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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 9/30 – 10/6/19


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We had a busy weekend around the house prepping for the rest of the month… October happens to be one of the busiest months for our family.  My husband & both our kids have birthdays in October, our wedding anniversary is in October, we attend Halloween parties in October, and we have fall sports ending & end of the season banquets in October.  We have something going on every night from now until November 1st.

November, I can’t wait to see you for a much needed break 🙂

*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.


Monday 9/30


September 2019 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

Wednesday 10/2


October 2019 TBR

Divider2BookishBlogHappeningsMost anticipated books published this past week:

» Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo



Genre: Fantasy

Release date: October 1, 2019

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

When I attended Leigh Bardugo’s book tour for The Language of ThornsLeigh was working on this book.   She said she was working on “a dark fantasy about secret sororities at Yale.”   I was very intrigued, and now it is finally here!

Interesting bookish articles:

» Quiz: Pick 6 Starbucks Drinks and We’ll Tell You What to Read Next

» Start a Book Club with a Twist: 21 Unique Book Club Ideas

» Books that Go Bump in the Night: Haunted House Reads for Your Book Club

» How to Hold a Spooky Book Club Meeting

» Spooky (But Not Too Scary!) Books for Middle Grade Readers


WhatImReading.jpegRecently Finished Reading:

» Heroine by Mindy McGinnis



5-Star Rating System

Mindy McGinnis is the queen of hard-hitting YA contemporary.  This book is the best portrayals of drug addiction that I’ve ever read.  It was raw, gritty, and unsettling.  Trigger/content warning for drug use/addiction.

» Where the Light Enters (The Gilded Hour #2) by Sara Donati


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*4.5 Stars*

The second book in a spin off series to one of my favorite historical fiction series, the Into the Wilderness series.  I did not love the second book as much as the first, but I am really enjoying this series overall.  Sara Donati writes amazing characters that feel so real.

» Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink #1) by Mindy McGinnis



5-Star Rating System

*3.5 Stars*

This is a solid YA dystopian fiction.  While I really enjoyed the dystopian setting & the survivalist aspects to this story, the climax felt very rushed.

Currently Reading:

» The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon



Status: 30%

» House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House ofSaltandSorrows


Status: 15%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» West (East #2) by Edith Pattou



From the author of the beloved high fantasy East, a thrilling tale of true love, magic, adventure, and revenge.
When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.


LetsChatHave 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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