Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/11 – 5/24/20


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday (U.S) weekend.  The weather is finally starting to feel like summer here in Ohio.  Things are still slowly reopening, which includes my gym (desperately needed) and our pool this upcoming week.  I am looking forward to getting back into our typical summer routine.

Let’s see what I’ve been reading 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.


Bookish Happenings (1)


I finally returned to work last week.  While things definitely are different, I’m happy to be back.  For now, we are only open for curbside service, but hope to be able to open our doors to patrons sometime in June.  I must admit, it is wonderful to get out of my house and return to a little bit of normalcy after being home for 8 weeks.


What I'm Reading (1)

Recently Finished Reading:

» Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3) by Shannon Messenger


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The 3rd installment in a fantastic MG fantasy series.  I like how the content is maturing as the characters age.  This book was definitely darker than the previous two installments.

» Wishtree by Katherine Applegate



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Wishtree was selected for our community wide read along.  I loved rereading this book with my children.  This is a perfect book for a community read along.

» The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck


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This book was just okay.  I didn’t realize this was “Christian fiction” when this was picked for one of my book clubs.  The religious tones came out of nowhere at the end & were very heavy handed.

» Crush (Berrybrook Middle School #3) by Svetlana Chmakova



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I’ve adored each graphic novel in this series.  Chmakova captures the essence of middle school perfectly.  She also does a wonderful job giving us a diverse cast of characters, and tackling relevant topics.

» Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eion Colfer



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This is an excellent MG/YA crossover fantasy book.  I’m a fan of anti-hero main characters, so I enjoyed reading about a 12-year-old “evil” genius.  I found this book to be very witty and amusing.  I’d recommend this book to fans of Terry Pratchett.

» The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) by Kazu Kibuishi



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*4.5 Stars*

I enjoyed this second installment even more than the first!  The art style is absolutely stunning and I really enjoyed the story line.  I can really see this as a TV series or movie.

» El Deafo by Cece Bell



5-Star Rating SystemThis graphic novel about a young girl with a hearing impairment is based off the author’s own life experiences.  While I loved reading from the prospective of a character with a hearing impairment, I had a few issues with the plot.  I was also not a big fan of the art style.

Currently Reading:

» Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo



Status: 30%

» Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson



Status: 10%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay



From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about a new families, a magical old house and a mysterious cat . . .
When Tom and Polly marry, blending their single parent families together, their children find it hard to relinquish their old lives. Max realizes his birth dad will never come home now, while Abi suddenly finds herself a middle child, expected to share far too much – especially with grubby little Louis. The family start over together, stretching their finances to the limit and renting an eerie, ivy-covered house, big enough for all of them.
But when the children are alone there, strange things start to happen. Worried, Louis summons comfort from outdoors, and a startling guest arrives – is it a cat, or an owl, or something else? Abi reads alone, tumbling deep into books. Max loses his best friend and falls in love.
Meanwhile, Louis’ secret visitor is becoming much too real. And when Max and Abi too start to see the great spotted cat-thing that arrives in the night, it becomes a problem the three of them must find a way to solve – together. But where has the creature come from, and how will he get back?

I was approved for an ARC of this book via NetGalley.



Thursday 5/11


Mini Book Reviews: May 2020 – Part 1

Friday 5/12


Mini Book Reviews: May 2020 – Part 2

Monday 5/18


Mini Book Reviews: May 2020 – Part 3



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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