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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/22 – 7/30/19


Happy TUESDAY bookworms!

I know I typically do my weekly wrap-up posts on Sundays, but I was busy hosting my brother-in-law’s family for a 5 day stay at my house.  Not only was I hosting house guests, but this past week has been a whirl wind of non-stop chaos.

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.



Most anticipated books published this past week:

» Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia



Genre: Fantasy

Release date: July 23, 2019

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.
Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.
In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey, from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

Mexican folklore inspired fairy tale?!?!?!  Adventure across Mexico?  Mayan underworld?  No idea what this book will turn out to be, but I’m excited to find out!  I am currently #1 on the hold list at my library.

Bookish news:

» American soccer player Megan Rapinoe signed a book deal with Penguin to write an adult and a middle grade book centering around social justice.

Interesting bookish articles:

» 11 Smart Books to Help Get Your Kids Ready for Preschool or Kindergarten

» Sweet Tooth: The Perfect Cupcake to Pair with Your Next Romance Read

» 10 Binge-Worthy Middle Grade Series

» How To Make a Playlist for Your Book Club Meeting

» Brilliant Book Covers: The Best Covers of July 2019

» Real Readers Weigh In On July Releases


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» Normal People by Sally Rooney



I honestly have no idea what to rate this book… I’m very conflicted.  While I could not stop reading this book, it wasn’t exactly an enjoyable reading experience.  I did find the story a very interesting look at themes like mental illness, toxic relationships, abuse, etc.  I am actually surprised this book is rated as highly as it is on Goodreads because it seems like it would be a very polarizing type of book.

» The Nickle Boys by Colson Whitehead



5-Star Rating System

The Nickel Boys is a fictionalized account of the abuse and misconduct of the Dozier Reform School in Florida.  I appreciate when authors bring lesser known history to light, especially horrific history such as this.  It is important for these types of stories to not be brushed under the rug or forgotten.  I was a bit underwhelmed with this story to be honest.  I was set to give it 3 stars, but that plot twist caught me completely off guard!

Currently Reading:

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



Status: 35%

This book is freaking awesome but holy hell is it long!  I’m 300 pages in out of 807 pages.

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

Status: 80%

I only have about 2 hours left of this audiobook and am going to try my hardest to finish it by tomorrow so it counts for July.

What Am I Reading Next?:

» How to Stop Time by Matt Haig



Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.
How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages–and for the ages–about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.



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:)


3 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/22 – 7/30/19”

  1. I’ve got the Whitehead and the Rooney on hold at the library and plan to read both.
    Currently I’m reading a mystery by Sharon Bolton called Lost and I’m a little worried it’s gonna be too gruesome for me. We’ll see.


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