Weekly Novel Rewind (9)

Posted August 19, 2017 by Madalyn || 19 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

Well, friends, I’m coming to you with the last novel rewind of the summer. I start my fall semester on Monday. *cries* I’d be lying if I said I was ready to go back, but I am excited about my schedule this semester. And, god, I can’t wait to be back in choir rehearsals. I’ve missed choir SO much. This week was pretty uneventful– I worked five days in a row (my feet are about to fall off my body, lol) and spent some time getting ready for the new semester. Wednesday night, I won the ticket lottery for the touring production of An American in Paris, so my best friend and I went to the Fox Theater here in Atlanta to see it! The plot of the musical itself was kinda “meh,” but the music, the sets, and the dancing were STUNNING. It was a really cool production that I’d definitely recommend seeing if it comes through your city! Also, two of my favorite restaurants opened locations in the market where I work this week, so that’s been awesome.

Book Haul

My book buying has been out of control this summer, but I was pretty good this week! I got the first two books through #booksfortrade (I’ve already read Everything Leads to You, but I couldn’t pass up my own copy of one of my favorite contemporaries). I had no idea Rhiannon McGavin (one of my fave YouTube poets) had any of her work published, so when I found out Branches existed, I ordered it immediately. I can’t wait to read it!

Books Read/Currently Reading


This was a mixed reading week for me. I enjoyed Persepolis, but the ending felt SO abrupt. I buddy read Wintersong with Sydney @ Sydney’s Shelves, and it was so… slow. That story had SO much potential, and there were definitely things about it that I loved (the musical elements! the retelling!), but the pacing was way off for me. And it was suuuuuuper unnecessarily angsty. I finished the book and felt like nothing had happened as far as plot. I listened to Stalking Jack the Ripper on audio, and I really enjoyed it! Can’t wait for the next one (also, I would definitely recommend the audiobook). Spell on Wheels was the graphic novel of my DREAMS, omg. Witches + road trips + diversity among the characters + feminist themes… it got a glowing five stars from me.

Currently reading:

I just started listening to this audiobook, and I can’t wait to get further into the story. I hear nothing but great things about it!

Currently Obsessing Over

I don’t have any new obsessions this week! I’m still listening nonstop to Dodie Clark’s new EP, You, which I mentioned in last week’s rewind. And still obsessing over all my favorite podcasts that I’ve mentioned 19083472673 times before in these posts, haha.

How was your week? What are you currently reading or obsessing over?

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19 responses to “Weekly Novel Rewind (9)

  1. Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts

    I really love the style of this post! Just thought I’d say that. I am going to be looking into Stalking Jack the Ripper as I’m also looking for a new audiobook to read so thank you for letting us know it’s a good one to listen to! Seems like you’ve had a good reading week. Personally I finished Bigfoot, Tobin and Me this week and started The Hate U Give, I’m also currently listening to Snow Child which is really good!! 🙂

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 Yeah, I really loved the narrator of the Stalking Jack audiobook. Yay for good reading weeks! I hope you love THUG; it’s one of my favorites of the year. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Awww good luck with the semester starting! At first I thought it was super early but then I realized that August was almost over. ::Sobs:: I liked Wintersong but I do feel you on the slowness. And I am glad you’re liking A Million Junes, I need to get to that one sooN! Hope you have a great week!

  3. Good luck with the new semester! Glad you enjoyed Persepolis, I have that on my tbr and I’ve been excited to read it. Spell on Wheels sounds so cool, I’ll have to check that out!

    • Thank you thank you! Persepolis has a really unique art style that I enjoyed, and it details a time in history I didn’t previously know much about. Totally recommend Spell on Wheels!! It was SO good. Have an awesome week!

  4. AMJ is stunning. I am so in love with Henry’s writing, and will wait with baited breath for her book. I love An American in Paris, but sadly, have only seen the film. I bet the live show is incredible. Good luck with school!

  5. Sydney West

    1) We MUST buddy read again. Hopefully and better and non pull your hair out book. and 2) I’m so jealous of your trip the fox. I used to love going there when we lived in Georgia. I’ve seen some pretty awesome productions there.

  6. Good luck with school! It’s always SO hard to go back! I absolutely adored Wintersong, but I totally understand why you found it slow. I hope you love A Million Junes!

    Here’s my Weekly Recap!

    • Thank you! I know; I’m trying to get my life together before the semester starts again, hahaha. I am loving A Million Junes so far and can’t wait to finish it! Have a great week. 🙂

  7. Good luck with your new semester! What classes are you looking forward to?

    I just checked out the Stalking Jack the Ripper audio book from the library on your recommendation. I’m one chapter in, and I’m loving it so far, so thanks!

    • Thanks! I am always looking forward to choir. It’s my favorite. I’m also taking an Instrumentation & Orchestration class this semester that I think will be interesting. So glad you’re enjoying Stalking Jack! Have a great week. 🙂

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