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Weekly Wrap Up | August 22, 2021

Posted August 22, 2021 by Kait in Bookish Memes, Wrap Up / 21 Comments

Happy Sunday and welcome to my Weekly Wrap Up post! I link these posts up with The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer; The Sunday Salon, hosted by Deb at ReaderBuzz; It’s Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date and a children’s/middle grade version hosted by Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers; Mailbox Monday, hosted by Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and Martha of Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf; and Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality.  For my Weekly Wrap Ups, I’ll recap what I posted, read, and watched this week, plus I’ll let you know about any current giveaways I have up. I’ll also tell you about recent updates on my TBR and new books I received and/or bought. Okay, time to see what happened this week!

Hi! It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these, oops. Here’s what happened this week…

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On the Blog

Here are the links for everything that was published this week on Kait Plus Books:

Off the Blog

  • Last week I had a stomach bug that completely knocked me out. Sunday-Thursday is kind of a blur of ginger ale and saltines and wishing I felt better. On the plus side, I read three books!
  • There really isn’t much else to say about this week. Next week will be better, I hope! 🙂

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Currently Reading: After starting (and dropping) about six books, I’m finally reading Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire. It’s the newest book in the Wayward Children series and I’m excited to go back!

Currently Listening To: I just started The King of Infinite Space by Lyndsay Faye. I’ve seen some really good reviews for this one, so I’m excited!

Just Finished Reading: So last week I was really sick and while there were certainly lots of horrible things about that, I also read three books in the space of like, 4 days! So: I reread/listened to The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, read The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes in ONE DAY because it was just THAT GOOD, then I read The Year I Stopped Trying by Katie Heaney and… it was kind of a let down? and ever since then I haven’t really been able to stick to anything.

Just Finished Listening to: I think the last audiobook I listened to was The Inheritance Games, and I finished that last weekend, so….

Books: I have no freaking clue! I was going to read Forward March by Skye Quinlan, but the NetGalley copy is all kinds of messed up and I can’t read it. So I guess if I get a readable copy I’ll read that?

Audiobooks: Again, not a clue! If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

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Two new books came in the mail for me this week! Plus I added a bunch to my #tbr (there will be a new New to the Queue post coming soon)! Here’s what I’m looking forward to reading (someday):

#bookmail

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Weekly Wrap Up | August 22, 2021The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Series: The Good Luck Girls #2
Published on August 10, 2021 by Tor Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Queer, YA
Pages: 352
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The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster's sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta's landmasters and debt slavery.
When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers.
But will Arketta's dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?

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Weekly Wrap Up | August 22, 2021Dangerous Play by Emma Kress
Published on August 3, 2021 by Roaring Brook Press
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 352
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Zoe Alamandar has one goal: win the State Field Hockey Championships and earn a scholarship that will get her the hell out of Central New York. She and her co-captain Ava Cervantes have assembled a fierce team of dedicated girls who will work hard and play by the rules.
But after Zoe is sexually assaulted at a party, she finds a new goal: make sure no girl feels unsafe again. Zoe and her teammates decide to stop playing by the rules and take justice into their own hands. Soon, their suburban town has a team of superheroes meting out punishments, but one night of vigilantism may cost Zoe her team, the championship, her scholarship, and her future.

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new to the queue

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Weekly Wrap Up | August 22, 2021Social Queue by Kay Kerr
Published on September 28, 2021 by Text Publishing
Genres: Contemporary, Neurodivergent, YA
Pages: 288
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'I thought I was nobody’s teen crush, but turns out I was just missing the signs.'
Zoe Kelly is starting a new phase of her life. High school was a mess of bullying and autistic masking that left her burnt out and shut down. Now, with an internship at an online media company—the first step on the road to her dream writing career—she is ready to reinvent herself. But she didn’t count on returning to her awkward and all-too-recent high-school experiences for her first writing assignment.
When her piece, about her non-existent dating life, goes viral, eighteen-year-old Zoe is overwhelmed and more than a little surprised by the response. But, with a deadline and a list of romantic contenders from the past to reconnect with for her piece on dating, she is hoping one of her old sparks will turn into a new flame.
Social Queue is a funny and heart-warming autistic story about deciphering the confusing signals of attraction and navigating a path to love.

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Weekly Wrap Up | August 22, 2021Very Bad People by Kit Frick
Published on April 5, 2022 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, YA
Pages: 416
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Six years ago, Calliope Bolan’s mother drove the family van into a lake with her three daughters inside. The girls escaped, but their mother drowned, and the truth behind the “accident” remains a mystery Calliope is determined to solve. Now sixteen, she transfers to Tipton Academy, the same elite boarding school her mother once attended. Tipton promises a peek into the past and a host of new opportunities—including a coveted invitation to join Haunt and Rail, an exclusive secret society that looms over campus like a legend.
Calliope accepts, stepping into the exhilarating world of the “ghosts,” a society of revolutionaries fighting for social justice. But when Haunt and Rail commits to exposing a dangerous person on campus, it becomes clear that some ghosts define justice differently than others.
As the society’s tactics escalate, Calliope uncovers a possible link between Haunt and Rail and her mother’s deadly crash. Now, she must question what lengths the society might go to in order to see a victory—and if the secret behind her mother’s death could be buried here at Tipton.

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Weekly Wrap Up | August 22, 2021Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley
Published on April 19, 2022 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Fantasy, Queer, YA
Pages: 320
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Music runs in Sofi’s blood.
Her father is a Musik, one of only five musicians in the country licensed to compose and perform original songs. In the kingdom of Aell, where winter is endless and magic is accessible to all, there are strict anti-magic laws ensuring music remains the last untouched art.
Sofi has spent her entire life training to inherit her father’s title. But on the day of the auditions, she is presented with unexpected competition in the form of Lara, a girl who has never before played the lute. Yet somehow, to Sofi’s horror, Lara puts on a performance that thoroughly enchants the judges.
Almost like magic.
The same day Lara wins the title of Musik, Sofi’s father dies, and a grieving Sofi sets out to prove Lara is using illegal magic in her performances. But the more time she spends with Lara, the more Sofi begins to doubt everything she knows about her family, her music, and the girl she thought was her enemy.
As Sofi works to reclaim her rightful place as a Musik, she is forced to face the dark secrets of her past and the magic she was trained to avoid—all while trying not to fall for the girl who stole her future.

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I am currently on #bookstagram hiatus until September! Hopefully this will give me some time to get a few posts together ahead of time…

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hello yes I just started my free trial of Apple TV+ because Ted Lasso just looked so good, and having since binged the entire first season and getting caught up on season two… yeah, it was 1000% worth it. Ted Lasso is the best tv show I have ever seen, because it is just so pure. So happy. I just love it so much!

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The giveaways widget is always the most current and accurate way to tell what giveaways you can find on my blog, but since you’re here…

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So that’s everything! What have you been up to this week? Anything important happen? Did you have any posts that didn’t get a lot of attention this week? I’d love to check them out! Leave your links in the comments below and don’t forget to have a splendiferous week!

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21 responses to “Weekly Wrap Up | August 22, 2021

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your bout with the stomach bug. You are the third person who went round and round with it recently. The other two ended up in the hospital, though.

    And I’m glad to see you were able to get a lot of reading in. A bit of good news among the bad.

    You might be interested in applying for the Cybils. It’s that time of the year.

  2. Stomach bugs are the worst, I hope you’ve recovered fully! It really does completely take the wind out of you. I also really want to read the Wayward Children series so I’m glad to see you’re enjoying it! I just picked up ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ on Audible since it’s included in my membership, maybe that would be a fun one to try out? I hope you have a lovely week 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. Kathy Martin

    Sorry to hear that you were ill last week. Though extra reading time is a positive there. I’m eager to read The Hawthorne Legacy as soon as it is published. I’m currently listening to Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series since I have the most recent on my review stack. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. Wow! first time to your blog–I love how it looks! So sorry that you were down with a stomach bug. Those are the worst. Glad that you were able to get some reading done though. Thanks for sharing all the good books! have a great week and happy reading!

  5. I’m so sorry about your stomach bug—that’s awful! I’m glad you were able to get some reading in despite it. All of the books you mention sound great, especially Dangerous Play (which has a great cover too)! Also, later in the week, I plan to keep watching Ted Lasso—my family adored it, but I’ve only seen two episodes! The second one got me hooked, though. Thanks so much for the great post!
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