Sunday, 29 March 2015

Weekly Recap | 23-29 Mar. 2015

Welcome to Beautiful Bookish Butterflies Weekly Recap. Once a week, Stacie and Amanda take the time to talk about the weeks goings on, both on the blog and in our lives elsewhere, any new books we may have received and want to mention and what's interested is within the blogging community. Stacie and Amanda link up this recap with Caffeinated Book Reviewers Sunday Post and occasionally Tynga Reviews' Stacking the Shelves.

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What You May Have Missed:

- Book Review: Half Wild by Sally Green
- Book Review: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Bookish Musings: So You Don't Like Writing Reviews..
- Book Review: Made For You by Melissa Marr
- Five Friday Favourites: Cover's of Books I'll Never Read
- Book Review: Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
- Personal Pickings - The Show That Hijacked Stacie's Heart

Elsewhere Online:
- Amanda was featured on The Book Addicts Guides Book and a Beverage
- Amanda also reviewed We Are All Made of Molecules by Susan Neilsen

Our Lives This Week:


As you may or may not remember from last weeks catch, I talked about my other half being on earlies at work this week. He had to be up at 4 and despite how silent he tried to be, it woke me up and I found it hard to go back to sleep. That would be bad enough if you didn't add my daughter waking up twice this week at around half 1 thinking it was time to get up and not going back to sleep till at least 3, so this week I have been literally running on empty and it's now half term, what joy! Which means I'm not going to have a lot of sleep again for two weeks and in all honesty I'm pretty sick of feeling exhausted all the bloody time, it's horrible. So yeah.. my week hasn't been too good. I'm currently writing this before I take Caitlyn to a party so I have to put up with a room full of kids and noise and blah, not looking forward to it.

Best of March:

Mindwalker (Mindwalker, #1)I'll Give You the Sun

This month hasn't really been the best for reading for me, I've gone a week or two only reading a few books and a week of reading 5 books, so it's been up an down a bit. I think the book I was most surprised at would be Mindwalkers. I got it for review after requesting it just to give it a go and I never thought I would like it as much as I did, it was a really interesting book. I've read my air share of fluffy contemporaries this month and I think I'll Give You The Sun was my favourite, I liked The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson but this book was just in a different league. I also finally got around to reading Half Bad by Sally Green and it was actually really good. I borrowed it from the library in October last year but after getting about 100 pages in I just wasn’t feeling it, not because of the book but just because I really wasn't in the mood. So after Amanda (and everyone) going on and on about it I borrowed it again and I'll be honest, it didn't wow me but I was hooked page for page and I did enjoy it.


This week was a whole manner of nice things, things that made the month end just that little bit more positively. First of all, I didn't really get the opportunity to talk about some of the nice things that occurred days before the last Weekly Recap, but Saturday was a really nice day that involved a lovely dinner with my best friend, a trip around our local shops and then an evening of TV and snuggles, something I definitely needed. Then I got myself a copy of Fire Fall by Bethany Frenette this week, which was just the best feeling in the entire the world, seriously, you do not understand how much this series means to me. Then, Friday came along and saw my best friend and I celebrate her starting a new job with some drinks, pizza and lots of films and tipsy conversations, which is almost always a wonderful thing. Oh, and I also dog-sat my uncles little devil of a dog on Saturday afternoon/evening too, which means I can actually start preparing for Christmas with money, yay! As weeks go, this has been a lovely one, even if I have been nursing being ill (again!) and a great almost ending to quite a mixed up, weird feeling month.

Best Reads of March


March has been both a great one for books and a terrible one at the same time. Where I've usually read about 14 books per month, so far this month I've read 7, and I'm currently reading two more. That's 9 people, 1 book more than in December which is usually really busy, BUT, the books I have read, minus one (which I will not talk about, such a disappointment!) have all been 4 stars upwards, as are the two I'm currently making my way through. Honestly, even though I've only featured two of the books, you need to read the others - Flesh and Blood, Half Wild, Burn Bright and Red Queen - my average rating this month has gone up by over 1.3 stars, I've been loving the books I read and really have some cracking reviews coming up. I'm obviously hoping to improve upon this amount next month with my many series reads, if I can push myself, but there's a lot of exciting books coming up to read, and some really great review copies too. Maybe I didn't have the most ravenous week of eating books, but I sure loved what I ate read.

What We Liked This Week:

- Cait talked about how she's always forgetting things and John Green
- Bekka talked about male POV's in general fiction
- Amber talked all things space and planets
- Bec talked about blogging slumps and reviewing
- Brittany shared some blogger spotlight features in the community
- Danielle shared some popular 2015 cover trends
- Cait created an Author Memory Test
- Asti talked about reuniting with books

Tell Us What's Been Happening in Your Week!

Also, answer us this: What feelings would you have towards us redesigning BBB.

Tell us what you currently like and what you'd like to see, your opinion matters!


  1. I love your site right now, to be honest. I don't want to say "don't change" because I recognize that a lot of bloggers grow out of their design. I don't know what you're going to do but I would suggest bright colors because whenever I think of butterflies, I think of fun colors! The layout itself is also pretty great right now! I love that it's pretty and easily accessible too.

    My month was pretty great! Busy as anything but also pretty great (:

    1. Thanks Nova! We're thinking of sticking to a similar colour scheme and keeping or butterflies of course, just making it crisper, cleaner and less graphic heavy, but we're still brainstorming of course. I'm glad you had a great month!<3

  2. Oh, Stacie, I cannot even imagine! I mean, one of those wakeups is bad enough, but UGH. I feel your exhaustion pain though, my kids are on basically polar opposite sleep schedules, as much as I have tried for them not to be! I hope you can get some good sleep soon! I'll Give You the Sun was SO good, I agree (and I also agree about Half Bad- though I did enjoy Half Wild MUCH more)!

    And Amanda, I am so excited about Crown of Midnight- I have heard nothing but amazing things, and I am glad to see it featured here! And Red Queen, because I plan to read it soon (or you know, when I have time haha), and I definitely agree with Half Wild!

    Hope you both have lovely weeks!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. Crown of Midnight definitely takes the series to a new level completely, less mystery, more fantasy and action, it's all goodness in there Shannon. I had good reads this month, good luck for your own!<3

  3. Aw Stacie, you sound super busy. I hope you get some decent shut eye soon!

    Nights with the bestie are always the best, amirite? I'm glad you had such a good Saturday, Amanda! I need one of those asap--drinks and some laughs! Hey, at least all your recent reads were good ones! I'd kill for a good book, rn!

    Last week? Uni, friends, I chopped my hair off, oh! And I watched Cinderella which was really, really good! I'm counting down to easter break though. It's all I want right now.

    Redesigning BBB is all up to you! I love your content so I'll always be here to support you two, no matter what decisions and changes <3

    1. They definitely are Jess, such a lovely thing to do. YOU CUT YOUR HAIR OFF?! Oh my Jess, I love your hair, definitely need a new photo showing it off, make sure of that, okay? Eater break comes around soon doesn't it, at least, it does here Wednesday onwards, so that should be nice for you. Thank you for your support Jess, as always!<3

  4. Thank you for linking out blog!

    Also, I started Christmas shopping as well. YAH!


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