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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/8 – 4/21/19


Happy Sunday bookworms!  To those that celebrate, happy Easter!

We’ve been spending the long weekend at Lake Erie with my family.  Unfortunately it has been cold and rainy all weekend, but such is Spring here in Ohio.

*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 4/8


Author Event: Laurie Halse Anderson’s Book Tour for Shout

Wednesday 4/10


Mini Book Reviews: March 2019 (Part 2)


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

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



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This YA story had dual mysteries, one occurring in the present time and the other occurring in the past.  After that cliffhanger ending, I’m itching to read the second book in this series.

» Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan



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*4.5 Stars*

When this book was chosen for one of my book clubs, I was NOT expecting to enjoy it.  I am not one for fluffy contemporary reads, but this one hit the spot!  It was well written, funny, and surprisingly entertaining.  I loved it so much I’ve already got the second book from the library.

» The Read-Aloud Family:  Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections With Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie



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*4.5 Stars*

This book was an absolute delight! It inspired me to start reading aloud with my own family.

» Frog and Toad (Frog and Toad #1 – 4) by Arnold Lobel


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I listened to this book along with my family to dip our toes into reading together as a family.  This collection of short stories was very sweet.  We loved the dry humor.

» The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin



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*4.5 Stars*

This was a fascinating look at the start of the film industry and the women that helped pioneer the industry and helped pave the way for those that followed.  If you enjoy historical fiction with feminist tones, I recommend this one!

Currently Reading:

» Akata Warrior (Akata Witch #2) by Nnedi Okorafor



Status: 35%

» Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh #1) by A.A. Milne


Status: 27%

» Aru Shah and the End of Time by Rochani Chokshi



Status: 60%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan



Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiance willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.

» Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser



When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.
By Monday morning, one of them is gone.
Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.
As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.



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» 5 of the Coolest Children’s Libraries in the U.S.

» Spring 2019 Mysteries & Thrillers: Canoe Trips, Oxygen Treatments, and a Hit-and-Run

» Highly Engaging Audiobooks Sure to Hook Reluctant Readers

» The Dos and Don’ts of Having an Outdoor Book Club Meeting

» Seeing with Rainbow-Colored Eyes: The Importance of Teaching Kids Poetry

» 10 Ways to Support Your Library

» April Book Club Picks: Sisterhood, Survival, and Strength

» Quiz: Which Book Should You Pick Up This April?

*I got The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes

» Well Versed: Poetry Recommendations for Your Book Club

» The Perfect Type of Book Club for Your Zodiac Sign



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

What are you currently reading?

What will you read next?

Have a wonderful week & happy reading:)

5 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/8 – 4/21/19”

  1. Wow! You read a TON this week. I also just finished Truly Devious and I greatly enjoyed it. I read it for book club, which is the only reason I started an incomplete series. Ugh! The cliff-hanger! I figured out who David was fairly early, however…

    You shared so many wonderful book club-themed articles! I learned a ton, and will probably write my reflections on some of them later this year… And, as a Taurus, I completely agree with the Zodiac recommendations! I only want to read amazing books. I have a low risk tolerance for books. 🤣

    I am currently reading Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey for #ReadingValdemar. On deck is Sadie by Courtney Summers. So many wonderful books, so little time!


  2. Ive heard great things about Truly Devious, I’m even more curious to pick it up now, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
    I had a great time with Crazy Rich Asians,it was such an entertaining, drama-filled read. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the second book 😀


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