weekly wrap-up 7/19: go set a…hold limit?

Happy Sunday! How was your week? Mine was fairly low key which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!

A friend was recently telling me about Shakespeare’s original pronunciation and showed me a clip on youtube. I know I’m probably late to the game, but if you haven’t seen this or heard about OP before I highly recommend checking it out! I was never a bit Shakespeare fan in school and haven’t given him a second thought since graduating, but I would definitely consider watching a play in the original language: there are puns and wordplay that wasn’t evident in modern English. It wasn’t until the actor began saying their lines with Shakespeare’s pronunciation that it became clear and I think that’s so neat.

This weekend Pittsburgh became Picklesburgh – we had our very first (of many!?!) pickle festivals! Two days of pickles, pickles, and more pickles. ♥ Heaven in a jar.

Also, this week saw the 97th anniversary of the assassination of the Romanov family. In a Get Your Fix! post from last year, I highlighted Romanov reads, both fiction and non-fic.

Alex + Ada vol. 2 by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
SOOOO remember when I mentioned on twitter about requesting a series and the sequel arrived first? Yeah. Still waiting for the first volume to show up so I can finally see what the fuss is all about! People are going crazy for this series and I want to flail too, guys!!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Aww yeah. I own Throne of Glass and have heard nothing but the best of things about that series from a good friend, but of course I still haven’t read it. I was putzing around the other day after finishing a book and couldn’t decide what to read next when I noticed there was a copy of this one at my library. Done and done! Really looking forward to diving into this one.

Nookes & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Y’all know I love me some Middle Grade, especially when there are pet mice, reclusive Countesses, and a possibly-haunted mansion! Also, the cover is probably the cutest thing ever.

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
I have been dying for a reread of this one for ages, particularly with the rumor that there’s a movie in the works!! I haven’t been able to find a copy in stores, so the minute I saw it was available at the library I snatched it up and devoured it in an afternoon. This originally came out in ’94 and it was only a few years later that I first read it, so let’s just say it’s been a while since I’ve spent time with Birdy. My goodness does it hold up! And I hadn’t realized just how funny it was! Love.

I also put a ton of ebooks on hold as well as audio. Thankfully they seem to be fairly spread out (a few I’m next in line for, then others there are still multiple people ahead of me) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I won’t be too overwhelmed when they finally start pouring in!

The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur
Last month I received an ARC of this one and the publicist was awesome enough to send a finished copy my way! When a child goes missing, a sixteen-year-old secret is uncovered. It’s being compared to books from Lisa Scottoline and Heather Gudenkauf. Fun, fun, fun. Thank you, St. Martin’s!!

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper by Hilary Liftin
A novel written in the style of a celebrity memoir. Oh, yes. The author was the ghostwriter of/co-author for numerous memoirs so I have high, high hopes for this one. Trashy in the best way possible! Thank you, Viking!!

Street Poison by Justin Gifford
This is the “definitive biography of one of America’s bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century,” Iceberg Slim. That said, I have no idea who this man is and couldn’t tell you a single thing he’s written. The author, a literature professor, combed through a really interesting array of material including FBI files and prison records, which sounds incredibly entertaining, but I don’t see this one jumping to the top of my To Read list anytime soon. Thank you, Doubleday!!

Mrs. Sinlair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters
WWII-era fiction makes my heart skip a beat. Family secrets make me swoon. Dual-era narratives leave me breathless. Inside a suitcase, a woman finds a letter from the grandfather she never knew…and it’s dated after he was said to have died in the war. SO looking forward to this one! Thank you, G.P. Putnam’s Sons!!

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Although I was SO not thrilled with Bowman’s debut Taken, absolutely hated it to the point where I haven’t and will not read the read of that series, but I’m VERY intrigued by this new book. Anything set during the Wild West calls my name. I’m holding out hope that this will be excellent. Thank you, HMH Books for Young Readers!!

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
A steampunk retelling of Cinderella? SAY NO MORE! Thank you, HMH Books for Young Readers!!

Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray
A THIRD NOVEL!!! I fell hard for the second book in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series (though still need to read the first!) and cannot wait to jump into this one! SO GOOD, you guys. What I love is that this is a series that focuses on a different set of characters each book while still keeping the other characters present. I imagine I’ll be plowing through this one soon. Thank you, Zondervan!!

In Case You Missed It
Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You deserves all the hype. For such a slim novel it packs a gut-punch that left me reeling. Make sure you set aside a good chunk of time to read this one – you won’t want to stop!

Serafina and the Black Cloak is a deliciously creepy Middle Grade set at the Biltmore Estate. Do I really need to go on?? Robert Beatty won’t have any problem selling me his next novel!

Nuala O’Connor’s Miss Emily turned into a ramble of my thoughts on fictional takes on historical figures. Personally, I’m all for it, even when I’m not familiar with the subject. This fictionalized account of Emily Dickinson’s life was excellent! It’s another tiny novel that I devoured in record time and is one I’d highly recommend, whether you’re a fan of the poet or just a lover of historical fiction.


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