact in the novel.
  • I could see how the format of the novel could be confusing, especially if you were listening to this audiobook format.  I would recommend reading this book instead of listening to it.
  • Overall I did enjoy this book, but the story had potential to be so much more.

Currently Reading:

» The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronical #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

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Status: 20%

» Dumplin’ (Dumplin’ #1) by Julie Murphy

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Status: 90%


What Am I Reading Next?:

TWO of my most anticipated YA sequels of 2018 have come in for me at my local library!  Since I only have them for 2 weeks, they jump to the top of my TBR.

» Bright We Burn (The Conqueror’s Saga #3) by Kiersten White

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» Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renée Ahdieh

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AroundTheBookishBlogosphere

» Jackie @Death by Tsundoku  gives tips for leading a book club discussion ⇒ Building Better Book Clubs: How to Lead a Book Discussion

» Fadwa @Word Wonders shares a guest post (by Jill @A Book Nerd Reads) about asexual representation ⇒ #DIVERSEBOOKBLOGGERSDISCUSS: WHY ASEXUAL REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT& shares a list of books with South Asian main characters ⇒ WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : BOOKS WITH SOUTH ASIAN MAIN CHARACTERS

» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about the positives of being a book blogger ⇒ 4 THINGS BOOK BLOGGING BROUGHT ME AND I AM ETERNALLY THANKFUL FOR & talks about new release obsession ⇒ Are we too into new releases?

» @The Orangutan Librarian talks about why writers need to read ⇒ WHY WRITERS *NEED* TO BE READERS

» Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch shares a list of Asian-inspired fantasy novels released & releasing in 2018 & beyond ⇒ Books on the Rice: Asian-inspired fantasy novels to drool over


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» Quiz: What’s Your Reading Personality?

* I got The Lionizer!  What is your reading personality?

» July Book Club Picks

» Read, White, and Blue: Books About America

» The Must-Read Books of Summer 2018

» Summer 2018: Best Children’s and Middle Grade Books

*I’m super excited to read Victoria Schwab’s first middle grade novel – City of Ghosts – and Jacqueline Woodson’s new MG novel – Harbor Me.

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What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

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20 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/9 – 7/15/18”

    1. Dumplin’ was super cute! There was a focus on romance, BUT there was enough depth to it that I really enjoyed it. As someone who has struggled with their weight for my entire life, much of the book was really relatable for me.

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  1. It felt like a novella at THREE HUNDRED pages?? Oh, my–Amanda! Novellas are often around 150 pages or less 😀 You must be used to reading some big chunker novels! I read two of the posts you liked: asexual representation and being too into new releases. Something I wrote about new releases is that when all the book bloggers are writing about the same book, it feels like I lose track of why I follow so many blogs. What makes each one unique? I think reading new releases is great, but when that is a blogger’s whole focus, I tend to stop following them. For example, Jackie B. tends to read new releases, but then she also has hew Newbery Challenge.

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    1. Well I am reading a 725 page book right now lol

      And that is a good point. With so many bloggers talking about the same books, it is hard to set them all apart.

      I think Jackie is a fabulously well rounded blogger. While she does read new releases, she reads a wide variety of genres & older books as well.

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  2. I just finished James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (amazing!) Up next is the second in the Ruth Galloway mystery series by Elly Griffiths, The Janus Stone. It will be #13 of my 20 Books of Summer challenge. I’m starting to want to wander away from my list, though and read some things that aren’t on it!

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  3. I’m happy to see one of my all time favorites The Name Of The Wind on here! And I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of both Bright We Burn and Smoke In The Sun. ❤

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      1. That’s so awesome you are getting to meet him! I really do have to do a reread of the first book soon, just so I can finally read the sequel… Enjoy the event. xx

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  4. Oh I hope you’re enjoying Dumplin’ ? I have heard great things about this book 😀
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my posts, Amanda, this means a lot! ❤ I hope you'll have a fantastic week! ❤

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    1. Dumplin’ was a really good book! There was a big focus on the romance, BUT there was enough depth to it to keep me interested. I have a feeling you’d enjoy it too. For someone who has struggled with their weight my entire life, it was very relatable. For those who haven’t had those struggles, I think it would be eye opening.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Amanda! I love the Building Better Book Clubs series; seeing other people share it brings me joy knowing I’m not alone. 😉

    Wow! You had an amazing week, as always. Such wonderful books! Both of your “reading next” books are SUPER high on my TBR. That said, Bright We Burn is at my library in hardcover but not the audiobooks I’ve come to love. I must get it! Darn you, library.

    I just finished reading Kira, Kira for my Newbery Quest, as well as Sweet Bean Paste because EVERYONE recommended it to me. Next up is Dragon Wing for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club and The Five Children and It for Kids Lit Book Club. So many book clubs, so little time!

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      1. I’m assuming you ended up responding? I never received anything. I just cant figure it out if it is a problem on my end or yours… I tried to send you a message on twitter and filled out a contact form via your blog. I can’t figure out if you are receiving them or not. Will you try sending it again? OR maybe sending it via twitter message? I’m super bummed we are having technical issues.

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