August through October are the busiest months for my family, but I am determined to keep my blogging momentum going and not disappear again. This past weekend was packed full with a football tournament, two birthday parties, and a pool party. I need a weekend to relax from my weekend!
Let’s see what I got accomplished this past week on the bookish front…
*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.
» Deborah @The Reading Chick featured my blog on her Blogger to Blogger series! It was such an honor to be asked. You can read the interview here → Blogger to Blogger Series: An Interview with Amanda @Cover2Covermom
Recently Finished Reading:
» Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Feelings in a few thoughts:
- Trigger/Content warning: kidnapping & child abuse (neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, etc)
- I went into this book blind. I didn’t even read the synopsis before starting. Why? It won the Goodreads Choice Award in 2017 for historical fiction, so I knew it was going to be a good book.
- Sometimes history is more appalling than fiction. Before We Were Yours is about the Tennessee Children’s Home Society scandal of the 1920s through 1950. If you are unfamiliar with this particular event in history, don’t worry I was too, you can read more about it here → This woman stole children from the poor to give to the rich
- I was absolutely horrified while reading Before We Were Yours. This book is absolutely heartbreaking. How did something like this happen in real life? Let alone over the course of 3 decades? Georgia Tann was the definition of pure evil.
- This isn’t one of those books you enjoy reading exactly because of the sensitive content, but it is one sheds light on historical events that were “swept under the rug” so to speak. You need to be prepared for an emotional read.
- This book is told in dual perspectives in different time periods: past & present. This is always a risky tactic since people will typically gravitate to one perspective over the other. I personally was more invested in the plotline happening in the past, and felt the book would have worked better without the storyline happening in the present.
- I would recommend this book to fans of Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train and vice versa.
» The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
» The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen
So far this one has been “meh” for me. I’ve contemplated DNFing it, but worry that it picks up… Anyone have any insight into this one?
What Am I Reading Next?:
» Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith
Twenty years ago Lucie Bowen left Marrow Island; along with her mother, she fled the aftermath of an earthquake that compromised the local refinery, killing her father and ravaging the island’s environment. Now, Lucie’s childhood friend Kate is living within a mysterious group called Marrow Colony—a community that claims to be “ministering to the Earth.” There have been remarkable changes to the land at the colony’s homestead. Lucie’s experience as a journalist tells her there’s more to the Colony—and their charismatic leader– than they want her to know, and that the astonishing success of their environmental remediation has come at great cost to the Colonists themselves. As she uncovers their secrets and methods, will Lucie endanger more than their mission? What price will she pay for the truth?
In the company of Station Eleven and California, Marrow Island uses two tense natural disasters to ask tough questions about our choices—large and small. A second novel from a bookseller whose sleeper-hit debut was praised by Karen Russell as “haunted, joyful, beautiful….” it promises to capture and captivate new readers even as it thrills her many existing fans.
*My favorites are the ones by Jacqueline Woodson & George R. R. Martin
What are you currently reading?
What will you read next?
Have a wonderful week & happy reading