Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

MY BOOK BUYING BAN IS NOT GOING WELL

1 thing this week:

  • I go away for ONE WEEKEND and I come back to 1,100 spam comments. What the heck. Send help. (Every single comment is about CBD oil, by the way. WHY.)

Blog hopping:

  • Kelly talked about reading backlist novels!
  • Clarissa shared 41 Reasons I’m Staying In and wow, I need to read this book now.
  • Kristi discussed Edelweiss vs. Netgalley!
  • Eline recommended some audiobooks, and somehow I had no idea that Dodie wrote a book??

Song of the week:

It feels like a Bastille kind of week.

Book review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Rating: ★★☆☆☆Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Source: Purchased

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Wild Beauty was a total impulse buy at BookCon last year. I’d heard of it and I’d added it to my TBR because of some great reviews, but it was really the cover that drew me in. It’s just so pretty. (It didn’t hurt that it was a signed copy, either.)

I’m going to start off by saying that it took me about three weeks to read the 340 pages of this book. At first, I thought it was just me being distracted. I’ve definitely had trouble focusing on books recently, but after three weeks of effort, I think I can say with about 99% certainty that this book just wasn’t for me.

It’s not badly written. The writing style is fine (if a little flowery for my tastes) and I liked the focus on family, but… nothing happens. It’s just a bunch of teenage girls making flowers bloom. The conflict wasn’t very interesting. The mystery of Fel’s past did nothing for me. I was just so bored. I can’t even tell you how many times I almost fell asleep while reading this book.

I have another one of the author’s books and will be giving it a try at some point, but this particular story just wasn’t for me.

#killingthetbr: six months on shelf


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Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

  • Nothing! I’ve been too busy traveling to do much book-acquiring this week.

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I drove approximately 1900 miles BY MYSELF in the last week. I was maybe a little bit impulsive, but it was worth it.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Again, I’ve been too busy traveling! I haven’t done any blog hopping in the last week, but hopefully I’ll be back at it soon!

SONG OF THE WEEK:

So, basically, in order to stay awake during my ridiculously long drive this week, I had to listen to some songs I liked very, very loudly. One song that kept me alive and moving was Sober by Lorde.

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I don’t really have any book-related happenings this week, other than I went to a huge used bookstore TWICE and was maybe in actual heaven.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Is there ever a week where I don’t feature one of Shruti’s posts? This week it’s her post about writing a review policy.
  • Kelly shared a bookish Christmas gift guide!
  • Shealea talked about her least favorite books of 2018 (and I’m always up for some snarky commentary).
  • Vicky always writes amazing posts and recently she…
  • Mandy and Sha shared their year in review!

WEEKLY PLAYLIST:

It’s almost Christmas! Here are some of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. It’s a link because I cannot figure out how to embed a playlist with this new WordPress editor!!

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

TAGS THIS WEEK:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

2 THINGS THIS WEEK:

  • I am very slowly working through my backlog of tags, so if you like tags and I don’t usually tag you, please let me know!
  • I’m out of town right now, so I tried something new this week and scheduled my Weekly Update way in advance! Hopefully things aren’t going to change too much between Thursday and Saturday. 🙂

BLOG HOPPING:

  • I’m a little late on this, but Siobhan asked what we should do when authors go on the attack.
  • Shruti called for an end to the idea of a “guilty pleasure.”
  • Shruti also made a list of five essential things your book blog should have.
  • Raya talked about ten books she wants to read but probably won’t, and wow, I could relate.
  • Aurora shared ten quick reads to help you beat your reading challenge.
  • Krisha recommended ten books to pull you out of a reading slump. (I needed this post.)
  • Mandy discussed cleaning up her TBR and getting ready for 2019.

SONG OF THE WEEK:

This is the cutest song and I love it so much.