Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/1 – 12/22/19


Happy Sunday bookworms!

To those that celebrate, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa this coming week!

*Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up is a weekly post where I feature what books I’ve been reading, which books are on my upcoming TBR, what posts were published on the blog for the past week, any bookish news I came across, and noteworthy posts from around the bookish community.


Bookish Happenings (1)

We celebrate Christmas in my family.  I had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year, but now that I am off work for a few days and as out-of-town family starts arriving, it is starting to feel more like Christmas.  I am looking forward to spending the upcoming days with family & celebrating Christmas.

During my time off over the next two weeks, I hope to play some catch up on the blog.  I have lots of posts to complete and a backlog of 30+ mini book reviews.  I also want to blog hop and catch up with all the book bloggers I follow.  I’m excited to have the time to blog again 🙂


What I'm Reading (1)

Recently Finished Reading:

» Emily of New Moon (Emily #1), Emily Climbs (Emily #2), &

Emily’s Quest (Emily #3) by L.M. Montgomery


5-Star Rating System

After reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time back in 2017, I knew I wanted to read more of L.M. Montgomery’s work.  If you enjoyed AoGG, you will also adore this series.  Unlike the Anne series, each of the Emily books was a 5 star read.

» Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff



5-Star Rating System

*3.75 Stars*

Because of the format, this book read like a screenplay in my mind.  It would definitely translate well to screen.  If you are hesitant to try sci-fi, I think this book is a great introductory book to dip your toes into the sci-fi genre.  I also think this would be a great book for reluctant teen readers.  There were things I really enjoyed about this book (unique format, humorous dialogue, fast paced plot, etc) and a few things I did not care for.  Overall a enjoyable read.  I probably would have given it 3 stars if it wasn’t for the plot twist that caught me off guard.

» The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


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I LOVED the concept for this story.  Morgenstern has a way of building such unique and enchanting worlds that I lose myself in.  While I think Morgenstern’s writing is absolutely stunning, the pacing of this book was slightly off.

» Educated by Tara Westover


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This memoir was absolutely heartbreaking & horrifying.  Educated makes for a perfect book club selection.

» The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black



5-Star Rating System

*3.75 Stars*

I enjoyed The Queen of Nothing much better than the second installment.  This would have been a solid 4 – 4.5 star read, but the climax of the story felt very rushed.

» I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching #4) by Terry Pratchett


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I think Tiffany Aching is one of my favorite fictional characters ever.  After I finish this series, I am looking forward to reading more in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

» The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes



5-Star Rating System

This was a lovely historical fiction set in 1930s Kentucky.  I would have liked more of the story to center around the library & packhorse librarians and less on the various romances, but still a very enjoyable story.

Currently Reading:

» All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney



Status: 62%

» How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul & Maria Russo



Status: Just starting

What Am I Reading Next?:

» Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg



An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society.
We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done?
In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed. These are places where people gather and linger, making friends across group lines and strengthening the entire community. Klinenberg calls this the “social infrastructure” When it is strong, neighborhoods flourish; when it is neglected, as it has been in recent years, families and individuals must fend for themselves.
Klinenberg takes us around the globe–from a floating school in Bangladesh to an arts incubator in Chicago, from a soccer pitch in Queens to an evangelical church in Houston–to show how social infrastructure is helping to solve some of our most pressing challenges: isolation, crime, education, addiction, political polarization, and even climate change.
Richly reported, elegantly written, and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People urges us to acknowledge the crucial role these spaces play in civic life. Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides–and safeguarding democracy. 

» The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White



From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.
There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?



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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:)

What I'm Reading

5 thoughts on “Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/1 – 12/22/19”

  1. I love the Emily trilogy! You are making me want to do a reread! Though I admit Pat is still my favorite Montgomery heroine. Oh, and those covers! So dreamlike! Which is very appropriate for Emily, I think.


  2. I absolutely love those Emily covers! I have been very much enjoying me L.M. Montgomery reads and rereads this year. Next year I hope to reread both the Emily and Pat series. Happy new year. Arrrrr!
    x The Captain


  3. I had similar thoughts on Illuminae and I definitely can’t wait to see what I’ll make of The Starless Sea and The Giver Of Stars! I’m hoping to read The Guinevere Deception soon as well as the blurb sounds fantastic. Merry Christmas! xx


  4. It took me a while to get into the Christmas spirit too. I think it’s because of being busy (and a bit stressed). Ditto catching up on blogging these couple days that I’m off.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. 🙂
    Happy holidays!


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