Weekend Wrap Up #40


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.


What I Watched


I enjoyed watching the Great American Read and was inspired to read a couple books on the list.  If you are interested in watching the episode, voting, or seeing the list check it out HERE!  You have all summer to vote.  The winner will be announced in the fall.

Which book do you think will win?


What I am excited to watch


The Cormoran Strike series written by Robert Galbraith  (aka J.K. Rowling) starts on June 1st on Cinemax.  I love this mystery series and hope the show is just as good as the books.



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It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.



Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.


Anthologies are a great way to discover new authors without having to commit to a whole book.  I picked this one when I saw Jason Reynolds had contributed to this anthology because I have heard great things about his books.  I loved his short story and will definitely be checking out his books.  I also enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s story which didn’t surprise me since I really enjoyed her first two books.  Most of these stories were about characters that feel like they don’t fit in anywhere and the topics ranged from discrimination based on religion, race, and gender.


I enjoyed parts of this book.  The premise of reading about how the main character devoted his life to writing a dictionary intrigued me however, there were some very dull sections in the book.  Fortunately, it was a short book, 200 pages, and it did include some great relationship drama.  I did learn how much work it is to write definitions for a dictionary because cultures and time changes the way we look at things.



Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.


I received this from NetGalley

17 Dogs, 3 Generations, 70 Years
There’s one constant
… the family dog.

Follow the Walsh family as they lead you through the incredible and inspirational tales of their favorite family relatives. Curl up with these engaging stories of miracles, joy, and life’s struggles, as Bob, Samantha, and Kevin Walsh share their truly amazing journey.


I received this from NetGalley

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.
Then Noah → gets hypnotized.
Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations.


I bought this book because I loved it so much when I read it a few weeks back for NetGalley.

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.
It turns out she’s right.
Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who—or what—he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.


The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.


This weeks prompt is…

Do yo remember the first book you read by yourself?

My answer…


I am not sure what my first book to read by myself was but I do know that the first books I ever read were the Dr. Seuss books and this one was my favorite.

28 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap Up #40

  1. Barb B (boxermommyreads) says:

    I didn’t know the Strike series was even being made. Boy, I better record it so I can watch it. Wonder if it will ruin the books for me and if I should read the first one first at least. The dog book looks super awesome but I bet you knew I’d say that!

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  2. La La in the Library says:

    Too funny, I dont even participate in that feature anymore. Ha ha. Mine was One Fish Two Fish, and Sebastian’s first read by himself was Go Dog, Go! Suess rules. 💛

    That’s too bad about The Great Passage, and I’m glad you got approved for the David Arnold book! 👍

    Have a wonderful new week. 💜

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  3. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    It’s so cool that you guys have a thing like the Great American Read 🙂 it’s so good to promote books to the wider public! I didn’t watch, cause I’m not American, but I’m also curious what would win 🙂 a lot of well known books though, so it’s very hard to say what the public will choose.

    And ooh, you’re reading Puddin’! I really want to read that.

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  4. Jenea says:

    I didn’t get to watch The Great American Read, but I will have to check out the list of books they had on there now. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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    • jolenewilsonblog says:

      Thanks AJ. I need to reread the Cormoran Strike books because the third one came out almost two years ago and I think the fourth one is coming out this fall. I am not confident the tv series will have all the details like the books.


  5. northwoman says:

    I’ll have to look at the books in the Great American Read, it looks interesting. I think more of the Seuss books came after me. I remember Dick and Jane in first grade. But my first reading, according to my parents, was the Wall Street Journal with my Dad at age 3 after he came home from work. If Dad was doing it, so was I. lol Anne – Books of My Heart

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