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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/1 – 11/18/18



Happy Sunday bookworms!

Since I last posted about 2 weeks ago, I traveled to Colorado with my kids to visit my brother before his deployment, spent a weekend in Louisville to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and finally spent last week down for the count with a horrible virus.  I finally seem to be recovering from “the virus from hell 2018,” so I am ready to get back into the swing of things around here.

Can you believe it is Thanksgiving week already?  I am super excited since my kids have the entire week off of school, so I’ll have more time to dedicate to catching up around here.

Let’s see what I’ve been reading this month thus far…

*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.



Saturday 11/3

October2018WUOctober 2018 Reading Wrap-Up + Book Haul

Tuesday 11/6

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» I wrote a guest post for my good friend Jackie @Death by Tsundoku which went up this week.  I was beyond honored to be asked to make an appearance on Jackie’s blog, and hope I didn’t botch my very first guest post.  In my guest post I share tips & tricks for hosting a book club meeting.  You can read it here → Building Better Book Clubs: Tips for Hosting a Book Club Meeting


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier




5-Star Rating System
Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • This book is definitely going on my favorite middle grade Halloween books list!
  • The Night Gardener is a very complex middle grade book.  I think it can appeal to a wide audience from middle grade all the way up to adult readers.
  • Someone put this book in Tim Burton‘s hands so he can do a film adaptation!

» Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

NextYearinHavanaadd-to-goodreads-button5-Star Rating System*4.5 Stars*

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • I really enjoyed learning more about Cuba & its political turmoil throughout history.  I am really embarrassed to admit that my knowledge of Cuba before this book was minimal.
  • After reading this, I have more of an appreciation of all the freedoms I enjoy by living in the United States.
  • I’m not typically big on books where the romance is central to the plot. While there is a lot of romance in Next Year in Havana, it was balanced well with the rest of the plot.
  • The big plot twist was predictable, but didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book.

» The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan



5-Star Rating System
*3.5 stars*

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • Trigger/Content warning: suicide & depression
  • I read this book in print form, but I bet it would translate well to audiobook.
  • This is a heartbreaking read, it is one of those books where you need to be in the right mindset/mood for.
  • I definitely think this is a wonderful YA book that tackles a very heavy topic.   The magic realism elements & beautiful prose offset the overall heaviness of the book.
  • For some reason I did not connect fully with this one.  I do not think this was the book’s fault though, it was me.

» Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan



5-Star Rating System

Feelings in a few thoughts:

  • This book was a mixed bag for me.  I really enjoyed some aspects, but others… not so much.
  • I hate to say it, but the audiobook is NOT well narrated.  The narrator was far too monotoned throughout the book.  I can’t say if this impacted my rating or not, but I’m sure it played a factor.
  • I really enjoyed learning more about Joy Daidman, wife of C.S. Lewis, especially since she is a bit of a controversial figure.
  • I’m not a huge fan of books that are overly religious… they tend to start feeling “preachy.”  I’d say this book was borderline overly religious, but not too hateful.
  • I felt that the book was dragging in many areas.  Not sure if this because of the audiobook narration or not…
  • I also had issues with Joy’s character.  I can’t really go into much detail because of spoilers, but I felt like she was a stage 5 clinger for the majority of the book.

Currently Reading:

» The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle


Status: 30%

» Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia #2 – Publication Order) by C.S. Lewis



Status: 10%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton



Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…


Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…
The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

This WAS the book I was planning on reading next, however I decided last minute that I may participate in a readathon this week, so it may get pushed back a week.



» Jackie @Death by Tsundoku hosts *yours truly* in a guest post where I share tips & tricks for hosting a book club meeting → Building Better Book Clubs: Tips for Hosting a Book Club Meeting.  Jackie is also hosting the #ThanksgivingReadathon2018 is anyone is interested in participating → #ThanksgivingReadathon2018 Announcement



What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

7 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 11/1 – 11/18/18”

  1. Pft, you definitely rocked your first guest post! Is this your first guest post ever?! That’s super exciting. I love it. 🙂 You are always welcome to share your thoughts and feelings on Death by Tsundoku.

    Thank you so much for all the boosting of the #ThanksgivingReadathon! We had a blast. While I haven’t been able to keep up with blog hopping [you can relate, no? 😉 ], it was fun connecting on social media, however.

    I cannot wait to hear what you think about The 7 1/2 Deaths. I’m considering recommended it for a 2019 book club list. Fingers crossed it’s amazing!

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    1. Aw thanks Jackie!

      Absolutely! I had so much fun participating. I think the no-pressure method is what really made it a great experience.

      I finished 7 1/2 Deaths today since I was home all day with my sick daughter. Remember when I said she HAD the stomach bug? Right after I texted that to you, she woke up puking again. So I didn’t have that Nyquil cocktail I was hoping to have, nor the good night sleep lol Anyways! 7 1/2 Deaths is probably one of the most complex books I’ve read. I’d say if your book club is filled with serious readers, I’d go for it. The book club I selected it for has only half serious reader members. The serious readers loved it, the non-serious readers didn’t finish it. Also, I did all kinds of underlining and sticky noting pages, but it really isn’t one of those books you’ll figure out beforehand. I really enjoyed it and it is a brilliant book, but it really requires a lot of attention & patience. I *think* you’d enjoy it, but it does have some fairly violent parts since it is a murder mystery….

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      1. Wow! Thanks for the detailed thoughts on whether I should suggest The 7 1/2 Deaths for book club! I didn’t realize it was your own book club book when I wrote this (but I should have, as that is sooo clear on your posts). Thank you for sharing all your reflections!

        Hm. When you say, “it really isn’t one of those books you’ll figure out beforehand”, do you mean it’s extremely difficult to solve or it’s literally not possible? I don’t mind difficult to solve. I get frustrated with impossible. Don’t hold secrets from me!

        Well, now I’m even more intrigued. I can skim over the violence. Particularly if it isn’t too graphic. I survived the difficult scenes in Vicious and Vengeful!


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