Weekly Wrap-Up: July 30th

Hello, everyone! It’s time to wrap-up this week.
Let’s take a look at what this week was like for me.

Reviews that I wrote

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

I only wrote one review this week, but can I tell you? This was the hardest review that I have ever written!!!
This book, The Pillars of the Earth is such an epic, magnificent book following a grand drama involving the construction of a cathedral in a medieval town called Kingsbridge over several decades (35 years or something??). Inevitably, there are so many things happening along the way and it was next to impossible for me to condense them down into several sentences. The density of the story also made it excruciatingly hard for me to decide where to start and what to write – there were so many things I wanted to gush about, and once again, I had absolutely no idea where to begin! Even with my Goodreads review that I posted the night before, I still didn’t know where to begin  – It was so hard to find a perfect opening line which I lay a lot of emphasis on, I was literally and seriously staring at my PC screen, completely frozen. That was the moment that I realized that the more impeccable and flawless the book is, the harder it is to write ANYTHING about it.

Posts that I made

Since I’ve been trying to catch up with my reading, and I had to visit my relatives this week, I didn’t have enough time to do ‘Tidbits about Japan’ post for this week. I am terribly sorry, but I’ll definitely plan to do it next week!
Here are the posts that I made:

Awards & Tags

The Sunshine Blogger #2: Posted on July 24th, 2017
Blogger Recognition Award #2: Posted on July 26th, 2017
Real Neat Blog Award: Posted on July 27th, 2017

The TBR tag: Posted on July 25th, 2017
The Cookie Book Tag: Posted on July 25th, 2017
Goodreads Book Tag: Posted on July 29th, 2017

This week has been another amazing one for me – I’ve been tagged for so many awards and tags!!
There are still some tags and awards I have yet to tackle, but I am working on it!
I’ll catch up on them once I have more time on my hands and have caught up with my reading 🙂

Thank you so much for nominating/tagging me on these awards and tags! It was so much fun making these posts, and I really appreciate your even thinking of me when choosing your nominees!


Book that I bought

I bought some books but haven’t arrived yet, so I’ll lump them up in my upcoming wrap-ups 🙂

What I’m currently reading…

I picked this up yesterday afternoon and I’m currently 63% into the book.
That said, I’m still not sure whether I’m liking this book or not; I feel like I’m still in a thick fog, everything is still hazy and ambiguous.
I was, in fact, a bit frustrated and almost DNF’d somewhere around 30% of the book, but I kept going and will keep going. It slowly dawned on me that I probably should have started this book with a different mindset; this book may be quite different from what I had expected.
That said though, I’ve still got another 40% to go, this book may end up growing on me. Who knows??
Let’s just wait and see how the wind blows!

That’s it for today.
How about you? Has this week been satisfactory for you? What books did you finish reading?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you again soon!


23 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: July 30th

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    1. Thank you, Naty as always ❤
      As for Girl in Snow, I was expecting it to be full-on mystery or whodunit, but it doesn't seem like the case and that is why I was frustrated. Once I've started to see this from a different angle, I think I can appreciate this book at least for now. Let's see how it ends up!

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      1. Yes, you are right! I’d read from Jay (this is my truth now) that it wasn’t a thriller exactly, then I read a few other reviews that said the same, so I wasn’t expecting one. I guess that is why I liked it in the end. But from the title, synopsis and cover one can’t really tell!

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        1. Exactly!! when I requested it from NetGalley, I was expecting a thriller. I think this point should be addressed upon publishing, maybe I should include this in my feedback!

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            1. Oh, yes!!! Another synchonisity! I think I can finish reading this tomorrow, too! Which means, my review will come up in the next two days or so 😀

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    1. Hi, Nel! The thing is, i was expecting Girl in Snow to be whodunit – but it doesn’t seem like it at all, in fact, I think it’s completely different. But then again, I was reading up until halfway through expecting some drastic move would happen, so I was a bit frustrated and baffled.


    1. Thanks and hello, Jay! 😀
      Yes, indeed – you commented on every single post that I made this week, I really appreciate the time you spent interacting with me! 🙂

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  1. You had a great week! 😊 I almost DNFd Girl in the Snow and I never DNF books. I gave it 2 stars, so I won’t be writing a review since I don’t write reviews for books 2 star and under. But I did give publisher feedback that the marketing was misleading since I expected a thriller and got a blah, boring story. Also even though the writing was brilliantly descriptive in places it was extremely juvenile and very redundant so it not only should have been marketed as Young Adult fiction but better edited. I wanted an Adult book and that’s not what I read. Plus, I just wanted to do rewrites all through the book where it was sloppily written. I hope you enjoy more than I did. 😯 It’s no Pillars of the Earth lol 🤣❤

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie ❤ Yes, I almost DNF'd this book but I'm now 70% into the book now. I'll persevere! I'll definitely give the publisher feedback saying the blurb is misleading; it gives off an impression this is a thriller/mystery whereas it is NOT. I wouldn't have picked this up had I know it would be like this.


      1. Yes, I perserved, lol. But I really, really wish I hadn’t. I hate giving a book a bad rating, which is why I don’t write reviews for books rated 2 or less. I was definitely looking forward to thriller!! Big disappointment!

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        1. I know what you’re saying! I was, too. It took me a while to understand this was not what I was expecting… Haha, your disliking writing reviews for books under 2-stars rating is seeping out of your sentences! lol At the same time, I can also tell how passionate and sincere towards books you are 🙂


          1. Lol, I like that…seeping out of my sentences! I don’t mind sharing my feelings with the publisher about a book with a 2 star or below rating since I want to be honest, and I will write a very, very long note giving in depth criticism, and I will rate it on Goodreads, but I don’t want publicly criticize anyone in a review after I’ve already given lots and lots of negative feedback to the publisher about a book. And I don’t want to waste time writing it either to be honest, lol. I just want to read more…

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