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Weekly Wrap-Up (48)

Hey all, Dani here.

It has been a busy and productive week of reading, that’s for sure. I can honestly blame my time at work for that, which is awesome. I’m going to take advantage of being able to read at work for the next few months, because I have no idea what position I’ll be going to once I’m finished with my temporary office position.

Anyway, welcome back to my weekly post where I talk about what I’ve read and done and watched in the past week. It’s pretty great. I can’t talk about video gaming in this week’s post because I haven’t really done any game play. Oops, but I’ll try to get to that a little bit soon.

Okay, let’s talk about watches for a minute. We watched “Justice League” again, and then we went to see “Jumanji: The Next Level” at the theater again. I also finally got Damian to finish watching the first season of “The Magicians” and then we started season two. Oh, and I decided to give the new “Charmed” series a try, but I’ve watched two episodes and I’m not exactly impressed with it. Has anyone else watched it? Does it get better or should I give up now? I also decided to start watching the new series of “Fruits Basket,” and I am really enjoying it so far. Oh, and I randomly decided to try watching the show “Good Girls,” because it seemed like random contemporary drama fun, and sometimes I like shows like that. I don’t think it’s a show I’m going to be watching obsessively or anything, but it is a decently enjoyable show so far.

Now let’s talk about books.

In the past week I have done quite a bit of reading, which I’m super happy about. Honestly with my 2020 Reading Planner that I got from OwlCrate, I’ve been keeping track of how many pages I read each day, so I’ll probably talk about that in a later post, probably my January Wrap-Up. Anyway, the books I completed over the week are: Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters, Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya, A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer, Reverie by Ryan La Sala, Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, and Highfire by Eoin Colfer.

Okay, okay, I have to pause here to admit that I actually ended up DNFing Reverie. I tried to pick it up a few different times and tried to press on when I just wasn’t feeling at all invested in the story and the characters, and it just wasn’t working for me at all. I wanted to enjoy the book because the concept sounded really interesting, but it just felt like a slog, so I gave up. I guess the book just wasn’t meant for me, and that’s okay. I’m trying to be better now and in the future about being okay with putting a book down and walking away from it.

I’m in the middle of or getting started on a few books that I’m hoping will all be as amazing as they sound: All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace, The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet, and The Toll by Neal Shusterman.

As for what I’m hoping to read next, well, I really want to read Infinity Son by Adam Silvera and Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, but I don’t think I’ll have copies in my hands until the final couple days of the month, so they definitely wouldn’t be books that I’ll read in the next week.

So here’s a picture I took a couple days ago of books that sound interesting to me right now, whether because I haven’t read them yet and want/need to, or because I need a re-read before the sequel comes out. For Sky Without Stars, I’ve been granted access on NetGalley to the sequel, and for We Hunt the Flame and The Missing of Clairdelune I have read a whole bunch of books since them so I want a refresher before I head into the next books.

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The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood is another book I’d like to read soon, because I was just approved for it on NetGalley and it will be released in just a couple more weeks, so I’d like to get as up-to-date as I can with my NetGalley reads and reviews. My review to approval ratio is a lot lower than I’d like it to be. I do have a goal this year to at least get up to 80%, so I should try and work on writing up all those reviews, and reading the ones I just didn’t read yet.

Basically I just plan to do a whole lot of reading and writing and blog prep, which might end up meaning that there will be bonus reviews coming.

All right, well that is all from me for today, but I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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