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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/1 – 7/7/19


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  If you live in the states, I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July celebration 🙂

*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.


Each year, my family and I spend the first week of July up at Lake Erie.  It was a wonderful week full of family, pool time, pickle ball, paddle boarding, fireworks, and ice cream.


And of course I stopped in at a local bookstore while I was there…


How could I say no to a bookstore with this cute little frog outside?  I didn’t purchase any books for myself, but I did buy one for my son… I had to support a local independent book store 😉ThisWeekOnTheBlog.jpeg

Monday 7/1


June 2019 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

Wednesday 7/3


July 2019 TBR


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» Born Reading by Jason Boog



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I really appreciate Jason’s passion for childhood literacy, as it is something near and dear to my own heart.  Jason does a great job of talking about the importance of interactive reading with young children.  I do feel like Jason was a tad heavy with his personal narratives about his daughter… Overall in comparison with some of the other books on childhood literacy, this was not my favorite.

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



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I listened to this via audiobook with my 5-year-old.  I remember reading this series when I was in elementary school, so it was lovely to revisit Ramona & Beezus 🙂  What an accurate portrayal of sibling relationships, especially one with an age gap.

» Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman


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*4.5 Stars*

I think this was such a unique YA contemporary.  The mental illness representation felt so well done, which isn’t surprising since one of Shusterman’s sons struggles with mental illness.

Currently Reading:

» The Twelve by Cindy Lin




Status: 70%

» American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman



Status: 20%

What Am I Reading Next?:

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


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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*I got Wilder Girls

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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:)

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

    1. LOL Pickle ball is a mix between tennis and table tennis… that’s the best way to explain it. It is played on a court (a quarter of a tennis court in size) with paddles and a wiffle ball. It’s a ton of fun 🙂


      1. That does sound fun! The least appealing part of tennis, in my opinion, is all the running around. A smaller court would cut down on the running. I just like hitting things. Probably why I’m a baseball fan, lol.


  1. Ahh that frog, I love it so much haha 😀
    I’ve heard great things about Challenger Deep, I’m really happy to hear you enjoyed it so much and that the mental health rep was good, too. I’ll have to add it to my TBR 🙂
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful week, Amanda ❤

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