What a weird week! I thought that I would get a TON of reading done. My kids were off camping with my parents for the week and my husband was out fishing every day to prepare for a tournament. But what ended up happening was I walked around in circles a lot because I didn’t have people asking me to do things for them 24/7. It felt weird! I managed to go out camping for the night, spent some quality time with my husband, AND finished three books…….. all of which I rated 5 stars!!! I also DNF’d my second book for the year which broke my heart. More on that later. Here’s what happened this week:
BOOKS I’VE FINISHED THIS WEEK:
These books couldn’t be more different from each other, yet somehow they all got 5 stars. And for very different reasons! The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne was a book that I had been hearing about for months. I love his other book (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) so I figured that this one would be emotional as well. That – It – Was……. and was it ever! I had an awful book hangover after this one. The emotions that swelled was overwhelming and such a large range as well. I will have the full review up tomorrow. I have others that I need to review but I wanted to rave about this one before I forgot all the details!
After finishing that one, I felt like I needed something relaxed and highly entertaining. At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec fit the mould! This book was downright HILARIOUS!!! There was such an amazing and empowering plot, followed by my new bookish bestie Ariel, who was one of the most lewd and bold women in books! Full review coming Wednesday July 18.
Then, I decided to pick up my ARC for Hachette Book Group early and I read Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell. I had a feeling from the synopsis that I would like this book, but I didn’t like it – I LOVED IT!!! This book had literally everything that I crave in a fantasy novel! Full review coming Monday July 16.
BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING:
I haven’t decided yet to be honest. I just finished Spellslinger yesterday so I haven’t had the chance to pick something new. I would pick something from my Tome Topple Readathon TBR but nothing is connecting with me. Not sure what I’ll pick up yet 🙂
OTHER BOOKISH NEWS:
TOP 5 TUESDAY
This week was so much fun! It was all about naked hardcovers. There are so many surprises hiding under the dust jacket! But, if there was a way to “win” top 5 Tuesday, Sophie at Beware of the Reader would take home the gold! She did a serious topic, but then surprised me with what I was expecting from her – which is, some EYE CANDY!!! Please take a minute to check out THIS POST – you won’t regret it! I promise.
BYE BYE BULLET JOURNAL
I’ve made a very difficult decision this week. I’ve decided to give up on my bullet journal. I LOVED doing this. So much. It let my creativity flow and I was actually drawing again! But when I was about to set up my spreads for July, I realized that it was too much. I was spending at least 10 hours drawing out all my layouts, choosing a theme, colours, and designs. I really started to question if the 10+ hours was worth it. In the end, my answer was no. SO, during one of my days of mindless web surfing, I stumbled across Erin Condren. I’ve decided that I will be switching to a pre printed planner. It even has space for me to draw! Now that I have more than 10 hours of spare time each month, I will be spending it drawing! I also ordered a notebook for all my blog stuff that doesn’t require a lengthy set up time. Pics to come as soon as I get it in the mail and set it up!
That’s pretty much my week. I had an absolute blast camping with my kids and I missed them immensely! Them not being here threw me for a loop. I’m so glad to finally be getting some normalcy back! I may be a bit non existent next week as I’ve got a bunch of things that need to be done, a few doctors appointments, and my daughter is turning 13 tomorrow!!!!! I’ll officially be the mom of a teenager……. I’m going to go cry in a corner with a bottle of wine now…….
Until next time, happy reading!