Week in Review: July 20

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Harry Potter Bday celebration prep and Mock Printzmas prep at work are consuming my life. I have done nothing else.

What I Read:

I finished Sloppy Firsts–a first read for me. The book is super dated but I see the appeal. Reserving judgement on Marcus Flutie who seems to be a literal train wreck from what I can tell. Also read Saga Vol. 1 and can admit that you all may have had a point. Then, I checked out Henchgirl which is by Kristen Gudsnuk AKA the author of one of my favorite middle grade graphic novels. I tried Caster and Permanent Record but had to admit neither were working for me. Alas.

Weekly Questions:

  • How was your week?
  • What are you reading?
  • Seriously, what house would you sort yourself into? Inquiring minds (mine) want to know!

Week in Review: July 13

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What new summer releases are you getting excited about? 📚 I can’t wait for more of you to be able to read Brandy Colbert’s upcoming novel. 📚 Birdie has always been a good daughter. She works hard in school, she's responsible. She listens to her parents even when it's hard like when she had to give up soccer to focus on her classes and college prep. 📚 But it's hard to balance being a good daughter with dating Booker–the new boy in her life. Birdie's parents would never approve of Booker with his bad reputation and his juvenile record. Rather than upset her parents Birdie does what seems like the best thing for everyone: she decides to keep Booker a secret for as long as possible. 📚 Then there's her estranged aunt Carlene who is back in Chicago, and Birdie's life, after years of struggling with substance abuse. Birdie barely remembers her aunt but she's eager to reconnect now–especially when Carlene seems willing to listen to Birdie in a way her mother hasn't for years. As Birdie grows closer to Carlene and to Booker, the secrets mount. When Birdie finds out that she isn't the only one who's been keeping secrets  everything she thought she knew about her family will be thrown into question in The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. 📚 Come for the swoony romance, stay for the authentic intersectional identities, complex relationships, and memorable characters. This one hits shelves on August 20 so now is the perfect time to preorder it or request it be stocked at your local library or bookstore! 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #therevolutionofbirdierandolph #brandycolbert #summerreading

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How My Week Went:

Sometimes I don’t sleep much so this has been a pretty long week. I have a ton of BIG WORK THINGS happening in the second half of July and Mercury is Retrograde and my office is host to a weird assortment of bugs so I’m kind of over summer at this point.

What I Read:

I read Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by Ellen T. Crenshaw. I think it had some interesting things to say but I also might have not liked it. I’m still processing. My feelings were similarly mixed for There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool which started stronger than it finished. I enjoyed it and think I’m on board for book two but, again, still processing.

Weekly Questions:

  • How was your week?
  • What are you reading?
  • Does anyone even read far enough to see these questions?

Week in Review: July 6

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Do you have any favorite books of the year yet? 📚 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson is one of mine. I finished it last night and loved this story of fierce friendship, dangerous knowledge, reckless loyalty, and unlikely romance. And did I mention the sentient grimoires? 📚 At the start of this story Elisabeth’s world is very small but it gets bigger as she is drawn into a surprising alliance with a sorcerer and his demon as they try to save their kingdom. 📚 Once I figured out Uppercase would be featuring this book in June, I decided to order the box for myself. Although it had a long road to get here (almost two weeks in transit), it was worth the wait. I’m so happy to have this signed copy and I’m already thinking about what to write in this cute journal. 📚 #instabooks #signedbooksundays #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #uppercasebox #sorceryofthorns #margaretrogerson

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How My Week Went:

My interns started this week at work and they’re pretty great. I’m also in the thick of prep for Mock Printzmas in July (it’s a book discussion thing we have at work and I am moderating) and helping a colleague plan the annual Harry Potter Birthday party he puts together at the library. Let’s just say there are a lot of plates spinning! I wrote almost ten blog posts this week and I’m feeling a lot better about getting through my backlog (even if I still feel like I’m talking into a vacuum in these posts despite my fun new format–alas).

What I Read:

After finishing Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (so gooooood), I dove into The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe which I’m reading for my library’s Mock Printzmas. I picked the short list almost entirely by myself this year so it’s been a relief to see that the books I went with are pretty okay. Philippe’s debut is very Harriet the Spy meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid set in high school (in other words, main character Norris is a little jerk but he’s still funny too). Next up: Kiss Number Eight  by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw, There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool, and the bindup of volumes 1 through 7 of Deadly Class before I have to return it to my local library.

Weekly Questions:

  • How was your week?
  • What are you reading?
  • What is your low stakes super power?

Week in Review: June 29

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Busy week on the blog featuring one of my favorite new-to-me series and (finally) my BookExpo recap!

We’re shifting into summer mode at my place of employ which, for me, meant a lot of interviewing summer volunteers and getting ready for them to start in July. It’s one of my favorite parts of my job but also involves a lot of moving parts.

This week I’ve been reading Sorcery of Thorns and I might be enjoying it even more than Rogerson’s debut An Enchantment of Ravens (and that was one of my favorite books last year).

This weekend I am a #saturdaylibrarian and then I have my writing group on Sunday. I didn’t get a lot of new writing done this month because work has been consuming my life BUT I did manage some revisions, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

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  • How was your week?
  • What are you reading?
  • Have you had any ice cream yet this summer?

Week in Review: June 22

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This was such a long week. There were some good moments but mostly it was really hard. It’s been so humid that I feel like I’m getting smacked in the face every time I go outside. I’ve also been dealing with a lot of work drama from a committee initiative I’m involved with that wraps up next month and I’m just over it. I did get to go to a closing forum to mark the end of an internship program and say farewell to my three interns which was bittersweet but also nice to realize they actually liked me. Then, as if all that wasn’t enough, an enormous spider fell on my desk in my windowless office at work. My coworker tells me it’s good luck because it was a brown spider and not a black spider. But I still have doubts.

Weekly Questions:

  • How was your week?
  • What are you reading?
  • Spiders: Good luck or bad?

Week in Review: June 15

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Sometimes the best books are complete surprises. 📚 Sometimes the best photos are too. 📚 I snapped this pic of With the Fire on High this morning when I noticed that the hardcover totally matched my subway. 📚 I hadn’t been sure what to expect from Acevedo’s prose debut but guess what? It’s even better than her verse debut The Poet X. 📚 This contemplative story follows Emoni, a high school senior trying to do the best she can for herself, her daughter, and her grandmother. 📚 With the Fire on High is a dynamic book filled with food, cooking, family, and lots of love. If it isn’t already on your radar, be sure to add it to your to read list ASAP! 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #lovereading #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #beautifulbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #ditchthatjacket #withthefireonhigh #elizabethacevedo

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My Thoughts on The Week:

Aside from a couple of sleepless nights this week was pretty good. I had my annual review and it went really well. My interns finished for the term so I can finally focus on other things. I wrote an entire report for a work committee alone over two days so I never have to think about it again. And I even saw a friend for dinner last night. What a week!

Weekly Questions:

  • How was your week?
  • What are you reading?
  • What’s one thing you liked about yourself this week?

Week in Review: June 8

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Ugh, you guys. This week totally kicked my butt. I had a bad allergic reaction to some walnuts I accidentally ate (I knew I was allergic but I did not know I was going to react so badly because it had never happened before!) and was mainlining Benadryl for three days. I couldn’t even come to work on Wednesday. It was terrible. But I’m fine now and know to be more careful from now on.

I have been feeling very much like I’m talking in a vacuum here and on Instagram (Twitter would never do me like that) and it’s been kind of hard. Because if no one is seeing these posts or reading them, then what’s the point?

I’m also very behind on reading I need to do and reviews I need to write–like I don’t have anything scheduled past next week which is stressing me out. I think I can get back on track but it’s just been hard with work busy-ness and then being down for the count for most of this week. Yuck.

Weekly Questions:

  • How was your week?
  • What are you reading?
  • What’s one thing you’re proud of this week?