Weekly Novel Rewind (10) + Madalyn’s Going to BookNet Fest!

Posted August 27, 2017 by Madalyn || 16 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post.

Life Updates


I survived my first week of this semester! I had a really fantastic first week, actually; I’m so excited to be back on campus with my friends, and I love all my classes so far. This is super cheesy, but my heart was full to bursting after our first choir rehearsal Friday. It’s so great to be back with my favorite choir in the world. I also managed to squeeze in time between classes for a lot of fun social things with friends this week! On Monday, my friends and I all went up to this campus building with a balcony to watch the solar eclipse– we reached 98% totality here in Atlanta, so the view was pretty spectacular. Friday night, two of my friends and I tried this trendy new tapas restaurant in Midtown– the food and the drinks were both SO good. Tonight (Saturday), one of my best friends is throwing a lil housewarming get-together at her new apartment, which should be tons of fun.

In other news… this time next week, I’ll be in Orlando for BookNet Fest!!! I’m staying with my dear friend Emily @ Possibly Literate, and we are SO excited. Will I see any of you there?! If so, please come say hi (I’ll even give you one of the business cards I had made specifically to hand out at this event, ha)!

Book Haul


You guys, it was an excellent week in review copies, omg. I got TBDATE through #booksfortrade, and the other three are from the publishers, via Netgalley. These are all some of my most-anticipated upcoming releases!

Books Read/Currently Reading


Read // A bit of a slow reading week for me, but so it goes. Branches is, hands-down, one of the BEST poetry collections I’ve read in ages. Rhiannon McGavin is so, so talented. I had pretty mixed feelings about Spinning; my review will be up this Thursday!

Currently reading // I’m only about 150 pages in, and I’ve already cried once, so. Basically, I can feel that Adam Silvera is once again going to rip my heart out of my chest with this book.

Currently Obsessing Over


Listening // Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do”

Okay, though I take issue with Taylor Swift as a person, and I especially hate her victimhood narrative that this song perpetuates, she’ll always be my problematic fave. This song is far from the pinnacle of smart songwriting, but it’s so damn catchy. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super intrigued to see what the Reputation era holds for T-Swift and her music.

Wearing // Karrueche x Colourpop, “She” eyeshadow palette

I am having a moment with this eyeshadow palette from Colourpop. It’s full of warm tones (my fave), the quality of their pressed eyeshadows continues to impress me, and the packaging on this palette is stunning. Definitely recommend if you wanna rock a warm-toned eye for fall without breaking the bank!

How was your week? Tell us about what you’re currently reading and/or obsessing over in the comments!

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16 responses to “Weekly Novel Rewind (10) + Madalyn’s Going to BookNet Fest!

  1. I believe that a good start to anything is a foreshadowing for the rest of its duration. Therefore, your year will be excellent by the looks of your first week. I missed the eclipse, but the view wasn’t great in NJ anyhow.

  2. Yay for a fantastic first week!! Hope you enjoy BookNet Fest. I hope to get to They Both Die At the End soon. I generally like Taylor Swift’s music but not a fan of her really. At least what she puts out there. I don’t love this song though. Have a great week!

  3. Sydney West

    I’m so glad you had a great first week. I was always really excited to see my school friends as well. Hope the excitement carries you the through the semester.

  4. I keep forgetting that it’s school time again, I’m happy to hear that it was a good first week! I hope the semester stays chill for you.

    And omg the blogger fest! I totally forgot about it. I’m bummed that I can’t go because I’ll be going to Disney in mid October – can’t afford that trip twice in one year. BUT I HOPE YOU HAVE ALL OF THE FUN.

    • Thank you! 🙂 I’m so excited for BookNet Fest, although it totally snuck up on me. Ahh, but Disney this fall will be so worth the wait! I love going in October when they have their Halloween decorations up around the parks.

  5. I hope you have a GREAT time in Orlando!! It sounds like it’ll be super fun!
    I got 27 Hours recently too and I’m really excited. I’m a little hesitant about it now that I saw Aimal’s review discussing the colonialism/race issues, but I’m still really looking forward to reading it.
    Taylor is my problematic fave, too. I know she’s FAR from perfect, but I absolutely adore her music. I can’t wait for her new album.

    • Thank you!!! I’m super excited (also nervous, because anxiety, but I know it’ll be really fun). Yes, I agree about 27 Hours. I’m really thankful for Aimal’s review so that now I can be aware of the issues with race representation before I start reading. And with Taylor, like, I KNOW she’s a problematic human who seems to dig herself deeper and deeper into a hole with each passing day, but I just… can’t stay away. Have a great week, Kourtni!

  6. Leah Wong

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on They Both Die at the End. That book is a must!

    Have fun at school and in Orlando!

    • Omg. I finished TBDATE this weekend, and I think I’m permanently broken. But, like, in a good way??? I agree; that book is a must-read for everyone! It was so beautifully written. And aw, thank you! I hope you have a fantastic week!

  7. Ahhh, TBDATE. What a great find on #booksfortrade! I cannot wait to see what you think of it 🙂 I’m excited to get it at the festival this weekend – well I hope so at least. I hope you have an amazing time in Orlando, love <3

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