I’ve decided to start a new little feature on my blog. I love doing Top Ten Tuesdays, because it’s a regular post I look forward to writing every week. I thought it would be fun to do a weekly wrap-up post every Saturday to share what books I’ve read, bought, started reading, reviewed, added to my TBR, etc. or even quotes I liked, awesome experiences, or other life-related things. Let me know in the comments below if this is something you enjoy seeing.
This past week, I only read two books, which isn’t too bad, considering I was going through a bit of a reading slump. Last Saturday, I read Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, which is a short book of graphic short horror stories. I finished it in a few hours, and really enjoyed it! It was the perfect homework break, though it might have given me nightmares.
On Thursday, I finished John Dies at the End by David Wong. I feel like this book took me forever to read, but when I looked back on my Goodreads page, it turned out to only have taken a week. It may have taken me a while to get through it (I read about 50 pages or so a day), but I liked it a lot! It was scary and hilarious and a bizarrely interesting mix of adult and twelve-year-old boy humor. Definitely a fun read!
After I finished John Dies at the End, I picked up V. E. Schwab’s Vicious. I finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic last week, and immediately fell in love with Victoria Schwab’s writing – I just want to read everything she writes. So I picked up a few more of her books, and started Vicious because it sounds incredible, and I’ve heard really great things about it. I will be finishing it in the next few days.
This week I reviewed two books – Room and A Darker Shade of Magic – both of which I loved! I’m planning on going to see the movie adaptation of Room soon – if you’ve seen it, let me know your thoughts in the comments.
I also bought a few books this week. First, I ordered Vicious and The Archived by V. E./Victoria Schwab, because I just feel the need to own all of her books. I also purchased the new illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – because I had to, obviously – which is sadly on backorder. Then I accidentally placed another Book Outlet order (oops!). This time, I got John Adams by David McCullough, The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman, The Time Travelers Guide to Medieval England and The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England both by Ian Mortimer, One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore, and Three Days to Never by Tim Powers. I’ve been meaning to read a Tim Powers book for like ten years, because my favorite high school English teacher was his brother, and used to talk about his books all the time (plus, they sound really interesting), so I’m excited to finally own one.
I already mentioned that I’d been experiencing a bit of a reading slump lately. Turns out, there was an actual reason for it. I went in for my yearly optometrist appointment on Tuesday, and found out that my eyes are now magically completely fine and I don’t need my glasses anymore (which may or may not have something to do with the spider bite on my leg – just saying). The doctor said I might want to use reading glasses if I read a lot – so I ordered two pairs – but as soon as I tried to read without my glasses, the reading slump was completely gone. Despite the fact that they were making reading painful, I honestly miss my glasses. My face feels weird without them. But on the bright side, I no longer have to worry about falling asleep while reading and crushing my glasses. So there’s that.
And, despite the fact that I’m a bit overwhelmed with grad school at the moment – who in their right mind assigns a group project in an online grad school class? ugh – I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo! The worst thing that can happen is I don’t finish. So now I have exactly one week to plan out a novel before I get writing (so glad I already scheduled most of next week’s blog posts!). And also you will most likely be getting some NaNo updates/complaining from me occasionally next month. I’m really excited!
To end this post, I just want to share a quote I came across this week that really spoke to me. It’s from comedian/actor Patrice O’Neal: “Don’t nice your way out of your own happiness.” Just something to think about.
Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m off to do someone else’s work for my group project. Story of my life.