The Sunday Wrap-Up{71}

Posted February 15, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 10 Comments


My Week

 My week started pretty well. It was quiet & low-key. And then. . . our water heater went out. Have you ever replaced a water heater? Well, I haven’t either, but I watched my parents replace our water heater and it was quite an ordeal, made more so by the fact that we live in the middle of nowhere so just procuring said water heater took a 2 hour round trip.

Other than that lovely excitement on Thursday, this week’s been pretty standard. I spent most of my time committing to the job search, but I also spent a ton of time re-reading The Raven Cycle books, and let me tell you, my love for them definitely grew upon re-reading. Before, I liked the series in a very distant way. Now I feel emotionally attached to the characters.

When I wasn’t reading, I spent a good chunk of time writing a WIP that has become quite the ordeal. I’ve ever named it the WIP that Will Not End on twitter whenever I tweet about writing. But I gave myself a Valentine’s Day gift and finished it! Well, the first draft. Still, there’s a story there, ready to be polished in subsequent drafts.

On Book Blog Bake

On Monday I reviewed The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It seems to be this year’s IT thriller, but I wasn’t really impressed.
Tuesday I shared 5 things I like and 5 things I dislike in book romances.
Wednesday I reviewed Like No Other by Una LaMarche. I liked the character’s growth, but I had some issues too.
Thursday I shared a new edition of Looking Forward & Looking Behind.
Friday I talked about characters who are supremely unlucky.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater(re-read)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater(re-read)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater(re-read)
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers


None! Which is good, because I unpacked all my books and I’m a little low on shelf space.

Favorite 5

I am slowly getting back in the hang of this so sometimes I forget to actually keep track of the posts I’ve read & loved during the week. . . oops. I might not get up to favorite 5 status for awhile, but I did read a few posts that stood out to me this week.

 Boyfriend Knows Best: On Oppressive YA Relationships @ Girl in the Pages

I have a lot of thoughts on romance, relationships, and teenagers as portrayed in YA. There are some excellent romances in YA, and also some terrible romances that are made to examine unhealthy relationships, but there are also relationships that are unhealthy that are portrayed as something positive. I really loved this close look at oppressive relationships in YA.

Let’s Get Critical: Plot @ The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!

Even if you know this stuff, this is a really great primer/refresher on plot in novels.

 Antivalentine: A Celebration of Singletude @ Respiring Thoughts

This is a hilarious, tongue-in-check post about all the bookish advantages of being single.

Oh the Books! Bookish Guide: A Heart-Shaped Box of YA Romance @ Oh, the Books!

Interested in a romance read? Oh, the Books! has got you covered, whether you’re looking for contemporary, LGBTQ, or paranormal romance.

 Question of the Week:

Hmm, let’s go with. . . What was your favorite subject in high school? I’m guessing since this is a book blog a lot of people will say English, but hey, maybe I’ll be surprised. I really liked English & history.




10 responses to “The Sunday Wrap-Up{71}

  1. Maraia

    I think I’m the odd one out here. Despite being a huge book nerd from birth, English was actually one of my least favorite subjects. I LOVED math (I miss it so much!), and I also enjoyed science, especially when we got to do math IN science. I know, I’m crazy. But I love having one, clear, concrete answer. The funny part is, I didn’t take either subject in college. English class took the fun out of reading for me. Part of that is my horrible reading retention, but I also agonized over essays, spending way more time that was strictly necessary. What can I say, I’m a perfectionist. I did well in English class, but I just couldn’t bring myself to enjoy it.

    Finishing your draft really is exciting, and I’m happy for you!

    • Stormy

      That actually makes a lot of sense. I know my friends who loved math loved it because of the concrete answers. Weirdly enough, my English classes in high school had very little essays. The curriculum was pretty weird.

      • Maraia

        Huh. What did you do instead? Do you think it taught you what you needed and prepared you for college? I’m genuinely curious! I wish more “alternative” methods were used in school. My eighth grade history teacher didn’t believe in tests, and instead we learned everything hands-on. I’ve forgotten most things by now, but what I learned stayed with me far longer than from my other classes. I remember writing period journal entries, acting things out, etc. Our learning DEFINITELY didn’t suffer, but we were free of that awful pressure from tests. It was a great experience.

        • Stormy

          There were a LOT of projects. A lot. 9th grade was focused on tests & reading comprehension, so that was pretty standard. My 10th grade class was all over the place, and there was a lot of grammar, creative writing, and poetry. My 11th grade class was mostly project-based, but we did have lengthy essay tests. All done in the classroom, though. I remember the 11th grade projects the most. Those, I would say, were helpful in learning. The rest not as much. I felt prepared for my college classes, but only because I took a dual enrollment English class my senior year of high school with a local community college. I think if I hadn’t taken that DE class, I would have felt behind when I got to college. One thing I never quite caught up on, though, was that I missed out on a lot of the books that are pretty standard reading in high school, so when my college English professor would later reference them, I was totally lost. For example, my HS read Lord of the Flies in the 12th grade, but I wasn’t in that class–because I was taking the DE college class instead. There were a good handful of books like that.

          • Maraia

            Grammar is one thing I NEVER had. Everything I know about grammar I either learned from my dad or from taking so many foreign languages.

            I took English through a district-wide program run in conjunction with one of the universities, so I’m with you on feeling like you missed out on a lot of standard high school reading. Yes, we read Shakespeare, but we didn’t read the same plays as everyone else, and that’s the closest we came to standard reading. I never read Lord of the Flies, either, and that one really seems like a HS must-read. (On the other hand, we got to read We by Zamyatin, my first and favorite dystopian novel.) Thank goodness for dual enrollment! I’m glad your small town at least offered that.

            • Stormy

              Oh, we had SO many units on grammar. I’m pretty sure 50% of my freshman year of high school was focused on diagramming sentence. I think it’s may have been because we on our state-mandated standardized test we took every year, grammar was a huge part of the English portion.

              My reading in HS ending up being so weird. I read some of the HS classics in class, since the English dual enrollment was only for senior year, so at least freshman & sophomore year were pretty standard. Then we had Honors English for 11th grade, so we read some of the set curriculum(like The Great Gatsby), but we also read some other stuff(like The Crucible). And my senior year reading was just weird. I actually ended up reading The Scarlet Letter 4 times senior year, which drove me slightly batty. I had to read it for my 1st semester DE class, but then I also participated in UIL(University Interscholastic League–it’s the board that governs extracurriculars in Texas & sets the rules for sports, one-act play, etc, but they also had academic competitions). I did a Literary Criticism competition, and every year they picked a novel, a play, and a collection of poems for us to read and analyze. The novel they happened to pick that year? The Scarlet Letter. So I ended up reading it before our district competition, then our regional competition, and then our state competition. Then I got to college the next year and we read it again in my American Lit class. I actually like The Scarlet Letter, but I don’t plan on reading it again for a long, long time.

              • Maraia

                FOUR TIMES?! I haven’t even read The Scarlet Letter once. I think that not reading it for a long, long time is completely reasonable.
                Part of me is envious that you learned so much grammar, but a cynical part of me thinks, “why bother, no one else uses proper grammar, anyways.”
                I did read (and hated) The Great Gatsby, so I guess that’s one standard HS novel I managed! Along with To Kill A Mockingbird, but that was in middle school.

  2. Yay for finishing your first draft! That is a great gift to yourself!

    If I can choose from all the various classes I took in high school, I would say most specifically yearbook was my favorite class. For a more general subject, it probably was English. I did like history a lot, but unfortunately I didn’t have very good teachers for it in high school.

    • Stormy

      The finished draft is a great feeling! Lots of work to do in revising but at least the story is there.

      I only really remember one history teacher I had in HS, but I guess I actually only took 2 years of it since that was all that was required for my graduation program, and one year was a college class I took for dual credit.

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