July 7, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up 07/07/13



Reviews:

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Violet Hour by Katherine Hill

Read:

The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey

The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau

The Translator by Nina Schuyler

The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner

Currently Reading:
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

Upcoming:

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Zinsky the Obscure by Ilan Mochari

Mandatory Release by Jess Riley


Bloggish/Bookish Business:

June Wrap-Up <~ It was a good month in books!

The first half of the year is over <~ I picked my favorite books for the 2nd quarter of 2013

I guest blogged at Sophisticated Dorkiness about my discovery of author Daniel James Brown. I hope you'll check it out.

Congrats to Michelle from The True Book Addict. She won my 1st blogoversary giveaway, hooray!

I hope everyone had a great week and that all of my friends in the US had a fabulous 4th!

I totally wore this outfit on Thursday.

95 comments:

  1. Whoa. I did not need to see THAT. ;)

    So are you reading the Meany as part of the Estella Project Summer Readalong too?

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    1. Ha ha! There's a vision that will stick in your head ;)

      Yep, that's why I'm going to read Meany!

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  2. Looks like you had a great reading week! I'm off to check your review of The Queen's Vow. I've read two of Gortner's books and simple love his writing style.

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    1. I guess I'll have to wait for your review!

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    2. LOL, yes! I was just going to comment that I only finished it up this morning. :) Spoiler alert: It was GREAT!

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  3. You had a wonderful week!!! I have added a few to my wish list :)

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    1. Yes I did! Glad to hear that Lori!

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  4. Zinsky the Obscure sounds like a fun one!

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    1. I hope it is, it sounds a bit crazy in a good way :)

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  5. You are just so darned productive!

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  6. Good week, Jennifer -- you're amazing! Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier!

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    1. Thanks, it really was a good week :) You're super welcome!

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  7. Mandatory Release looks quite interesting. You seem to have had a good week!

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    1. I read another by Jess Riley that was HILARIOUS so I'm really looking forward to Mandatory Release ;)

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  8. Have fun with Meany! I love that book. Maybe I will go ahead and reread it. You all seem to be having fun with it :-D

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  9. Bahahaha! I bet you pulled off the outfit better than Ferrell did. ;) So does this mean you haven't started Owen Meany yet? I'm about 25% through but it's slow going so far. Enjoyable but slow...

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    1. Oh yea, I was SEXY, ha ha! Nope, haven't started yet. I read too damn fast so I thought I'd start late, lol.

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  10. Ooo, I've heard great things about The Light in the Ruins. Looking forward to your thoughts!

    P.S. Love your 4th of July outfit. ;-)

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    1. Me too! I'm only a little way in but so far so good :)

      Ha! Thanks! I really should have taken a picture, lol.

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  11. I can't wait for your review of Wonder Bread Summer! And I love the cover for Mandatory Release.

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    1. I *think* I'll be posting a review of Wonder Bread on the 15th. Mark your calendar, ha ha!

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  12. I'm still on the fence about joining the MEANY read-along ... really, really want to but so many other books are piled up. (I'll probably cave in and join.) Will be interested to hear your thoughts on the Bohjalian. I just finished it for my freelance book review gig.

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    1. I hope you do join in the readalong! The more the merrier :)

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  13. I didn't realize there was an Owen Meany read-along. I had just commented on another blog how 2 of my fave books were by John Irving but couldn't get past the 1st chapter of this book!

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    1. Maybe you should give it another whirl? ;)

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  14. Looks like you had a great week - hope you have another. And hope your 4th was great...

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  15. Oh, John Irving (I am going to do this every time you mention him :-) )
    I haven't read Owen Meany yet, so I am very curious to see what you say about it.

    Have a great reading week!
    Kind regards,

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    1. LOL! He's such a hunk! :) Thanks Bettina!

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  16. I love Owen Meany, it's so well written, and in the end, I was a mess!

    You've had a great week, and your line-up for this week seems like you'll have another great week.

    Here's my It's Monday! post for this week.

    Happy reading.

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    1. I'm fairly sure I read it, back before I was keeping track. But I'm eager to get to it again to make sure!

      Thanks Lexxie :)

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  17. The Wonder Bread Summer is on my list...hope you enjoy your week! Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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    1. Wonder Bread was a wild ride. Not quite what I expected, but still fun!

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  18. Oh, I remember that SNL skit and don't think I've laughed so hard in a long time. God bless Will Ferrell!

    Enjoy The Light in the Ruins. I think you are going to be impressed!

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    1. Isn't he the funniest?? :D

      I'm impressed so far!

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  19. The small text, ha ha :D Looks a great reading week, and I'm envious of you getting to read the Gortner :p

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    1. Hehe ;) The Gortner was soooo good!!

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  20. Excited to start hearing what everyone thinks about the new Bohjalian novel. I've read two of his books and really wanted to love them, but something about how he ends his stories always angers me. Still, his premises and plots are so much fun. Enjoy Owen Meany!

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    1. He does have a way of writing an ending that makes you lose your mind doesn't he?? We'll see how this one ends, lol.

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  21. I'll look forward to seeing what you say about Owen Meany next week since I finished last week. :-) Our book club is discussing it tonight!

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    1. Have a fun book club meeting :) There are a bunch of us reading this lately!

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  22. Looks like you had a good week. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

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    1. I really did :) Thanks for visiting Kathy!

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  23. I look forward to you sharing your thoughts on Mandatory Release once you have finished the book... Which will be in no tim knowing you :-P
    Here's to a productive reading week :-)

    My Book Bubble

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    1. LOL, I hope it's soon. I'm eager to get to it! :D

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  24. Chris Bohjalian seems to be a pretty eclectic author. I always think of The Night Strangers, and it usually throws me off a bit. Will Farrell - LOL.

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    1. Everything that I've read of his is so different from his other books, I love that :)

      Isn't Will a sexy beast in that outfit? LOL

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  25. Quite a few books there for me that I haven't heard of and must look into now! Have a great week.

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    1. Great to hear, I hope a few get added to your tbr pile. I'm sure you're running out of books to read! (ha!)

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  26. I loved Owen Meany and hope you do too!

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  27. Well now, Will Ferrell is just all kinds of hawt in that gif, isn't he? hahaha

    Zinksy sounds great! Will you be reviewing Wonder Bread Summer?

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    1. Hubba hubba right?? ;)

      I will! I'm participating in a discussion about it with a Goodreads group on the 15th so I'll post my review the same day.

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  28. I can't wait to hear what you think of Owen Meany. I read it several years ago and thought it was excellent.

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    1. I'm glad to be reading it with a group :) It's on my Classics Club list as well.

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  29. Oww curious what you think of The Sweetest Hallelujah and The Light in the Ruins. I read the first and wanted to read the last but did not get approved :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. I didn't like The Sweetest Hallelujah and I don't think I'll be reviewing it :( Did you review it? I don't remember!

      Oh rats! Not being approved is the pits!

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  30. It's funny I remember trying to read Robinson Crusoe when I was in high school and just being SO bored. I never finished it. I wanted to try again this year, but your review sort of brought back all the memories of why I had a hard time with it the first time. Lol. I'll be curious to hear how you like Prayer for Owen Meany...been on my list for awhile (I even own it) just haven't gotten around to reading it.

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    1. I almost died of boredom while reading Crusoe, lol. I'm glad it's behind me!

      There's no time like the present to read Meany! There's a readalong going on at The Estella Society!

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  31. Looks like you had a fabulous reading week! I now have a couple books to add to my TBR shelf. :) Here's to another great reading week ahead!

    New Bloglovin' follower. :)

    Ashley @ Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous

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    1. I really did :) It's my pleasure to add to fellow readers tbr piles, mauhahahaha! Thanks a million for following Ashley, I appreciate it!

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  32. Chris Bohjalian is one of those authors I keep meaning to read! Are you liking The Light in the Ruins so far? Have you read other books by him?

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    1. I'm really liking it so far :) I've read a number of his books. Another that I liked was The Sandcastle Girls.

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  33. Love Chris B.

    Enjoy your books. Looks like a good week for you.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2013/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-7813.html

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    1. He's a great writer :) Thanks Elizabeth!

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  34. I found your blog from a comment you left on a SITS Girls blog today. I'm in Wisco, too, and I love to read.
    I'm following you on Bloglovin and Twitter!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Hey Megin! Yay for Wisconsin! I'm super glad you visited! I'll hit your blog as well :) Thanks a million for following, I really appreciate that.

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  35. I love that Will Ferrell gif!

    You amaze me with how much you read and review. I totally envy your speed and dedication.

    I'n interested in the Bohjalian book myself and look forward to seeing your thoughts.

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    1. Thanks, so do I. He cracks me up :)

      Thanks so much for saying that, you're my new favorite person, lol. ;)

      The Bohjalian is really good so far. There's a mystery and I'm trying to figure it out. I hope he surprises me!

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  36. You are lined up for the week! Good for you.

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    1. Indeed I am :) Heck, I'm lined up for the next SEVERAL weeks, ha ha!

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  37. I'm finally really getting into Owen and enjoying it!

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    1. I'll definitely be starting it this week. Maybe even tomorrow (Tuesday) It depends on how quickly I finish up my current read. :D

      I'm glad you're enjoying it Andi!!

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  38. I can't join in on any readalongs this month. I'm SO behind on reviews. Glad you mentioned your guest post at S.D. Somehow I had missed it. Great story!

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    1. Should I be joining in a readalong? NO! LOL ;) I have way too many books but I'm a sucker for a readalong of a chunky book! Thanks for checking out the post on SD Laurie, I appreciate it!

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  39. Sooooooo. . . I think that I might be the only person with her mind in the gutter but when I see the title "Mandatory Release" I'm thinking of a different type of "release." Why? No clue! It just popped into my dirty mind.

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    1. Bwahahahaha!! You kill me girl, KILL ME! That's freaking hilarious, lol.

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    2. It's not something I would tell just any blogger. I knew you'd appreciate my weirdo-ness!

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    3. I absolutely appreciate it, lol.

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  40. Oooooh... that Will Ferrell gif is blinding... My eyes, my eyes! Light in the Ruins has been on my read-this-already! list for awhile now. Hope it's as good as it sounds.

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    1. Ha ha ha! He's so incredibly SEXY, lol. It's really good, I don't want to put it down!

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  41. re: Bohjalian, You won't solve the mystery (at least I didn't). It's someone you don't expect!

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  42. Have you read Skeletons at the Feast by Bohjalian? I loved it! I can't wait to get my hands on his new one. Enjoy your week!

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    1. I don't think I've read that one, looks like another to add to my tbr pile! :D

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  43. Mandatory Release has me intrigued.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. I'm really looking forward to that one :D

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  44. HapPy belated Blogoversary !
    Glad you had a great time =)

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  45. LOL ewwww Will Ferrell.

    I love how you post all the book and blogging stuff from the past week, you seem so organized and productive! I... am not. Lol.

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    1. He he, he's HAWT!

      This weekly wrap-up really helps me stay organized!

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  46. Sweet Hallelujah - I just received this one for review! It looks great!

    The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian - on my to-buy list! I hope you're enjoying it!

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - on my TBR shelves as one of my "Books I Must Read Before I Die" :)

    Great reading week for you!

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    1. I've got some GREAT stuff on tap! :D Thanks Julie!

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