The Sunday Wrap-Up{70}

Posted February 8, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 9 Comments


My Week

 I haven’t done a weekly wrap-up since September, because I got tired of doing them and I never want anything on my blog to feel like a chore, since I think it’s easy to tell when reading a post when the writer wasn’t into it. BUT after about a five month break, I’ve been thinking that I really want to start them up again, so I shall!

Anyway, this week has been intense. I moved out of an apartment and back home(which I talked about in my January wrap-up) and my bathroom is getting remodeled and currently does not have a FLOOR or anything else besides 3 walls, so I’m sharing with my parent’s and parts of the house look like a disaster/construction zone(I’m convinced those two are often the same thing).

Also, I went to a bingo hall with my dad Thursday night, and I am now convinced I must write a scene into a WIP with a bingo hall because it’s kinda fascinating from a removed standpoint how among the regulars it seemed to function almost as a community meeting? Like I noticed tons of people who all knew each other discussing important community things. It was interesting. I had to notice that because I did not get close to winning even once.

I also watched my first movie of the year, Pitch Perfect, and I wasn’t super impressed with it? I liked the music parts but I didn’t find it funny. Considering it’s the first movie I’ve watched this year, I hope it’s not setting the tone for the few other movies I’ll see.

On Book Blog Bake

Tuesday I shared the top 10 YA contemporary books I can’t believe I haven’t read.
Wednesday I reviewed Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It wasn’t perfect, but I liked this dark and twisted YA fantasy.
Thursday I shared 3 books that are currently sitting on my maybe shelf.
Friday I reviewed The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand. It was sad, of course, but Hand writes about grief so well.


You by Caroline Kepnes
Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (re-read)


I bought You and The Song of Achilles on my kindle because they were both $1.99.

Favorite 5

Or favorite 3, as is the case this week.

How to Respond When Someone Disdains YA @ Christina Reads YA

Generally when someone disdains YA to me, I either just ignore them or if they seem at all open, go the recommendation route, but there’s a lot of good ideas here. And if YA isn’t for you, that’s cool too, but there’s no reason to belittle those who read and write it.

It’s Okay to Want to Grow Your Blog @ NoseGraze

I loved this post because I struggle with this sometimes–I want my blog to grow, of course. I think most bloggers do. But I don’t want it to become obsessive, and sometimes striking that balance between putting in the effort and doing your best and becoming obsessed with comparing yourself can be hard.

My Catch-All 3 Star Rating @ Quinn’s Book Nook

I really like ratings for reviews, but sometimes those 3 stars CAN be tricky!


 Question of the Week:

I’ve decided to add this to my weekly wrap-ups because it’s fun(from what I’ve seen in other places around the blogosphere) and it makes me feel slightly less self-indulgent.  Since I’m just starting these wrap-ups again, I’m gonna ease into this with an easy question. So this week’s question is. . .

What did you read this weekend? Or, if you didn’t read anything, what was the highlight of your weekend?




9 responses to “The Sunday Wrap-Up{70}

  1. I have not seen Pitch Perfect, and the reason why I haven’t is because it doesn’t look good to me. The second movie doesn’t either. I feel like it’s just not for me. I’m glad to know there is someone who watched it and wasn’t in love with it.

    The highlight of my weekend was attending a writing workshop! It was very informative!

    • Stormy

      I didn’t hate Pitch Perfect, but it was definitely just kind of eh. I wouldn’t have spent money on it(I just recorded it when it was on ABC family & then watched it later). I will admit that I’ve rewatched some of the music scenes(they’re pretty good), but the story itself and the jokes? So very meh. It just wasn’t funny to me. I remember when it first came out I had a friend who went, saw it, & loved it, but told me it probably wasn’t for me. She was right.

      Ah, that’s so cool that you were able to attend a writing workshop! It sounds like a great opportunity, too.

  2. Maraia

    Yay, I’m excited to read your bingo hall scene when you’re a famous author!

    I was in a bit of a reading slump this weekend. (Common theme lately?) I raced through to finally finish THE FALCONER on Friday. I’d tried to start it twice before, but it didn’t click with me. I’m not entirely sure why I bothered at all, but the last 20% did pick up a bit. I started two other books on Saturday, but I tossed them both aside. Eventually I gave up and started MAD SHIP by Robin Hobb, a book I knew I’d enjoy and have been saving for a time like this. Have you read Hobb yet? My audiobook for the weekend was CHAMBER OF SECRETS, which of course never gets old. 🙂

    • Stormy

      Well, we’ll see about famous, but hopefully the author part will be true one day! A bingo hall could make a really great meet-cute scene–I was surprised by how all the workers at the concession stand were young, definitely high school or college. It was a much younger crowd in general than I was expecting.

      Oh, I haven’t heard a ton about The Falconer but what I have heard has been pretty good so it’s interesting to hear it didn’t click with you. I’m curious about the book, but I’ve heard it ended on a cliffhanger, so. . . not in any rush to get that one. I haven’t read any Robin Hobb, but it’s definitely a name I see around a lot! And I’m in desperate need of a HP re-read. I’ve listened to the audiobooks before but it’s been so long. Maybe I should try that this year for my HP re-read, since I missed my annual re-read last year.

      • Maraia

        Hey, you never know. 🙂 I can definitely picture the bingo hall meet-cute, especially if there are teenagers being dragged along by grandparents, young employees, etc. Or even two adorable seniors. Not that I generally read books about retired people, but I can see it working.

        I think it was the steampunk, which I don’t normally gravitate towards, combined with the Fae…I don’t know, it just wasn’t for me. That being said, I will probably read the sequel. There is a cliffhanger, but since I didn’t love the book, it didn’t seem particularly momentous to me. I guess it’s a book you should try if you get around to it, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to read it.

        I listen to the HP audiobooks every year to make sure I get my re-read in, so I say go for it. If you’ve listened to them before, you already know the magic that is Jim Dale. It’s amazing how much more his voices and intonations can bring to an already perfect (in my mind) series.

        Robin Hobb is a somewhat big commitment, but I think she’s worth it. If you find yourself in a reading slump this year, give her a try! I started with FOOL’S ERRAND, which I know is backwards, but I’m happy with the order I read them in. (I don’t know why I’ve been pushing RH so hard this year.)

  3. I’m sorry you didn’t love Pitch Perfect. I saw it in theaters when it first came out. I really liked it, although I didn’t like it as much as many others did. But I will for sure see the second movie.

    I haven’t been reading much, I’m afraid. I’m in a bit of a reading slump. But I did finish my audiobook on Sunday and it was great – The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry. I highly recommend it!

    • Stormy

      I didn’t hate Pitch Perfect or anything, but all the jokes fell flat for me. I think I cracked like one smile? I liked some of the characters and the music parts. I probably wouldn’t be averse to seeing the second one, but probably not in any way that requires me spending money.

      I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, but that is an amazing title! I shall have to check it out, especially since I’ve heard good things about Julie Berry’s other book.

    • Stormy

      You was so good! I’d swing between being completely repulsed & reluctantly impressed. Not a book I’m forgetting any time soon.

      You know, I’ve never read a Judy Blume book. I seriously don’t know how I missed those growing up!

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