Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post.
This week has been pretty quiet and relaxing, for the most part. Last Saturday, my friend Jamee and I explored the Inman Park Festival (an annual outdoor festival here in Atlanta where local vendors and artists sell their wares). Despite it being ridiculously crowded and blazing hot, it was such a fun day! We bought matching flower crowns, watched a parade, ate some of the best Thai food I’ve ever had, and even stopped by my favorite local bookstore. Then, I took my last final on Monday, so I’ve been enjoying the freedom of being officially DONE with school for the semester! To celebrate being done, my best friend and I walked over to Centennial Park the next day, ate an outdoor lunch there, and then explored the aquarium for a few hours (she has an annual pass, which comes with a guest pass). Then, we walked over to CNN Center and grabbed some ice cream. Such a relaxing way to celebrate the end of school. Thursday, some of my other friends and I visited various thrift and consignment shops around the city, where I found a few great pieces for summer! The past few days have been gloomy and rainy here, so it’s been the perfect reading weather.
Also, in blog news, I’ll be announcing my new co-blogger this week!! Get excited. 🙂
I obviously had to purchase the new Lara Jean book immediately. And when I saw Strange the Dreamer at my local indie bookstore, I couldn’t resist that dang gorgeous cover.
Both borrowed from my library– Heartless on audio; ACOWAR in e-book format.
From Netgalley. (This one was SO GOOD, guys, omg. My review should be up in a couple weeks.)
Books Read/Currently Reading
It was definitely a productive reading week. Salt was definitely the standout of the week– the best poetry I’ve read in ages. If you’re a poetry fan, I can’t recommend checking out Nayyirah Waheed’s work enough. I think she and this collection are vastly underrated, especially compared to the popular poetry collections out there. I adored Secret of a Heart Note— the concept was so unique, and it was executed extremely well. I have lots of mixed feelings about Fireworks— it was okay??
*~Unpopular opinion time~* ACOWAR was… a mess. Such a mess. I was not planning on reading it, because not only had I kinda lost interest in the series and SJM’s writing in general, but I also had some moral qualms with supporting this book/series/author financially. I decided to pick it up when I was browsing my library’s collection of ebooks and, to my surprise, they had this one. I buddy read it (critically) with my dear friend Emily @ Possibly Literate. I had so many problems with the representation here– especially of asexuality, bisexuality, and well, sexuality in general. Maas’s treatment of these characters and, especially, these identities within the context of this world, was so sloppy. It was abundantly clear no sensitivity readers had touched this book. I also had issues with the pacing and the lack of character growth in Feyre & Co. in this final installment. Plus, I haven’t read a book by SJM in so long, and I… had never realized how tedious her writing can be. There was so much repetition of words and phrases, and the ellipses and em dashes were just excessive. Idk. This was a disappointing end to this series. I’ve definitely fallen out of love with Sarah J. Maas’s books and characters, I think.
Ahhhh, I am LOVING spending time with Lara Jean again. <3 I adore this series so much; I can’t recommend it highly enough! I’m listening to the audiobook of Heartless and really enjoying it so far! The narrator is excellent.
Currently Obsessing Over
Bill Nye Saves the World // Thank you, Netflix, for bringing Bill Nye the Science Guy back to my television screen. I think this show is more nostalgia for my fellow millenials thank anything else, but I really enjoyed the episode on human sexuality! I have a few qualms with the show, but it’s really fun.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries // I also recently started rewatching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries from the beginning! Omg, my heart. This webseries is completely genius. I can’t believe it’s been FIVE YEARS since this show started.
Abigail Lapell, Hide Nor Hair // This artist came up in my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist a few weeks ago, and I immediately went to check out her full album. It’s exactly the kind of dark folk I can’t get enough of.
How was your week? Did you do anything fun, or buy any exciting books? What are you currently obsessing over?
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