Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/23 – 12/29/19

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Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  After a lovely holiday week with my family, a nasty stomach bug has hit my house.  ‘Tis the season!  So far it has only hit my son & husband, but I’m sure my daughter and I will not be spared.  Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Let’s see what I’ve been reading & blogging this 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.

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Bookish Happenings (1)

We had a wonderful Christmas this past week.  It was unseasonably warm here in Ohio, with temps in the upper 50s to low 60s.  Even though it didn’t exactly feel like Christmas, we were glad to take advantage of the mild weather by getting outside!

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For Christmas this year, we surprised our children with a Universal Studios (Orlando) trip in January.  I am just as excited (if not more) as the kids to be able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time!  I’ve been waiting a LONG time for this trip.

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What I'm Reading (1)

Recently Finished Reading:

» All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

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5-Star Rating System

This was a beautiful coming-of-age story about a girl that is struggling with her identity and feels the need to hide her true self.  I loved the growth of the main character, Allie, from start to finish.  I also think this book does a beautiful job of laying out what Islam is, and what it isn’t.

» Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren

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*4.5 Stars*

No one is more shocked than I am that I actually really enjoyed this book.  YA contemporary/romance is NOT a genre I reach for often… or ever.  I’ve been trying to read more YA since I am now a Teen Librarian, and this one came in at our branch, so I decided to pick it up.  This was a sweet romance story revolving around a female athlete.  I loved that the author tackled some tough issues of female athletes: double standards, sexism, sexual harassment, etc.


Currently Reading:

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

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Status: Just starting

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

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Status: Just Starting

» The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1) by John Flanagan

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Status: 30%


What Am I Reading Next?:

» Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in American by Ibi Zoboi

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Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.

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OntheBlog

Monday 12/23

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Author Event: Books by the Banks 2019

Tuesday 12/24

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Mini Book Reviews: December 2019 – Part 1

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Let'sChat

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:)

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