Weekend Wrap Up #55

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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.

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DogDaysofSummer

The Dog Days of Summer Reading Challenge is officially over!  Thanks to my co-host, La La in the Library and to all of you for participating. Check out my wrap up post HERE to see how much money we raised for AHeinz57 Pet Rescue.

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WHAT I AM WATCHING

thetoysthatmadeus

This was a very interesting and surprisingly funny documentary type series on popular toys from the 70s and 80s.  They featured Star Wars, Star Trek, Hello Kitty, Transformers, He-Man, Barbie, GI Joe, and LEGO toys.  It was very interesting to learn how these toys came about and hear from the actual creators of the toys how they were made.

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CURRENTLY READING

spacebornfew

I am buddy reading this with La La in the Library, Greg @GregsBookHaven and Annemieke @DancesWithBooks.

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

afterzero

I mostly liked this book.  The main character of this book struggles with selective mutism.  Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder in which a person who is normally capable of speech cannot speak in specific situations or to specific people. Selective mutism usually co-exists with shyness or social anxiety. The teachers in this book are very supportive of Elise’s disorder but the kids not so much which I think displays reality in schools today.  My biggest complaint about this book is the reaction of a parent to Elise’s disorder.  The mom of one of Elise’s former friends acts immature and says horrible things about her (Elise over hears these comments) which I don’t think is realistic.  Also, there is a weird magical bird element that happens which I don’t think is necessary because it distracts from Elise’s overall story arc of her ability to push forward and deal with her anxiety disorder.  I do recommend this book however, because one of my son’s classmates struggled with selective mutism, was bullied relentlessly, and unfortunately committed suicide.  After Zero brings to light an anxiety disorder that isn’t well known and needs more awareness.

revis

I unfortunately did not finish this book.  I really, really wanted to and even read over 100 pages but I just couldn’t do it.  I found it slow and boring with way too much going on.  I liked the overall story of the main character, Nedra, going to an alchemist school to learn how to cure the plague referred to as the Wasting Death.  But there was teen drama and animal cruelty that I found unnecessary.  I think others will like this book because it is well written and has a great premise but it just wasn’t for me.

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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 checked this out from my local library.

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Book Blurb

After
Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

Before
Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

After
With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father… and she wants revenge.

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

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY La La in the Library.

This weeks prompt is…

Have you ever visited the location of a book you read?

My answer…

Yes!

I have been to a couple of the sights from Little House on the Prairie.  I went to the one in South Dakota where Laura grew up and got married and I went to the one in Missouri where she spent most of her life.

AND…

I have been to London and I saw Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter series.  I also went on the Studio tour which felt like I was in the book.

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12 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap Up #55

  1. La La in the Library says:

    That is the best Platform 9 3/4 photo! ✨

    That’s horrific about the boy at your son’s school. I am hoping the bullying scenarios are getting less frequent at elementary and middle schools. I haven’t been around many kids of that age lately. I should ask my two Munchkin charges. The older one goes to Hebrew school though, so I don’t think that would be as much of a problem there, but the younger one goes to public school. I don’t think she gets bullied because she’s never said anything, but it would be nice to talk about what she would do if she saw someone else getting bullied. 😢

    I have been to Salem, and I’ve read a few books set there. Going through The House of the Seven Gables was wonderful and I went to a dramatization of a witch trial in one of the churches where a trial was held. I have been to Jamestown. I can’t remember the name of the book that was set there. Hmm… I will have to figure that one out. And of course NYC. I would love to go to the Anne of Green Gables locations like you went to the Little House locations. 📚

    Have a wonderful new week. I am loving our group read. 🌞

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