Weekly Wrap-up & Links I Enjoyed (8/03/’21) #WeeklyWrapup #WeekinReading #bloggersupport

Hello Readers! Last week had been okay in reading and a little exhausting with some things in personal life that put me off to reading and blogging but Bridgertons brought a lovely distraction. I finally finished that series and I enjoyed it. I hope they are making another season with love stories of other Bridgertons.

What I read last week –

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)by Leigh Bardugo

I finally finished this book. Reading simultaneously was a bad idea because I loved it and would have preferred to give it my full attention than putting it aside for priority reads. Check out my full review ➡ HERE.

Born of Wind by J.B. Lesel

For 284 pages of this YA fantasy, felt it a bit long. This had a unique world with legend of four elemental spirits giving their powers to mortals who could control wind, live underwater and breath fire. It was about power, superiority, oppressive rulers, deception, innocent people who suffered most and kept in darkness, fighting for good cause, heartbreaks and friendship. There was so much going on and there was detailed description on world, civilization, customs, way of living, dispute, and characters’ lives. I haven’t decide whether to rate it 3.5 or 4.

Currently Reading –

A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).

In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner 

I was reading this simultaneously. So far I have read only first short story out of 15 and it was brilliant, so lovely filled with emotions LGBTQ story. A perfect start to this anthology and I can’t wait to read what’s there in rest of stories.

The Littlest Dinosaur by Bryce Raffle, Steven Kothlow, Tessa Verplancke (Illustrator)

Ty, The Tyrannosaur just wants to make a new friend.

Sadly, the other dinosaurs are all afraid of his sharp teeth! So Ty must go on an adventure to find a dinosaur brave enough to be friends with a Tyrannosaur.

I’m on tour for this tomorrow and I’m starting it now. As it’s short read, reading and writing review is not going to take long and will try to read it to my daughter if she can sit patiently and look at pictures on screen of my laptop. A mom can have hope!

Next I’ll be Reading –

Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West

Among fake Instagram pages, long-buried family secrets, and the horrors of middle school, one suburban mom searches to find herself.

Alice Sullivan feels like she’s finally found her groove in middle age, but it only takes one moment for her perfectly curated life to unravel. On the same day she learns her daughter is struggling in second grade, a call from her son’s school accusing him of bullying throws Alice into a tailspin.

When it comes to light that the incident is part of a new behavior pattern for her son, one complete with fake social media profiles with a lot of questionable content, Alice’s social standing is quickly eroded to one of “those moms” who can’t control her kids. Soon she’s facing the very judgement she was all too happy to dole out when she thought no one was looking (or when she thought her house wasn’t made of glass).

Then her mother unloads a family secret she’s kept for more than thirty years, and Alice’s entire perception of herself is shattered.

As her son’s new reputation polarizes her friendships and her family buzzes with the ramification of her mother’s choices, Alice realizes that she’s been too focused on measuring her success and happiness by everyone else’s standards. Now, with all her shortcomings laid bare, she’ll have to figure out to whom to turn for help and decide who she really wants to be.

I had this book for long time and now that it’s releasing next week I want to read and review it on publication day. Troubled kids and parents’ choices and actions is really a concerning topic and I’m dreading this pre-teen and teen stage already (even though my kid is just 2 yrs old) but I want to read such book to have view and prepare me.

Links I Enjoyed

Monthly Monkey Mini Reviews – March-ing FORWARD Through 2021! @ The Orangutan Librarian

Book Review: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers @ The Reading Chemist

Pairings of fiction and non-fiction books @ Novels & Teacups

Book Series Review : The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater @ celinelingg

Book Review | The Grace Year @ Everywhere & nowhere

Have you read any of these books or going to read soon? What are you planning to read this week? Which posts you enjoyed most this week?


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Hi, I'm Yesha, an Indian book blogger. Avid and eclectic reader who loves to read with a cup of tea. Not born reader but I don't think I’m going to stop reading books in this life. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


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