Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/15 – 7/21/19


Happy Sunday bookworms!

We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave here in Ohio this weekend with temps over 90° and a heat index of over 100°.   You know it’s hot when you walk outside an your sunglasses immediately fog up because of the temperature difference.  How’s the weather where you live?

Let’s see what I’ve been reading 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.



Wednesday 7/17


Mini Book Reviews: July 2019 (Part 1)

Thursday 7/18


Book Review: Five Roses by Alice Zorn



***So I’ve had this “bookish/blog happenings” section in my wrap-up posts forever, however I’ve only been using them sporadically to talk about author events I’ve attended or random blog happenings.  I wanted to start sharing more new releases & book news in this section, so that’s what I’m going to do***

Most anticipated books published this past week:

» The Nickle Boys by Colson Whitehead



Genre: Historical Fiction

Release date: July 16, 2019

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training” so the delinquent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men.”
In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear “out back.” Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.
The tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys’ fates will be determined by what they endured at The Nickel Academy.
Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Somehow I was #1 in the library hold line for both the physical copy & audiobook copy at my local library.  This means I have two copies of this book in my possession at the moment…  What a great problem to have!  I decided to take the audiobook route since it is only a 6.5 hour audiobook.

Bookish News:

» Jimmy Kimmel is publishing a children’s picture book that will not only be written by him, but illustrated as well.  The book will be titled The Serious Goose and is expected to be published in December 2019.

Interesting bookish articles:

» Libraries Must Draw the Line on E-books

» Love This, Try That: What to Read and Watch After Wilder Girls

» Backlist Book Club: 6 Fantastic Books from 2001

» Five Things to Discuss at Your July Book Club Meeting

» Fun Ways to Upcycle Old and Worn Picture Books

» 5 Tips for Using Audiobooks at Bedtime


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

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


5-Star Rating System


This book was freaking awesome!  If you enjoy dark, gritty, and intense fantasy, I highly recommend Red Sister.  It gave me The Name of the Wind vibes.

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



5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*


I can totally see where this book would not be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.  I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by a full cast, and I really think this is how this story should be experienced.

» Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse



5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*


I enjoyed this story, but must admit, this was probably a 3.5 to 4 star read until the last 100 pages.  I loved the infusion of  Native American mythology with a post-apocalyptic world.  My only complaint was that this book could have been 100 pages LONGER.

Currently Reading:

» The Nickle Boys by Colson Whitehead



Status: 30%

» A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) by Marie BrennanANaturalHistoryOfDragonsadd-to-goodreads-button


Status: Just starting

» Normal People by Sally Rooney



Status: Just starting

» The Whispers by Greg Howard



Status: 10%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» A Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice #1) by George R.R. Martin



Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.



» CW @The Quiet Pond shares book recs ⇒ Book Recommendations with Varian – YA Science-Fiction/Fantasy With F/F Romances!

» Drew @The Tattooed Book Geek talks about tagging authors in book reviews ⇒ Do you tag authors in your reviews?? 



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:)


9 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/15 – 7/21/19”

  1. What made you decide to jump on the Game of Thrones train? I read a couple of the bookish articles you included and shared them. I know that e-books in libraries make me nervous. I think some e-books only can be checked out X number of times before it would be considered “old/damaged” if it were a paperback book, so the publisher discontinues that particular book with the library unless they buy it again. I mean, please. We don’t read a hardcover book 20 times or whatever and throw it away at libraries.

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    1. I’m participating in a GoT inspired read-a-thon this month and felt compelled to actually read the first book lol I’ve been wanting to give it a try for year, but have been too intimidated.

      Right? I was horrified when I read that article. I had no idea about the strict regulations on e-books.


      1. Digital media is confusing in the eyes of the law because you’ve bought something non-tangible. I believe it was Bruce Willis who tried to write his entire iTunes collection into his will for his children. He’s spent thousands of dollars on music, but according to the company, digital music is non-transferable. But, we could totally leave a record or CD collection to our loved ones in our wills. It’s confusing and makes me distrust digital media. Either it’s mine and I own it or I rent it for a certain amount of time (a certain number of months or views or expires when I die) and we’re all clear about that.


  2. The e-book lending policies never made sense to me. The argument that physical copies need to be replaced periodically is true. But libraries don’t typically replace every book after two years. I think it’s horrifying that publishers are now trying to withhold some ebooks from libraries at all. I understand they have to make money, but it would be nice if they cared just a little bit about equal access.


  3. Oh it has been terribly hot over here in France just as well, sweating the second I get outside haha it’s terrible.
    I hope you’ll have a wonderful week, Amanda! ❤ ❤


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