Weekly Wrap Up August 27 – I Surprised Myself By Reading Poetry (And I Liked It)

weekly wrap up

Thanks to The Reading Quest, I have been reading a ton lately. Last week I finished five books, and this week, I did almost as well with four. I am really happy with the amount I’ve been reading lately, and I’m hoping to keep it up even after the readathon ends. Because there are way too many books I need to get to.

The first book I read this week is The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. I’ve been hearing really great things about this book, and I absolutely loved it! I don’t read a lot of poetry, but this collection was great, and I’m looking forward to the next one. Highly recommended!

Because I enjoyed William Ritter’s Jackaby so much last week, I ended up reading the next two books in the series, Beastly Bones and Ghostly Echoes. While I liked both books, Ghostly Echoes is definitely my favorite in the series so far, and I cannot wait to read the conclusion. I just have to wait until I reach the Knight’s quest path (hopefully soon) because it’s serving as my book with a red cover.

Finally, I also read These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, which has been on my TBR for a while. I’ve heard pretty mixed things about this one, but I liked it a lot. I have been really into these darker, Victorian YA novels lately, and this definitely fits the bill. I’m a huge fan of feminist themes in young adult literature, especially historical YA, and that is one of my favorite elements of this book.

Now, onto my current reads! This week, I decided to give The Magician King by Lev Grossman another shot. I initially picked it up right after reading The Magicians about three years ago, but just wasn’t into it. I didn’t like that so much of what happened in book one was undone. But it’s been a while since I’ve read the first one, so I think I can get through book two this time around.

And, finally, I started reading The Raven Boys yesterday. I’m not very far in, but I am enjoying it so far. It definitely drew me in quickly, and I know I’m going to finish this fairly quickly, because I need to find out what happens!

That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. Be sure to let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments! I love hearing about new books from all of you each week!

23 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up August 27 – I Surprised Myself By Reading Poetry (And I Liked It)

  1. I really, really disliked The Magicians, but The Magician King was my favorite of the series. And the Magician’s Land was worse than book 2 but better than 1 in my opinion. I just felt like the pacing and the action was handled better in the later books.

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    1. I enjoyed The Magicians, but I couldn’t get through The Magician King. I’ll be honest: I’m struggling with it at the moment, because the writing is not my favorite. I do kind of want to finish the trilogy, though, because I’m curious to see what happens.


          1. That is such a small part though, they spend most of the book in Fillory. At least way more than in book 1. But that series doesn’t end on a happy note. I am just warning you, because it’s just not meant that way.

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    1. Me too! I’ve always enjoyed it, though I don’t read it as often as I probably should, and I almost always gravitate more towards the Romantics (Wordsworth, Coleridge, etc.)


        1. He’s not my favorite (I prefer Coleridge and Byron), but I like Romantic literature. I took a whole class on it in grad school, and definitely gained an appreciation for the influence of nature in literature. I think Dickinson is my favorite, though.


          1. I think the whole time period is not really my thing literature-wise. I feel like poetry was really wordy and dramatic haha x But I can see why a lot of people like it.

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            1. Yeah, I didn’t love it either until I studied it in depth and gained an appreciation for it. I do like the novels more than the poetry, if I’m totally honest. Still, nothing compares to Kubla Khan. It’s so weird and beautiful.


                1. It’s about a garden, kind of. Hard to explain. It’s also incomplete because Coleridge wrote it immediately after waking up from a dream, and was interrupted and lost his inspiration. It’s definitely worth a read – it’s easy to find online.


  2. I’m totally awed by anyone who can read 5 books in a week. Even when I was young and devoured books it took me at least a week to read two books.
    I found your blog sampling possible reviewers via reedsy, My recently self-published book, ‘Course of Mirrors,’ needs more reviews besides the four on amazon.com. The story is well written, unusual, and gripping. I’m not sure how to go about this, but if there’s a chance for a review on this blog, please let me know. I live in the UK.

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for your interest in my blog, unfortunately, I’m not accepting books for review at the moment because I already have more than I can reasonably get to. Best of luck with your book!

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