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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/15 – 10/28/18


Hello bookworms!

Not going to lie, October has been kicking my ass big time.  It really is no surprise since it is my crazy month every year.  The good news is that as of yesterday, fall sports are finished!  Our winter schedule is much less hectic, so I am looking forward to blogging more & being more active in the community again.

Let’s see what I’ve been reading lately…

*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.



Monday 10/15

MGbooksforHalloween6 Middle Grade Books to Read This Halloween

Tuesday 10/23

TheTeaPlantersWifeCoverBook Review: The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies



» Last Saturday I attended Cincinnati’s big book festival, Books by the Banks.  Hands down, my highlight of this event was getting to meet Jason Reynolds and hearing him speak.  More details to come in a later post.




WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor



5-Star Rating System
Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • This duology (or is it?) was absolutely fabulous!  I really like how Taylor left things a little open ended.  I really hope she writes more books in this world.
  • These books are just so unique & the writing is breathtaking, both make for such a immersive reading experience.
  • If you haven’t read this duology, what are you doing with your life?  These books have earned a spot on my favorites list!

» The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2)by Mackenzi Lee



5-Star Rating System
Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • This book is feminist AF and I’m here for it!
  • I LOVE what Mackenzi Lee is doing for YA historical fiction.  She is really proving that HF is far from boring!  I also love that she is highlighting how challenging the plight of women was in the 1700s (and let’s face it, beyond.)
  • As per usual Lee made me laugh out loud on many occasions.
  • Positive & realistic female friendship for the win!
  • If you were to ask me if I loved it as much as A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I’d have to honestly answer no, BUT that doesn’t mean this book wasn’t fantastic.

» Small Spaces by Katherine Arden




5-Star Rating System
Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I would say the target audience for this one is on the younger side of the middle grade range, around the 3rd – 4th grade range?
  • Perfect book to read during Halloween time!  All the scary elements were all age appropriate.  Small Spaces gave me 90s Goosebumps vibes.
  • While I did enjoy the overall plot/story, I was slightly disappointed with the character development & rushed plot, but I attribute this more to the target audience.  I almost wish Arden would have written this book for the older MG audience.

» The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

TheDarkDescentofElizabethFrankensteinadd-to-goodreads-button5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts

  • I LOVED Kiersten White’s And I Darken series, and I’m here to say she has done it again!  She is quickly becoming a favorite author in my eyes
  • This retelling of the classic Frankenstein is on point.  I really believe that Mary Shelley would be proud.
  • Perfect book to read during the Halloween season, or during the fall/winter months.
  • This book was deeply unsettling.
  • .I highly recommend you going into this one only if you’ve read the original Frankenstein.  You really need to be familiar with the original to appreciate the brilliance of White’s retelling.

Currently Reading:

» The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier



Status: 10%

» Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton


Status: 40%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha



Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.
Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity.
Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.



What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

11 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 10/15 – 10/28/18”

  1. Wait, does that mean the Hocus Pocus book is fan fiction?? I love it!

    Also, why does it look like Jason Reynolds is afraid to touch you in that pic? He’s like, “hugs jk lolol.” Maybe he’s scared of germs. I get that way with hands 😓

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    1. I would say it is going to be more fan fiction-ish. I am not going into it with high expectations, but rather a fun companion novel.

      LOL I think my friend just took the picture before he had fully got his arm around my shoulder. I hope he wasn’t scared to touch me… Maybe I intimidated him 🙂


  2. Yay so glad to see you enjoyed Lady’s Guide! I think it’s going to be the next audiobook I listen to after Stephen Fry’s Mythos. And I’m so jealous you’ve read Elizabeth Frankenstein!! It’s so expensive to buy in Aus right now because it’s an American book (so frustrating!!) – I’m patiently waiting for the price to drop.

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  3. I can’t wait to get a copy of Muse Of Nightmares! I absolutely loved book one, so it’s great to hear the sequel lived up to expectations. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!


  4. YOU MET JASON REYNOLDS!!! I am sooooo jealous. Please tell me you got a billion books and they are all signed by him?! Oh man. I cannot wait to read your Books by the Banks post!

    I am 100% looking forward to your future review of this Hocus Pocus sequel. I expect a full report. I love the film and I have high hopes about reconnecting with the Sanderson sisters. 🙂

    I just finished reading How Not To Die, a non-fiction text about nutrition, and I just started When You Reach Me, my Newbery winner read for the month. I am loving this adorable middle-grade mystery so far!


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