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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/24 – 6/30/19

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Happy Sunday bookworms!

Summer has officially hit here in Ohio!  After 3 days topping out over 90°F, I am ready for a little break in the heat.  I am a total baby when it comes to hot weather…  I do not know how you all in the South handle it.

Let’s see what I’ve been reading…

*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.

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Monday 6/24

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Most Anticipated Books of 2019 (July – December)

Thursday 6/27

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My Iron Tome-A-Thon TBR #IronTomeAThon

Saturday 6/29

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Mini Book Reviews: June 2019 (Part 1)

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WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

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*3.5 Stars*

I picked up The Night Tiger after discovering that it was set in Malaya in the 1930.  I love historical fiction, especially one with a touch of magic realism.   I think the author nailed the setting here, which was the best part of the book for me.  It really felt authentic and I also liked that the author really showcased what it was like for a woman in Malaya in the 30s.  I also enjoyed the magic realism elements and the Malayan folklore & superstitions.  On the flip side, the length of the book was far too long and the pacing was too slow, particularly in the middle, so it took me a long time to trudge through this story.  I also did not care for the romance… to be honest, it was off-putting.  In my opinion, the book would have been much stronger without it.

» A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

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A Spark of Light was classic Jodi Picoult.   I respect that Jodi tackled such a hot button issue like abortion, despite the fact that it must have had an impact on her career.   Is there a topic she won’t address?  Unfortunately when you are dealing with the abortion debate, most people are firmly pro-life or pro-choice.  There isn’t much of a gray area.  I think Picoult did a wonderful job of showing the perspective of women that choose to have an abortion and that it isn’t typically an easy decision for most.  Picoult addresses many issues in the abortion debate that are very relevant right now.

I had a hunch about one of the twists, but the other took me completely by surprise.

» The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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This book will definitely be one of my top reads of 2019!  What bookworm doesn’t love a story about books, bookstores, and the people that love books?  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was heartwarming, funny, and emotional.  I’d recommend this book to fans of quirky characters & fans of books like A Man Called Ove.

This made for an excellent book club discussion with the moral dilemmas in the story.


Currently Reading:

» Born Reading by Jason Boog

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Status:  50%

» Beezus and Ramona (Ramona #1) by Beverly Cleary

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*Listening with my 5-year-old*

Status: 50%

» The Twelve by Cindy Lin

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Status: 10%

» Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman

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Status: 12%


What Am I Reading Next?:

» Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence

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I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

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AroundTheBookishBlogosphere

» CW @The Quiet Pond shares some book review prompts ⇒ Book Blogger Resources: Stuck on How to Review That Book? Here are 63 Prompts to Help You Write That Book Review!

» Yvo @It’s All About Books shares some PRIDE book recs ⇒ Pride Month Recommendations


InterestingBookishArticles.jpeg» 10 Out-of-This-World Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reads for Summer 2019

*Super excited for The Dragon Republic and Gods of Jade and Shadow!

» Historical fiction for your staycation

» Why Reading Childhood Favorites to Your Kids Is Honestly the Best

» Quiz: What Kind of Romance Reader Are You?

*Apparently, I’m a contemporary romance reader

» 10 Great Sci-fi and Fantasy Books for Tweens to Dive Into This Summer

» How to Book Club on a Budget

» 9 Patriotic Books to Celebrate Independence Day

» Real Readers Weigh In On June Releases

» The Best Children’s and YA Books of June 2019

» Read with Pride: YA LGBTQIA+ Reading Recs

*Highly recommend Symptoms of Being Human

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LetsChat

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:)

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5 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 6/24 – 6/30/19”

  1. I’m sure curious to see what your thoughts on Challenger Deep are! That’s a book I’ve been wanting to read for such a long time now. June was a very slow month for me, i haven’t cast an eye to my wrap up yet but I think it might be the slowest reading month of the year so far. Eeek – hopefully I’ll find a better balance between reading and work soon *crosses fingers*

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  2. I’m so spoiled, Amanda. My apartment has central air, as does my place of employment, and my car has A/C. The only time I’m in the heat is walking to or from my car, or by choice — which I don’t choose. I didn’t get A/C until I was about 28, so I’m just going to relish this feeling.

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