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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/29 – 8/4/19


Hello bookworms.

Today I am very heavy hearted as I post my weekly reading/blogging wrap-up….

*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.


Some of you may know that I live in Ohio, specifically in a suburb near Dayton.  Last night an active shooter killed 9 people and injuring 27 others in a popular historic district in downtown Dayton.  What is even more terrifying is that the shooter lived in my small community, and resided only 1 mile away from us.  He went to school where my kids go to school.  He worked where we frequently eat.  I am a tad shaken up over the fact that we lived so close to such a disturbed individual.  My heart aches for all the families & friends of the victims, as well as the shooter’s parents that lost both their children overnight.  I commend the Dayton police, who responded to this situation in less than 1 minute.  The reality that a person can cause so much devastation in less than a minute is absolutely terrifying.

You can read more about this tragedy here ⇒ Shooter’s sister among 9 dead in Dayton, Ohio; 27 others injured


Wednesday 7/31


Mini Book Reviews: July 2019 (Part 2)

Thursday 8/1


July 2019 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

Friday 8/2


August 2019 TBR: ARC August #Reviewathon



Book News:

» Circe by Madeline Miller is being adapted to an HBO TV series!

» Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, will be releasing a new book in 2020 called On the HorizonOn the Horizon is an illustrated nonfiction book told in verse about the tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.

» Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep has been optioned for film by Disney+.

Interesting Bookish Articles:

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

» Books Like Harry Potter: 15 Series to Read Next


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) by Marie BrennanANaturalHistoryOfDragonsadd-to-goodreads-button5-Star Rating System

*4.5 Stars*

I highly enjoy a good historical fiction & fantasy mash-up!  A Natural History of Dragon is told in a memoir style narrative of a prominent dragon natural scientist in her early years as a young woman that dreams of studying dragons.  There was so much that I loved about this story: the Victorian era setting, the feminist tones, the challenging gender norms, the focus on natural science, and the mystery storyline.

Currently Reading:

» How to Stop Time by Matt Haig



Status: 15%

I’m not very far into this one yet, so not much worth mentioning yet.

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



Status: 40%

I didn’t make a ton of progress in GoT this week.  I am absolutely loving every minute.  While I read this, I am flagging quotes I like, every death (current death count: 8), and the “WTF moments.”  In case anyone was wondering, I’ve flagged 7 passages as “WTF moments.”

» The Book Worm of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson



Status: 25%

I started this book on a whim after seeing that it was set in Kentucky in the 1930s.  Not only is the main character is a infamous “blue person of Kentucky,” but she also works as part of the Pack Horse Library Project.

What Am I Reading Next?:

» Nobody Said Not to Go: The Life, Loves, and Adventures of Emily Hahn by Ken Cuthbertson



Known as “Mickey” to her friends, Emily Hahn traveled across the country dressed as a boy in the 1920s; ran away to the Belgian Congo as a Red Cross worker during the Great Depression; was the concubine of a Chinese poet in Shanghai in the 1930s; had an illegitimate child with the head of the British Secret Service in Hong Kong just before the outbreak of World War II; was involved in underground relief work in occupied Hong Kong; and moved back to the United States and became a pioneer in the fields of wildlife preservation and environmentalism before her death in 1997 at the age of ninety-two.A feminist trailblazer before the word existed, Hahn also wrote hundreds of articles and short stories for The New Yorker from 1925 to 1995, as well as fifty books in many genres. As Roger Angell wrote in her obituary in The New Yorker: “She was, in truth, something rare: a woman deeply, almost domestically, at home in the world. Driven by curiosity and energy, she went there and did that, and then wrote about it without fuss.”

Read the description.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…

I have no idea who this woman is, but she sounds like a total badass feminist trailblazer.



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:)


10 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/29 – 8/4/19”

  1. I’m so sorry you had to live through that so close to home… Every shooting in general is such a tragedy, and I hope they’ll find a way to start preventing them in the future.
    On a brighter note: I really enjoyed The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek and how it was partly based on really events! I hope it will be a good one for you. xx


      1. I can imagine, it is something too horrible to see happen if it’s far away, let alone if it happens right around the corner… I definitely hope it will never happen down here. xx


  2. I’m so sorry that the Dayton shooting happened, and that it hit so close to home for you. It’s truly terrible and unthinkable when something like that happens; I can’t imagine what it must be like for you to have been in such close proximity. Sending love!

    On a lighter note, I’m happy to see you’re enjoying A Game of Thrones! The WTF moments keep coming!


  3. Oh wow! That’s so close for you. I’m glad you and your family are okay. It’s horrible that this shooting happened and so close after the one in Texas too. It’s just so terrible.

    Glad to see you liked A Natural History of Dragons. I need to read that one too. Lol at your experience reading GoT. Glad you’re having fun. It is a good read and I’m considering to reread the books again.


    1. It was a horrific event. We’ve just been through a lot of tragedy here in Dayton this year. We had a bunch of tornadoes hit us hard at the beginning of the summer, then a mass shooting. Dayton is resilient though and we will overcome.

      You’ve read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series? Which books were your favorite?


      1. Oh man. That is a lot to deal with but the resiliency will help everyone to push on through. Hopefully you all will get some peace from such events soon.

        I’ve read almost all the books that are out. I read about half of Dance of Dragons but haven’t read the supplemental books to the series that GRRM wrote.
        So far, the first book is my favorite for all the set up in it but I also like the second book (I think it’s the second) because we get more Tyrion.


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