Happy Sunday bookworms!
I hope to find everyone healthy & sane during these troubling times. I’ve been reading a lot to escape from all the craziness that is 2020.
Let’s see what I’ve been reading lately, shall we?
*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.
As the summer is flying by, things are a bit stressful right now in regards to school in the fall. We are still waiting on our district’s plan on going back to school on August 13th. Do we send our children back to school? Do we opt to homeschool them? How would we homeschool if I am unable to work from home? I think many parents can probably relate right now.
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge around the U.S, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it makes me nervous being in contact with so many people at work. I worry about bringing it home to my family, particularly my parents that help us with childcare. One of my coworkers is currently awaiting results from her COVID test. If she does test positive, all staff at our branch will be required to quarantine for 2 weeks and go get tested. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she will be negative.
Recently Finished Reading:
» The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
The City We Became is an urban fantasy that felt like an ode to New York City. While this was definitely a unique concept, this story did not grip me in the same way Jemisin’s Broken Earth series did.
» Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
LOVED this spin off of The Raven Cycle. I love Ronan so much! I listened to the audiobook (like I did with The Raven Cycle) because Will Patton’s voice suits Stiefvater’s atmospheric writing perfectly.
» Wink by Rob Harrell
Wink is a MG novel inspired by the author’s own battle with cancer. I would recommend this one to fans of Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
» Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
A book about police brutality geared for the middle grade audience. I would recommend this book to parents looking to open a dialogue about racism & police brutality with their middle grade aged kids.
» The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Set in India, The Bridge Home is an heartbreaking tale of two sisters who ran away from an abusive home. This book punched me in the feels.
» Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This was a steamy & highly entertaining new adult M/M romance. I’d recommend this book to fans of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
» Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
» My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Status: Just starting
What Am I Reading Next?:
» The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?
Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person’s decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.
As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.
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