Summer has finally decided to make an appearance here in Ohio, so I’ve been busy with end of school year activities, yard work, “spring” cleaning, holiday weekend parties, prepping for our upcoming vacation, and spending some time pool side with my kiddos. All and all, it has been a busy end to May & beginning of June.
Let’s talk about what I’ve been reading & blogging 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 blogisphere, and any interesting bookish articles I came across.
Recently Finished Reading:
» Five Roses by Alice Zorn
This was actually a surprising little book. While I do not think this is going to be everyone’s cup of tea, I did enjoy it.
» Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
What a lovely little YA contemporary that addresses themes like mental healthy, identity, family relationships, and friendship. I also really enjoyed the setting of the book, Iran, and leaning more about Persian culture.
» Matilda by Roald Dahl
*Family read together*
This was my first time reading Matilda, and I was so glad I got to experience it with my kids. I was familiar with the story since I’ve seen the wonderful film adaptation that came out in the 90s, so there was definitely some nostalgia feels. We listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by Kate Winslet, and we highly recommend it!
» Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan
I thought this was a wonderful conclusion to the Crazy Rich Asians series. I really enjoyed how everything panned out in the end, and felt satisfied when I finished. I was appreciated that Kwan was not predictable, and kept me on my toes.
» The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
After reading Sarah Mackenzie’s The Read-Aloud Family, I wanted to read this book as it was the inspiration behind Mackenzie’s podcast & book. Whereas The Read-Aloud Family was more about the logistics of reading together with your children & personal anecdotes about reading, The Read-Aloud Family is more about the the reasoning and the research/evidence behind why you should be reading aloud with your children. Both books are definitely highly recommended.
» A Gown of Thorns by Natalie Meg Evans
What Am I Reading Next?:
» A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.
After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.
But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.
Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.
Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.
*Yes to all of this!!! Great read for parents that want to encourage their kids to read more.
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