Features, Wrap Ups & Hauls

Bookish Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/13 – 7/26/20


Happy Sunday bookworms!

I hope to find everyone happy and healthy today.  This weekend was my weekend off work, so I am enjoying 3 days off in a row.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

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


Bookish Happenings (1)

Since my last update, our school district has released their plans for returning to school this fall.  Our district has decided on a phased-in approach.  For the first 3 weeks of school, half the students will go Mondays & Thursdays, while the other half will go Tuesdays & Fridays.  Students will participate in remote learning on the days they are not in school.  The plan is for all students to return on September 8th.  There is also a 100% online option as well.  Once you decide which option you would like for your student(s), you must commit to that decision for the first semester.

This was not an easy decision, but we chose the in-person option for the first semester.  I do not think we will get to the point where all students will be at school together.  I have a feeling our district we will continue with 2 days in-person a week into September, or will move to remote learning if things escalate.


What I'm Reading (1)

Recently Finished Reading:

» Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams



5-Star Rating System

While I wasn’t feeling this book at first, I really appreciated it by the end.  I enjoyed watching Queenie’s growth over the course of this book.  I’d recommend this books to fans of Normal People by Sally Rooney as they have similar tones.

» My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows



5-Star Rating System

My Lady Jane is a historical retelling with a fantastical flare.  I found this book to be highly entertaining.

Currently Reading:

» Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld



Status: 80%

» Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad



Status: 50%

What Am I Reading Next?:

» Born a Crime by Trevor Noah



The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.



Monday 7/13


Teen Librarian Archives: May & June 2020 *Being a Librarian During COVID-19*

Wednesday 7/15


Mini Book Reviews: July 2020 – Part 1

Tuesday 7/21

Being continents away is exciting, but come with me next time! (12)

Mini Book Reviews: July 2020 – Part 2

Wednesday 7/22


Favorite Books of 2020 (January – June)



» Library Supporters Urge Action on Bill to Provide Relief Funding for Public Libraries

» Obituary: Joanna Cole

Thank you Joanna Cole for giving us The Magic School Bus series.  The books and TV show were such a huge part of my life growing up, and I love sharing them with my own children.

» Colson Whitehead Awarded 2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

» The Bestselling Books of 2020 (So Far)

Where the Crawdads Sing is STILL no 1?!? Seriously?!

» John Lewis, Heroic Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 80

If you haven’t read his graphic novel series, March, I highly recommend it.

» Scribner Nabs Reynolds’s First Adult Title

 Anyone else excited that Jason Reynolds is writing an adult novel! It is expected to be published in 2022 and is about “a boy named Mm who is born without a mouth and comes of age in a carnival town, where the power of storytelling can equally sustain or harm.”



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:)

What I'm Reading

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