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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/16 – 7/22/18

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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.

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Tuesday 7/17

Ohioana2018Ohioana Book Festival 2018 + Book Haul

Wednesday 7/18

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Book Review: The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith

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» 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.

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

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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

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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.

Currently Reading:

» Hunger: A Memior of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

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Status: 85%

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

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Status: Just starting


What Am I Reading Next?:

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


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» You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Shelf: Shark Week Reads

» Quiz: Which New Novel Should You Pick Up This Summer?

* I got My Year of Rest and Relaxation by OttessaMoshfegh

» Which Great American Read Are You?

* I got Looking for Alaska by John Green

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

» How to Help Your Kids Tackle Their Required Summer Reading

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What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

7 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/16 – 7/22/18”

  1. You had a super productive week, Amanda! Well done. Many much reading and events and blog posts. Keep up the great work! But, like we discussed on my own goal-setting post, don’t feel like you need to maintain this momentum if it isn’t sustainable. Keep your original goals in mind. ❤

    Is Smoke in the Sun out already?! How did I miss that?! Or is this NetGalley?

    I took those quizzes. I also got My Year of Rest and Relaxation, but I am Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when it comes to the Great American Read. Which feels way more my style. 😉

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    1. Smoke in the Sun is out! It came out in June I believe. I am a little over half way through. I was a little nervous at first, but things are picking up and questions I’ve had since the first book are starting to be answered. Fingers crossed it ends well!

      Oooo I’ve never read Hitchhiker’s Guide! I have a beautiful edition sitting on my shelf, but I’ve never read it!

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      1. I have to be in the right mood to enjoy Douglas Adams’ sense of humor. But if I time it well, I’m laughing until I cry. Seriously. It’s a brilliant witty science fiction novel with a heavy hand of dry British humor. Be prepared. 😉

        ! I am super excited to read Smoke in the Sun. The first book is one of the few series books I requested knowing the rest of the series isn’t out yet. I love Asian historical fiction. Asian historical fantasy? Even better. 😉

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