Sunday Weekly Wrap Up (28) & Stacking the Shelves (13)

Sunday weekly wrap up

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This. Gif. Is. Perfect.

Anyway.

This is going to be a bigger post than usual because of the rather large amount of books I’ve borrowed/bought/received this week.

As it’s getting closer to my HSC examinations, you might notice that I won’t post daily.

I’m going to do my best to continue posting every day, but as the exams get closer and closer I might have to cut down on the amount I do. Though hopefully this won’t happen until the couple of weeks before the exam, as all I’m doing now is studying. (Which is a lot harder than it sounds, by the way; THERE’S SO MUCH TO REMEMBER. URRRRRGH.)

Writing has been going slow — but it’s still going, at least! Still working my way through The Empire of Stars, which may be even longer than the first draft. Which is going to be an issue since the first draft was 90k. Erm, yeah. Looking like I’ll have to cut down on some things, but at the moment I want to focus on plot/characters rather than word length.

What’s happened this week on the blog?

Monday — Book Review: Steadfast by Claudia Gray [2/5 stars]

Tuesday — Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Wednesday — Writerly Post Wednesday: Writing Rituals!

Thursday — Book Review: Breathe by Elena Dillon [1/5 stars]

Friday — Friday Rambles: Supporting Authors

Saturday — Book Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott [3/5 stars]

And now . . . Stacking the Shelves, my favourite part of the week!

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This is the meme where you can highlight books you’ve bought/borrowed/gifted/received for review. You can read more on the meme and how to get involved here!

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Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang:

Love, love, love this book! Gorgeous cover, amazing story. And if you’re interested, there will be a review posted on Monday!

The Jewel by Amy Ewing:

I won this book proof from Walker Books — which I was so, so excited about. It looks awesome! Though I have seen some rather negative reviews of it, I am excited to see what it has to offer.

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The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson:

So I wasn’t wowed with the first book, but I couldn’t resist picking this one up. Plus, the cover is pretty!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown:

I’ve heard so much about this book! I do hope it’s good and lives up to my expectations!

Fire / Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore:

I have to admit that I did not like the first in the series very much. However, I have spoken to some people who feel as though the second and third are better than the first, so perhaps I’ll enjoy them more.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff:

Again, people have been saying good things about this series! So I was thrilled to see it sitting on the shelf.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card:

I can’t believe I haven’t read this novel yet!

Butter by Erin Jade Lange:

So I presume this novel is about butter. I haven’t actually read the description; I just thought the cover was cool.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins:

Because Isla was released not long ago, and I really want to read that novel… I thought I better read Lola, yes?

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas:

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Clearly I have the best library ever.

Breaking Point by Kristin Simmons:

All right. Wasn’t a massive fan of the first book, but thought, eh, why not give this a go?

Far From You by Tess Sharpe:

I love me a good mystery/thriller.

That’s it from me for this week. What have you added to your shelves?

What to expect from next week:

Review of Falling Into Place (Amy Zhang), More Than This (Patrick Ness); a blog post on novel length, and how long is too long; an INTERNATIONAL giveaway of Eren by Simon P. Clark — and more!

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14 thoughts on “Sunday Weekly Wrap Up (28) & Stacking the Shelves (13)

  1. WOAHHHHH THAT’S A LOT OF AWESOME BOOKS. And can I just say how excited I am that you got Dangerous GIrls???? YOU MUST put it at the top of your TBR. That is all (oh gosh, how awkward if you don’t like it…it’s okay, we can still be friends :P). Lola is also amaaaaazing. Butter was…okay. A bit hard to suspend disbelief, though. Oh, and I keep meaning to read Stormdancer, so I’ll let you be my guinea pig and tell me whether it’s good :P

    Good luck with all your studying! God, even all the content for my yearly PRELIM exams is a nightmare. We totally understand if you don’t post every day :)

    • I KNOW. SO MANY BOOKS HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO READ THEM ALL?? HAHA, I know, right?? It’ll be so weird if I end up disliking Dangerous Girls, though from what I’ve read about it, I think I’ll enjoy it at the very least. Hehe, when it comes to books, I’m happy to be a guinea pig. ^_^

  2. THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME HAUL OF EVERRRRR!!! Although good luck with exams. Sounds nervewracking. :|

    I lovelovelove Red Rising. Seriously it’s MIND BLOWING good and book #2…ohhh, I’m so excited for it! January, I think is when it comes out! ^_^ And of course Dangerous Girls is absolutely BRILLIANT. And it messes with your head. Just sayin’. ;) Lola is my favourite of them so far. But Butter? I didn’t like it. :| It’s about a morbidly obese kid who tries to eat himself to death…I just…I recommend Dead Ends by Erin Lange over it. But maybe you’ll like it more! Ender’s Game is fabulous. ;)

    • Wait. Butter is about a kid who tries to eat himself to death? O-kay. Didn’t know that, lol. But eh, I’ll give it a chance. I might like it! I just think that’s an odd concept; though, I will reserve judgement till I’m done. ^_^ I LOVE BOOKS THAT MESS WITH YOUR HEAD. Seriously. I’m sure I’ll really like Dangerous Girls!

  3. Ahh, I really need to get Falling into Place! I’ve heard sooo many good things about it! Dude, can’t wait for your The Jewel review. I can’t decide whether or not to actually read it. So many other books to read. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Red Rising as well. DANGEROUS GIRLS. I NEED TO READ THAT. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. Far from You was a book that I actually enjoyed quite a bit. Didn’t review it because I wasn’t reviewing at the time, but I really enjoyed the idea. I hope you enjoy it :)

    • I’m looking forward to Far From You, actually. I hadn’t heard many things about it before I borrowed it, however I love mysteries, so I figured there was a decent chance of enjoying it. I’m a little sceptical of The Jewel, but I’ll let you know what I think of it. :)

  4. I REALLY have to get Dangerous Girls and also Falling Into Place seems to be around a lot too. It looks AWESOME. Good luck for studying (and exams, when they finally make an appearance) – and I totally know how you feel with having to know everything (or at least it feels that way)! I loved loved Lola and I thought Butter was interesting, if not a bit unusual.

    • I’m rather sceptical of Butter at the moment — have heard very mixed things — however maybe it will surprise me. You never know. I’m SO EXCITED for Dangerous Girls (but alas, there are books that need to go back to the library beforehand…) and Falling Into Place was really great. :)

  5. Wow, you really did get a lot of books! Hope you can get through them all. There are so many books on your list that I would love to read. Good luck with your studying and your exams, I remember how hard it was and I feel for you. And good luck with The Empire of the Stars. One of the YA novels I am working on is currently 108k so I have a lot of cutting to do too.
    Happy reading :)

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