The Sunday Wrap-Up(20)

Posted July 28, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 4 Comments



On Monday I reviewed The Trouble with Flirting(modern day Mansfield Park. SIGN ME UP!)
Tuesday I shared 10 words that make me want to put a book back on the shelf.
Wednesday I introduced the Book Blogging PenPal Exchange(which you can still sign up for! You have until August 1st).
Thursday I talked about how my TBR makes me antsy & what I’m planning to do about it.
Friday I reviewed Nantucket Blue(and wasn’t much of a fan).
My Saturday morning cup this week was about when you see the world differently than most people(and a discovery I made that led me to thinking about that).


Survival Tips for Fictional Characters @ I Read & Tell
Hey fictional characters: It’s dangerous to go alone. Take one of these!(and maybe you’ll survive).

Why Book Tours are No Longer My Thing @ Oh Chrys
I am all for blogging however you want, whether that means TONS of blog tour posts or not, but I think this was an interesting perspective on blog tours. Personally, I’ve never participated in a blog tour(though I am on some mailing lists for tours and would be open to being part of a blog tour if it was the right book), so it was interesting to read someone’s experience.

What the Bechdel Test can add to YA Lit @ Christina Reads YA
If you don’t know, I’m a huge fan of the Bechdel test. It’s definitely not perfect by any means, but I think it’s a good starting point to having some important conversations about gender in our media(I even have a Goodreads shelf dedicated to books that pass the Bechdel test), so as with any article about the test,  I really enjoyed this blog post.

The Role of the “Prop” Boyfriend @ Matched Manuscripts
A post that totally nailed the phenomenon of the “prop” boyfriend in YA lit, including the definition of the “prop” boyfriend and why they’re. . . well, a bit useless, really, in the long-run.

Adapting Cynicism: YA Movies and Why I Don’t Care Anymore @ Book Brats
I’m not going to pretend to understand ANYTHING about the movie industry, as I’m not a huge fan of movies in general. You could tell me a movie had a 10 million dollar budget and I could only pretend to know if that’s low or high or what have you, so I’m not too worried about YA movies in general. I did, however, think this post offered some insight on why perhaps we shouldn’t be so hopeful about all those future YA movies.


Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Cooley
Red by Alison Cherry


NO BOOKS BOUGHT IN TWO WEEKS! Woo-hoo! I did get a few books from Netgalley for review:

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
More than This by Patrick Ness
Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer
Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe



4 responses to “The Sunday Wrap-Up(20)

  1. Thanks for the shout out! I had a lot of fun writing that post, but now I see the prop boyfriend everywhere! I found him in an adult novel yesterday, The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession. The main characters are both academic loner types who’ve rarely dated. When they start getting serious about each other, the girl tells the guy that she had a boyfriend in high school (they are currently in college), and “He was a nice average guy, and I liked him in a nice average way. I saw what most girls considered extraordinary in high school and it didn’t interest me…I was perfectly happy with my ordinary guy.” When they graduated, she said, “He went his way and I went mine…It was just easier. I mean, I liked that he was ordinary, but so was the relationship.” There’s something I never really spelled out in my post – the prop boyfriend and the prop relationship is easy, and as you indicated, ultimately meaningless. Real relationships – the ones that matter – take work.

    P.S. The Bookman’s Tale is a fun read for anyone who likes books. The main character is an antiquarian bookseller and restorer.

  2. Christine @ Oh, Chrys!

    Thanks for sharing my post. It was something I had to get off my shoulders. I am all for others blogging as they want as well, so I hope this post hasn’t made people think I do not respect their own preferences. It was much more of a personal post.

    • stormydawnc

      And that’s totally how I got your post–just your personal experience. I definitely didn’t see it as being tours are “BAD” or whichever. I’m not the biggest fan of tours either, so I just added that disclaimer to be safe. I think someone would have to try very hard to read your post as being something OTHER than just your personal opinion/experience. 🙂

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