The Sunday Wrap-Up{86}

Posted June 21, 2015 by Stormy in Books / 27 Comments


My Week

 I was really busy this week because. . . well, remember my good news from last week? I’m going back to school to get a Master’s of Science in library science, starting in August! And I’ve been busy trying to get things set up(you know, registering for classes, filling out a gazillion forms, etc.) I’m going half time for the first semester, and the first two classes I’m taking are online, so this doesn’t mean a move or anything(yet), but I’m excited to start feeling like I’m working towards something again. The job search can be so draining that way, especially when I’ve always been an ambitious person. For now the job search continues, but at least I have goals now. I’ve been considering this particular grad school option for two years now, on and off, but something always stopped me. In March I decided it was time to do something about it.


On Book Blog Bake

 Monday I reviewed Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.
Wednesday I reviewed Second Position by Katherine Locke.
Thursday I shared another installment of my On the Maybe shelf feature.
Friday I reviewed Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman.


Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Reid Jenkins
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgewick
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler


I’ve mostly been on a book buying ban because I’ve been trying to get through the TBR, but I got the chance to go to a bookstore on Friday and that’s rare where I live. Plus, I haven’t bought books in months(except for The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, but I had a gift card and already read that), so I figured one or two couldn’t hurt.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Kraken by China Mieville

 Question of the Week:

 What was your last 5 star read? Mine was Midwinterblood! (if you don’t rate books at all, just share your last book where you thought “wow, this is going on my favorites shelf!”)



27 responses to “The Sunday Wrap-Up{86}

  1. I’m sorry I’m so late for the congrats but OMG THAT’S AWESOME! I know the whole “should I grad school” thing has been something you’ve tossed around for a few years and it’s always fun to start a new program and have a PLAN. You’re going to do great!

  2. Incidentally, my last 5-star read was Uprooted and I really hope you’ll like it!
    Congratulations on enrolling in your Master’s program, it sounds exciting.
    I’ve been trying really hard to ban myself from buying/requesting books and I’ve been doing alright these past three weeks or so but now I’m itching to get something new 🙂 My tbr is pretty insane (both phyiscal and digital)…

    • Stormy

      I’ve been reading Uprooted really slowly because I was reading Emmy & Oliver at the same time, but I’m REALLY into it so far. Thank you!
      A few months ago I made a spreadsheet with all the books I own but haven’t read, and THAT is what finally got me to really cut back on my book buying.

  3. Congrats on going back to school! I have a good friend who had her masters in library science. She ended up as an archivist for studios and producers – archiving newspaper articles and props from movies and crew gifts and all sorts of things.

    The last book I read was Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen. Not quite a 5 star read, but only because I usually only give 5 stars on rereads. Definitely a strong 4. Great characters with solid arcs. Fun plot. Overall I liked the whole trilogy 🙂

    • Stormy

      Thank you! And wow, that sounds like a great job!(My concentration will be in archival studies, so I’m fascinated & hopeful by the varied type of jobs).
      I need to read Lion Heart! I like the series, but I don’t LOVE it like a lot of people do.

  4. Congratulations!! So exciting!

    Uprooted is fantastic! Hope you love it. I’d say that might have been my last 5 star book – still have to post a review though!

    • Stormy

      Thank you!
      I’ve read 80 pages of Uprooted & already love it–I already think it could be a 5 star read for me.

  5. Ahhh this is so awesome! Congratulations 😀 I’m doing the whole grad school thing right now as well, so I totally get what you mean about all the forms and shenanigans! I hope you get all the classes you want 🙂

    • Stormy

      Thank you! I’ve already registered for my first classes, so I got the easy path there. There are SO many forms though. I do NOT remember undergrad having so much paperwork! I’m half-convinced managing to do all that in a timely & orderly fashion in the first assignment.

  6. That’s awesome that you’re going back to school! I’m still on the fence about going back for my MLS. Working in a library is interesting but not quite what I was expecting. Hope it all goes well for you!

    • Stormy

      It’s kinda interesting the misconceptions people have about libraries–I know I’ve tried to explain so much to my family already! My current concentration that I applied for is actually archival studies(which is a concentration in the MLS degree in this program), so while I would totally be cool with working in a library my dream goal with this degree is definitely more in the archive area or special collection than say, a public library.

  7. Yayyyyyy, I’m so excited for you!! My friend from college got this Master’s, and she’s never been happier. I think it’s great, because you’ll be surrounded by what you love. What could be better? And if you’re starting out online, hopefully you’ll still have time to keep writing. 🙂

    I gave The Martian 5 stars. Have you read it yet? I’m also 2/3 done with Every Last Word, and depending on how the ending goes, it’s looking like a 5-star as well.

    • Stormy

      Ooh that’s so good to hear! I’m really excited but also nervous because the whole field does not have the best job market. . . (but honestly, I feel like any job area I’d want to work it/would be competent at are all the ones that are not booming).

      I haven’t read The Martian, but I really want too! I think our tiny small library might *actually* have it so I might try it through there.

      • Exactly. Jobs are hard to come by no matter what (unless you want to be a primary care doctor!), so you might as well do something you love.

        Wowww, I’m impressed! I think you’ll like it a lot. The MC is hilarious.

  8. I wondered if you were going back to school! Congrats! That is exciting!

    On Goodreads my last 5 star was All Our Yesterdays, but the real rating is 4.5 so that doesn’t really count. My last true 5 star was Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs. It’s a Christian non-fiction memoir, and I just LOVED her voice.

    • Stormy

      Thank you! I’m definitely excited. Haha, you’re the second person who last gave 5 stars to AOY(though, as you said, it was a 4.5 for you). Hmm, I might have to check Let’s All Be Brave. I don’t read them much anymore, but I did used to really love spiritual memoirs.

      • I don’t read them much either, but I had heard good things and thought it might be a good graduation gift (I knew 11 high school graduates that I wanted to get things for!), so I read it first and just loved the experience. It was like having a friend talk to you.

    • Stormy

      Thank you! and OOOOOOH I LOVE LOVE LOVE All Our Yesterdays! It’s probably my favorite YA time travel novel, and I LOVE time travel novels!

  9. Congrats on going back to school! That is awesome. I just read Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen and it was so beautiful. I am not usually a huge fan of books written in verse, but this one was wonderfully done. A 5 star read for sure.

    • Stormy

      Thank you! Oh, I haven’t heard of that one. I’ll have to check it out! I’m not a huge fan of verse novels, but I did like The Weight of Water, which is in verse.

  10. Have fun in grad school! I have one friend who got her master’s degree and is now a librarian, and she seems to love it! My impression is that the job market is still tough–she’s moving and has interviews only for part time positions in her new area–but what job market isn’t tough these days anyway? I’m all for pursuing dreams! 🙂

    • Stormy

      Thank you! It’s always good to hear about people who have had similar degrees. Yeah, honestly, the job market thing is what kept me from applying to start school *last* year, because I’ve read a lot on it and it is very tough. But I think there came a point where I just needed to go for it, because otherwise I would have let that keep me away for ever and I’m not having a ton of good luck in the job market I got my BA in, so it’s one of those things that was a HUGE pro vs. con decision, but I kinda had to go for it at some point. I’m still nervous about that aspect, but excited!

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