Weekly Novel Rewind (13)

Posted September 23, 2017 by Madalyn || 8 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

Happy weekend, friends! This has been an odd week on my end. I’ve been dealing with lots of insomnia this week, and lack of sleep is not a good look for me. For me, sleep issues usually signal an upcoming downturn in my mental health. I kind of feel like I’m at the beginning of a depressive episode, but hopefully I can take this weekend to reset and do some self care so that I get back to myself again.

Onto happier things from this week: my university hosted our annual high school choral day, SingFest, and though being around 450 high-schoolers for seven hours was immensely tiring, the day went incredibly well overall! Tuesday was also my best friend’s 21st birthday, and a group of us went bowling that night to celebrate– it was so much fun (and ya girl got two strikes in a row)! Also, I got my ancestry DNA results back from 23AndMe, which was super exciting! There were no real surprises, but it was really cool to see the numbers.

Book Haul

I received an ARC of Nice Try, Jane Sinner for review, and I treated myself to a copy of Autoboyography because I wanted to read it, like, now.

Books Read/Currently Reading

Read:

Young Jane Young was fabulous– definitely a new release I think deserves much more attention than it has received. If you like political stories and/or feminist stories, you’ll love it. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed Poison Study! It’s been on my TBR forever, and I’m so happy I finally picked it up. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll continue with the series, simply because the second book gets not-so-great reviews (and I LOATHE disappointing sequels more than almost anything else), but this first book was an excellent YA fantasy.

Currently Reading:

I picked up Autoboyography pretty much immediately after purchasing it, and I am LOVING it thus far. I grew up in an area with a large Mormon population, and two of my best friends in the world grew up in or are still part of the church. This book takes such an honest look at the LDS church (and religion in general), for all its good and bad. Plus, the main character identifies as bisexual and specifically uses that label, which always makes me love a book.

I’m also listening to the audiobook for What Happened, which is, needless to say, a tough listen (I made it eight minutes into the book before I cried). But it’s also a fascinating, honest one. I highly recommend the audio, which is narrated by Clinton herself.

Currently Obsessing Over

Using:

The Ordinary products // Okay, you guys. I have officially drunk The Ordinary Kool-Aid, and I am now fully on board this hype train. They’re a skincare brand that prides itself on simple, straightforward formulas at reasonable prices. I’ve been testing out their skincare for a few months, and I can officially say it’s doing wonders for my skin. I’m currently using the Hyaluronic Acid, 100% Squalane, and Caffeine Solution as part of my nightly routine– my dark circles have improved so much with the caffeine serum, and my ultra-dry skin feels hydrated and happy. I also have been testing their serum foundation, which I am LOVING so far. If you’re a skincare junkie or are interested in trying out some new products/ingredients without breaking the bank (seriously, everything I’ve ordered has been under $10), I can’t recommend The Ordinary enough.

Listening:

Joseph, Stay Awake EP // I love the talented three-sister band of Joseph, and their newest EP has been on constant repeat in my apartment recently. If you like gorgeous harmonies and great songwriting, you must check it out!


How was your week? Did you get any exciting new books? What are you currently obsessing over?

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Madalyn is a 20-something music student and lifelong lover of reading. When she's not reading or singing, you're likely to find her drinking coffee, traveling, or buying more lipstick than one person could possibly need.
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  • Alexandra Someillan

    Thank you the skincare comment recommendations! I love skincare and makeup! Do you do Ipsy!? I am obsessed with it! I am totally getting the Hillary Clinton on audible as well!

    • I am such a skincare/makeup junkie! I did Ipsy in the past and loved it, but I’m taking a break right now to try out some different products. Yes, you definitely have to listen to What Happened!!

  • How good is Autoboyography? I have nothing but love for that book. I hope you love it too.

    • Oh my gosh, SO good. One of the most honest, romantic books I’ve read all year. So glad we both enjoyed it!

  • Greg Hill

    I never though of doing an ancestry analysis like that, but what a great idea. I’ll have to look into that! And I kinda want to read the new Hillary book too.

    Have a great weekend and week ahead!!

    https://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/

    • You definitely should! My whole family is doing it so we can see how we all compare genetically. 23AndMe gives you tons of interesting results aside from genetics, too. I was on the fence about reading What Happened, but all the reporters on my favorite politics podcast were raving about it, and I’m so glad I decided to listen to it. Thank you; happy reading this week!!

  • Hope you can reset this weekend and get past the sleep issues. Oh I so want to do that DNA stuff. I would love to see if there are any surprises! I almost bought Autoboyography the other day but still might have to pick it up soon. I am so glad you enjoyed Young Jane Young. What a great book!! Have a great week!

    • Thank you! It’s been a much-needed relaxing weekend. I had so much fun reading my 23AndMeResults– you should TOTALLY do it. Autoboyography was great! Heartbreaking, romantic, honest, and just so well-written. Young Jane Young is definitely a much-needed book. Happy reading this week, Grace! 🙂