Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/1 – 4/7/19


Happy Sunday bookworms!

Did everyone have a good week & weekend?  This weekend happened to be my birthday.  As I grow older, the less and less I feel like celebrating the fact that I’m getting old 🙂  I chose to celebrate my birthday by getting on Book Outlet and going on a little shopping spree.  Happy birthday to me indeed!

Let’s see what I’ve been reading & blogging this week…

*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 blogisphere, and any interesting bookish articles I came across.



Monday 4/1


March 2019 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up + Book Haul

Wednesday 4/3


April 2019 TBR

Thursday 4/4


Book Review: Daughters of the Silk Road by Debbie Rix

Friday 4/5


Books I Read for #MiddleGradeMarch 2019 + Mini Book Reviews

Saturday 4/6


Books I Read for #WomensHistoryMonth 2019 + Mini Book Reviews


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James



5-Star Rating System

This book.  I can’t tell if I read something brilliant that just went over my head, or if this book is an acquired taste… It took at least 100 pages for me to wrap my head around the world.  It took 200 pages for me to really be invested in the story.  By the 500 page mark I was wondering why the last 200 pages were not the next book… This book is definitely not going to be for everyone.

» The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson



5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*

A standalone fantasy novel!  This fusion of historical fiction & fantasy hit the right notes for me.  While the plot was a slow burn, there was plenty of adventure to keep me satisfied.

Currently Reading:

» Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson



Status: 60%

» Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan



Status: Just starting

What Am I Reading Next?:

» The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin



An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife.
Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm.
Mary Pickford becomes known as the “Queen of the Movies”—the first actor to have her name on a movie marquee, and the first to become a truly international celebrity. Mary and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, were America’s first Royal Couple, living in a home more famous that Buckingham Palace. Mary won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Talkie and was the first to put her hand and footprints in Grauman’s theater sidewalk. Her annual salary in 1919 was $625,000—at a time when women’s salaries peaked at $10 a week. Frances Marion is widely considered one of the most important female screenwriters of the 20th century, and was the first writer to win multiple Academy Awards. The close personal friendship between the two stars was closely linked to their professional collaboration and success.
This is a novel about power: the power of women during the exhilarating early years of Hollywood, and the power of forgiveness. It’s also about the imbalance of power, then and now, and the sacrifices and compromises women must make in order to succeed. And at its heart, it’s a novel about the power of female friendship.



» Fadwa @Word Wonders talks about blogging pressures ⇒ (SOME) BOOK BLOGGING PRESSURES & HOW TO FIGHT THEM

» Marie @Drizzle & Hurricane Books talks about interaction within the book blogging community ⇒ HOW DO YOU LIKE TO INTERACT WITH THE BOOK BLOGGING COMMUNITY?

» Aimal @Bookshelves & Paperbacks discusses the lack of globilization in YA SFF ⇒ GLOBALIZE YA SCIENCE FICTION & URBAN FANTASY: A DISCUSSION

» Evelina @Avalinah’s Books interviews a bookworm with dyslexia ⇒ The Life Of A Bookworm With Dyslexia – An Interview


» Novel Nibbles: Delectable Cookies Inspired By Our Favorite Books

*These are so cool!

» Spoken Word: 10 Poetry Audiobooks

» Paperback Protectors: Book Sleeve Gift Guide

*I need one of these in my life!

» How to Host a Silent Reading Party for Your Book Club

*I would totally host a silent reading party!  Party at my place!

» 20 Bestsellers Published in the 1990s

» Books That Help Tweens Empathize With and Understand Autistic Individuals



Have you read any of the books included on this post?  If so, what did you think?

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

9 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/1 – 4/7/19”

  1. I’m always so impressed by how much you get done each week! I’m thinking of getting myself back into TTT to try and hold myself accountable to *some* sort of routine. I think now that I’ve settled into my new house this might just be doable!! At least I’m finally reading more than I had been earlier in the year.

    I love book sleeves so much! They were EVERYWHERE on Instagram at the end of last year, I swear. I ended up buying myself one from a shop that I loved ALLL of the designs of (and I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to convince myself since that I need a second. I really don’t). Mine has kitties all over it; I also bought one as an xmas prezzie for a friend and that had a Disney quote. They’re just such a good idea!! No more stress of my water bottle leaking in my bag!

    Those cookies were inspiring. I would never have the patience to make them XD

    I finished two books last week, which is pretty good going for me (although one I started weeeeeeeks ago). One was non-fiction history called Women to the Front and it was so inspiring. The other was the sequel to The Belles: The Everlasting Rose. Have you started that series yet?!!? It’s so good *starry eyes*


  2. Ahhh happy birthday Amanda!! Sending you all the love and happiness for this new year ❤
    I'm curious to hear what you think of Crazy Rich Asians – I've read this one and… well I found it really entertaining, but it also lost me every now and then with all the POV haha. I hope you will enjoy it!
    Happy reading and have a wonderful week ❤


  3. Oh man. After the major hype has swept away, I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about Black Leopard Red Wolf. I need to read it but will most likely wait until later in the year.


  4. Happy (belated) birthday!! I must know— what books did you acquire for your birthday?! And does your birthday last the whole month, or just your birthday? Because. Books. So. Many. Books!!

    I desperately want to read The Bird King! Stand alone historical fantasy written by a female writer and artist?! YES PLEASE. I will probably (definitely) recommend it next time I pick a book for SFF book club. Uh. Unless there is rape. Is there rape? I’m trying to break a streak of rape in our books… 🤦🏻‍♀️ Stupid fantasy and it’s rape.


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