Happy Sunday bookworms!
Can you believe it?! I’ve posted on the blog & been active in the blogging community for 2 weeks in a row! I must say, it is good to start getting back into my blogging routine.
I had a great week! I finished a few wonderful books AND attended an awesome author event…
*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.
» This week I had the privilege to meet Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind and the rest of The Kingkiller Chronicles. It was such a fun event, and Pat is HILARIOUS. I cannot wait to share my experience in a blog post in the next few weeks.
Recently Finished Reading:
» Dumplin’ (Dumplin’ #1) by Julie Murphy
Feelings in a few thoughts:
- Wonderful YA book that tackles themes like friendship, mother-daughter relationships, body shaming, self-acceptance, first love, etc.
- I feel like Murphy did a wonderful job creating a character whom those of us who have struggled with our weight and/or other body issues can all relate to. I was really able to see my high school self in Willowdean.
- I know many critics of this book cite that Willowdean (Dumplin’) wasn’t exactly a likable character and treated people badly, which is absolutely true. HOWEVER she felt like a very real character. I don’t know if you remember being a teenager, but I was an asshole at times. You know, teen angst and all that. Does this excuse her actions? No. I could just understand the frustrations Willowdean was experiencing and why she had a chip on her shoulder. By the end of the book, Willowdean does show a tremendous amount of growth & development.
- There was a love triangle, however it did not feel like the love triangle trope.
- I was not a fan of the audiobook narrator. She did wonderfully for the female parts, but once we got to characters like Bo and Mitch, it was hard to listen to. If you listened to the audiobook, I’m sure you know what I am talking about.
» The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronical #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Feelings in a few thoughts
- When I saw that the mass market paperback edition I received from the library was 722 pages, I may have freaked out a bit. I am NOT a fan of tomes. It did take me just over a week to read, which is probably normal for me since I typically read about 2 books a week.
- The Name of the Wind is not at all what I was expecting. For some reason, I was anticipating a high fantasy story, but in reality I would consider it more of an epic fantasy. Sure, there are fantasy elements here, but the story felt very grounded in reality.
- I really enjoyed the story, but is so hard to describe it. The book had action, but would I consider it action packed? No. It had “magic,” but was the book full of it? No. The book includes a hero in the making, but did it feel like a hero story? No. Was this book compelling? YES! Why? I don’t know!!!
- I know this is odd to say, but I got Harry Potter vibes from this book. This isn’t to say the plots were similar (there are a few similar elements), but rather I got the same feelings I remember having as a kid reading Harry Potter.
- Kvothe is my new book boyfriend. Definitely one of my new favorite characters. He is clever, smart, stubborn, witty, mischievous, kind, determined, etc.
» Hunger: A Memior of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
» Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renée Ahdieh
Status: Just starting
What Am I Reading Next?:
» Bright We Burn (The Conqueror’s Saga #3) by Kiersten White
* I got My Year of Rest and Relaxation by OttessaMoshfegh
* I got Looking for Alaska by John Green
What are you currently reading?
What will you read next?
Have a wonderful week & happy reading