Happy Sunday bookworms!
I hope everyone that celebrates had a wonderful Valentine’s day! We are usually low-key for Valentine’s Day. I got my husband & children some candy, and my husband got me flowers. What did everyone else do to celebrate?
Let’s see what I’ve been reading & blogging lately…
*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.
Life is busy as per usual. I’m sure this will not surprise anyone to hear, but I have a bad habit of taking on more than I should. In addition to working & family life, I somehow got swindled into helping out with the intermediate school’s book fair… which is funny because I don’t have a child currently at that particular school. This week another Mom and myself were tasked with decorating the school’s front display case for the book fair.
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it is supposed to be a waterfall with the jungle surrounding it. All of the leaves were made by yours truly with the help from my new Cricut I got for Christmas. I also hand-made the paper chains. It took us 2 hours to take down the previous display, and put this one up. Once the books for the book fair come in, we will place some on display.
Recently Finished Reading:
» Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
I read Pet because it was a 2019 National Book Awards for Young People finalist. I had no clue what this book was about going into it. This was a powerful YA fantasy story that centers around identity, justice, and evil. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
» The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin
This is the second book I’ve read that centered around Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) of Austria. This portrayal varied vastly from the last book I read, which was an interesting juxtaposition. Whereas the previous book I read cast Sisi as a victim of circumstance, this novel cast her more as self-indulgent and cold. I would like to state that Captain Bay is an asshat, and Charlotte deserved better.
» Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School #1) by Svetlana Chmakova
Much like Brave, I adored Chmakova’s portrayal of middle school in graphic novel format. I loved everything from the images to the story line. Chmakova has a wonderful way of creating relatable characters that I adore.
» On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
While this wasn’t necessarily as impactful as The Hate U Give, this book was amazing in its own right. I think Angie Thomas has a brilliant way of writing YA contemporary that is not only relevant & important, but also entertaining at the same time.
» Dig by A.S. King
I picked up Dig because it won the Printz award for excellence in young adult literature. I must admit, this book is NOT going to be for everyone. I fear that many people will abandon this one too soon. It took until half way through the book until I really fully understood what the author was trying to do here.
» Hilda and the Stone Forrest (Hilda #5) by Luke Pearson
I picked this graphic novel up on a whim to introduce graphic novels to my 6-year-old daughter. She LOVED it! I was a little worried that she wouldn’t be able to pick up the cues from the illustrations, but she had no issues with the graphic novel format. When I picked this up, I didn’t realize that this is actually the 5th installment in a series, so now we are going back and reading the others.
» Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
» The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching #5) by Terry Pratchett
What Am I Reading Next?:
» Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind All of Them by Laura Ruby
The unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.
When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That’s why Frankie’s not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket.
Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans—two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive.
And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America—every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she’s able to carve out will be enough.
I will admit I do not know the answer. But I will be watching, waiting to find out.
That’s what ghosts do.
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