Weekly Novel Rewind (27)

Posted April 14, 2018 by Madalyn || 14 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


This week passed pretty uneventfully on my end! I suddenly have five more hours of free time every week because choir is done for the semester, so that’s been weird (but also pretty nice). Consequently, I got a lot of time to read and relax. Thursday night, my best friend and I drank an entire bottle of wine and watched the new episode of Drag Race, which was tons of fun– she normally works on Thursday nights, so this is the first time all season we’ve gotten to watch a new ep together and fangirl. This weekend, I plan on working, hanging out with friends, and going to cheer on my friends who are in our opera department’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

Oh, and in exciting bookish news, I finally booked a place to stay for BookExpo next month! I also started making the BookExpo spreadsheet of my dreams nightmares. Are any of you guys going this year? I’d love to hang out! Also, this will be my first time at BookExpo/BEA, so any tips would be greatly appreciated!!

Book Haul



I’ve had my eye on this poetry collection for a few months after seeing lots of reviewers I trust rave about it. Both the ebook and the paperback are on major sale for the whole month of April, so I grabbed a copy!

For Review:

Thank you to HarperCollins for this e-ARC! Summer camp setting + fabulist elements… yes, please!

Books Read/Currently Reading



Eeek, this was a bit of a disappointing reading week. Obsidio is… not my favorite finale of a series, by a long shot. I had a lot of issues with it. Final Draft was okay, but not as good as Redgate’s other novels (full review coming!). Next Year in Havana was a wonderful surprise– I adored it. The Wicked Deep was beautifully written (and I ALWAYS love books about witches), but the story, plot, and pacing fell a bit short for me.

Currently Reading:

I’m about halfway through Anger Is a Gift, and it is incredible. This story is well-written and so badly needed in YA. I can’t wait to finish it this weekend! Also, I was ecstatic when I saw that my library had the audiobook for Freshwater, which was one of my most-anticipated releases of this year. I’ve listened to the first chapter so far, and I’m already in love. I predict it’ll be a quick listen.

Currently Obsessing Over



RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 // I know what you’re thinking… “Madalyn, you’re never NOT watching Drag Race.” And you’re not wrong! But season 10, which is currently airing, has brought a whole new level to this show. At this point, I genuinely have NO idea who’s going to win any given challenge, let alone the entire season. I am so enjoying the artistry from this group of wildly talented queens! Also, three words: Blair St. Clair.


Glossier Cloud Paint cream blushes // I love keeping up with makeup trends, and it seems like lots of blush and a dewy finish are both big trends this spring. The Glossier Cloud Paint blushes are PERFECT for achieving this. They apply like a dream, and the colors are really beautiful. I’ve been wearing the shade Beam nonstop for the past few weeks. I feel like these are excellent for pros and makeup newbies alike.

Tell us about your week! Did you read any great books? Have you read any of the ones we mentioned? What are you currently obsessing over?

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14 responses to “Weekly Novel Rewind (27)

  1. Ooh congrats on going to BEA! And have fun at the theater production. Sorry to hear that Obsidio was a bit disappointing. Freshwater looks interesting and is totally new t ome- will have to check it out.

    Have a great weekk!

  2. Sorry those books didn’t work for you. I actually enjoyed them. This is the first year since BookCon started that I am not going. I even flew to Chicago the year it was there. Alas, I will be moving my child to Chicago that weekend. I hope you have an incredible time!

  3. I’m low-key jealous of your Thursday night. That honestly sounds like a fab way to spend your time. I know how weird it can be to have something that’s part of your routine not be there anymore. It’s definitely jarring. But using that time to read sounds fun!
    I’m so happy you liked Next Year in Havana! It surprised me too! I’m not sure about finishing the Illuminae series now. I’ve heard such mixed things! :/
    Anyways, I hope you have a good week, Madalyn!

  4. I am dying to read Wicked Deep because I heard it gives the whole Hocus Pocus vibes! Kind of sucks that the plot fell short! I am glad you’re getting some time off and I am hoping to go to New York for BookCon! I really hope to see you there! I got the tickets for Saturday!

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