Weekly Novel Rewind (36)

Posted September 15, 2018 by Madalyn || 6 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’m back home from BookNet Fest, and I’m sad about it. I’m hoping to have a full recap post of the weekend of BookNet Fest up within the next week, but I had the BEST time at BNF this year. It was wonderful to see all of my old bookish friends and make some awesome new ones. If you’re able to attend in the future, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Basically, this week has been full of working and catching up on chores. I’m starting to look for a more stable, full-time job, which is stressful. BUT I did get to hang out with one of my best friends this week– we went to a local brewery that I hadn’t tried before, and I think I found my new favorite beer– it’s an earl grey sour with lactose, vanilla, and lavender (modeled after a London Fog, which is my fave tea drink!). I also made a pretty excellent quiche on my day off, so all things considered, it was a pretty solid week.

Book Haul


My awesome friend Taylor sent me her ARC of The Brilliant Death, and I cannot waitttttt to read it. I’ve missed Amy Rose Capetta’s prose. *heart eyes* I picked up The House on Mango Street in the mystery book swap at BookNet Fest. Somehow I’ve never read this classic, but the timing is perfect because it will make the perfect read for Hispanic Heritage Month this month!

For Review:

Ummm, so this was a week of exciting ARC approvals! My most-anticipated nonfiction release of 2019. One of my most-anticipated debuts of 2019. New TJR + Tahereh Mafi. And a WWII historical fic with sapphic undertones. I AM SO PUMPED FOR ALL OF THESE.

Books Read/Currently Reading



I haven’t been in the mood to read as much lately, but I have been doing a decent amount of audiobook listening! So Sad Today was one of the best essay collections I’ve read in a long while– I love how Melissa Broder speaks as someone who is very much struggling with mental illness, but who also is actively trying to get better. I appreciated how candidly she talked about things like mental illness and substance abuse (although I could have done with a lot fewer specific details about her sex life, tbh). I finally finished my audio reread of TATBILB and ugh this series has such a piece of my heart.

Currently Reading:

I’m continuing my audiobook kick with Kristi Coulter’s Nothing Good Can Come From This, an essay collection about her relationship with alcohol. I’m also slowly making my way through Toil & Trouble!

Currently Obsessing Over


There is a universal truth that anytime a new season of The Great British Baking Show hits Netflix, I will drop everything else and watch it. While no one could ever replace Sue and Mel or Mary Berry in our hearts, I think the new hosts are great and add a fun new energy to the show, and Prue is a delight. Also, Steven is now one of my all-time favorite Bake Off contestants and I will protect him at all costs.


I mean, new First Aid Kit EP. Enough said. These songs feel so introspective and intimate, and as always, the harmonies are stunning.

How was your week? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Have you also fallen down the GBBO rabbit hole? Let’s chat in the comments!

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6 responses to “Weekly Novel Rewind (36)

  1. Welcome back! Life after a conference/convention is so exhausting. Today was my first day back after a work conference and I’m still in a fog.

    I hope Enchantee is good! I love that it’s time for 2019 ARCs because I’ve got my eye on quite a few of them!

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