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Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/1 – 1/19/20


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I am currently trying to ignore the fact that my Green Bay Packers are getting a royal beat down and won’t be going to the Super Bowl… Thankfully we don’t have cable, so I don’t have to watch them lose.

To get my mind off my crushed dreams, let chat about all the bookish things…

*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)

Work has been a bit crazy over the past week or so.  The children’s librarian was on vacation this week, so I was in charge of doing her various storytimes throughout the week.  I visited our local preschool and did 4 different storytimes with a total of 130 preschoolers.  I also did her 3 weekly storytimes that we offer at our library, 2 of which she let me plan on my own.  All in all, I read to over 160 children this week!  It made my new librarian heart happy 🙂


What I'm Reading (1)

Recently Finished Reading:

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



5-Star Rating System

I struggled with my rating for this one.  On one hand, I really enjoyed the retelling aspect of this story, but on the other hand there I definitely had a few issues with this book.   Despite my various issues, I still enjoyed the story.

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


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*4.5 Stars*

My mother-in-law actually recommended this book for my son.  After reading it for myself, I agree that this book would definitely appeal to boys.  There are some wonderful themes like hard work, courage, friendship, etc.  I would also consider this a wonderful gateway book into fantasy.

» Compass South (Four Points #1) by Hope Larson


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I selected this graphic novel for my middle school book club.  This was a lovely historic adventure story about a set of twins.  Compass South will appeal to both boys & girls and was filled with gangs, schemes, pirates, travels, etc.

» Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds



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*3.5 Stars*

Opposite of Always is a YA fantasy that reads more like a contemporary.   There was a lot that I enjoyed about this story, themes included friendship, chronic illness, grief, second chances, etc.  I also liked the focus on maintaining friendships despite being in a new romantic relationship.

» The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky (Montague Siblings #1.5) by Mackenzi Lee



5-Star Rating System

It’s no secret that The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a total guilty pleasure of mine.  I adored seeing Monty & Percy again in this short novella.

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



5-Star Rating System

Black Enough was a game changer for me.  I don’t tend to read anthologies because I find that I tend to struggle to connect to short stories, but I loved this collection!  What an excellent book to incorporate during #BlackHistoryMonth in February!

» Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton



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How to find the words for this book… This book was a super unique take on post apocalyptic fiction.  During the first half of this book, I honestly thought it was going to be a 5-star read.  Hollow Kingdom is probably one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while.   I loved the humor, the characters, and the uniqueness of the story, however things fell apart for me in the second half of the book.

Currently Reading:

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



Status: 60%

» Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan



Status: 50%

» We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1) by Tehlor Kay Mejia



Status: 60%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» Girls Like Us by Randi Pink



Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.
Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.
In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the responsibility of her older sister, Ola, who has found out she’s pregnant. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.
Randi Pink masterfully weaves four lives into a larger story – as timely as ever – about a woman’s right to choose her future.


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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