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Weekly Wrap-Up (21)

Hey all, Dani here.

It is once again time for the weekly wrap-up, where I talk about all of the books I’ve finished, the ones I’m currently reading, and my plans for the upcoming week, as well as  talk about what Damian and I have done and watched over the last week. For the record, I think this might be a pretty big wrap up for just one week.

Let’s just jump into it.

Books read: Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks, Wicked Fox by Kat Cho, The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, Screen Queens by Lori Goldstein, Specter by Katie Jane Galloway, The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin, and Vox Machina Origins II Issue #1 by Matthew Mercer, Jody Houser, Olivia Samson, Msassyk, and Ariana Maher.

After seeing a lot of other people doing a similar thing, I decided to use July to sit in on the two OWLs I did not complete for the OWLs Readathon, so that I can sit in on my NEWTs in August, so I need to complete Defense Against the Dark Arts: Title that starts with “R,” and History of Magic: A book published 10+ years ago. To complete those I will be reading Roomies by Christina Lauren and I will be re-reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because I finally got my 20th Anniversary Ravenclaw House Edition.

I’m participating in the July round of #AGameofBooksathon, and the prompts are genre based, so I’ve completed Horror by reading Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher, Middle Grade by reading Keeper of the Lost Cities, and Contemporary/Romance by reading Screen Queens by Lori Goldstein.

I also last minute decided to join the DND Readathon, which is a readathon based on Dungeons & Dragons. The first round, which is taking place this month, is the round focused on the Races of D&D. Basically by completing all the prompts for a certain race, you can choose that race for the character you will be building throughout all the different rounds. So, based on the books I had already planned on reading, and on the prompts that I found, I will be aiming for the race of Dwarf. The prompts for Dwarf are to read a book with foil on the cover, read a classic, and read a book you acquired for the cover. So I will be reading The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, and The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill. So I’m doing pretty well on this readathon already too.

My current reading plans are all over the place, because honestly I’m in a bit of a mood reading phase at the moment. Though I do have a TBR in place for a couple different readathons, it’s like I’d rather be reading other books at the moment. Plus I know I have quite a few NetGalley ARCs piling up on my Kindle app. So I have a lot of reading I’m hoping to be doing over the next week and a half while at work. Because, yes, I am on one of my favorite jobs, one where I can actually write blog posts, watch some BookTube videos, and read books while technically on the clock. As long as things are running smoothly with my system, my time is fairly free. It’s great.

So these are the books I’m reading at the moment, or will be starting very soon. I’m looking forward to all of them, so I will say a quick thank you to the publishers for being so kind as to grant me copies of each of these books through NetGalley. Speaking of NetGalley, I have been approved for quite a few books these past few weeks, and I’m honestly thinking that I should probably put a limit on my book buying until I catch up on some of these NetGalley reads. I think my review rating is at like 69% or something like that, and I would love to be at the 80% or higher that they recommend you have. It’s just that I’ve really been in a physical book mood these past several months, so having all of these e-arcs isn’t as productive as I wish they could be. But that’s my personal problem, and is not the fault of the great stories I keep getting my hands on.

Looking at the rest of the books I’m hoping to read, oh man, I don’t know what I’m going to pick up next.

Maybe one of the above books. I don’t know. I’m actually doing really well with my readathon TBRs, so a couple of these books will finish off those TBRs, and then I’m sort of still in a contemporary romance mood, so there’s that too.

I can’t say that I’m in a reading slump, because I’m still reading quite a bit. I mean, I’ve already finished 11 books this month, which is really good. But it’s more that I’m in this weird phase where I’m not quite sure what I want to read, and it’s almost to the point of indecision leading to reading nothing or like 5 things at once, so I guess we’ll see what happens.

I’m also trying to get things all organized and prepped for our trip to Gen Con here in a few more weeks. I want to have my blog posts written and scheduled, but I also need to think about what my convention reads will be, because I always like to take a book or two with me, so I can read them before bed, first thing in the morning, and sometimes while waiting in lines.

Oh yeah, and then there’s what we’ve watched to talk about as well. We’ve made more progress on getting through “The Big Bang Theory” Season Five, and we watched “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Men In Black International,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two,” “Ghostbusters,” “LEGO Ninjago,” and “The Pacifier.”

Wow. we watched a lot of stuff. To be fair it was a holiday weekend and we decided to be cheap and lazy and not really do a lot of running around and stuff. So aside from going to the drive-in movie theater to see the new Spider-Man and MIB, we didn’t really go anywhere. We ended up lounging around and watching a whole lotta movies. Which was nice and relaxing, so I’m okay with it.

Okay, well this has been a rather lengthy weekly wrap-up post, but hey that happens sometimes. I had a lot of books to talk about. That’s all for today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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