This week has been a very long week, and I am very glad to see the end of it.
I started the week off by finishing The Grasmere Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth, which I liked a lot more than I thought I would. I’d definitely recommend them if you’re into Romantic literature (Romantic, capital R, as in the artistic movement, not romance – there is a difference – think Austen, Keats, Byron, and Shelley). Then I crammed in a four-page paper on the Wordsworth siblings form my Romantic lit course before starting my NaNoWriMo project.
On Wednesday, I read The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz, which is a new Disney middle-grade book about the children of the Disney villains (i.e. Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella). It was a nice mental break, and I enjoyed some aspects of the book, but it wasn’t amazing. I’lm going to try and post a full review soon, so keep an eye out for that.
Finally, on Friday, I finished reading The Shining by Stephen King. To be honest, I thought I would like it a lot more than I did. I still ended up giving it four out of five stars, because it was a really good book. But it’s definitely not my favorite Stephen King novel. I am glad I read it, though, because it’s a classic. And now I can get my cousin off my back for not having read it.
I started reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen this week, which I am very close to finishing. I am actually really enjoying it, and am looking forward to watching the movie this week (I have to watch the 1999 version for school). I have noticed this novel comes with some side-effects: my writing is starting to become a little bit Austen-esque. Just read the first sentence of this post. The characters in my novel, which takes place in 1920s America, are having a bit of trouble not talking like they live in Regency England. I think I’m going to need to get Jane out of my system before I start editing.
And yesterday, I was in the mood for a bit of an easier read, so I picked up Trouble by Non Pratt, and am really enjoying it so far! It’s a really cute contemporary YA novel with a twist.
This week, I also started writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, and it’s going very well! I’ve been hitting my word count goals every day, and am actually ahead overall (word-count-wise)! More importantly, I’m really excited about where the novel is heading, and I’m on track for my planned ending. This is my first NaNo experience ever, and it has already exceeded my expectations – which were that I wouldn’t make it past the first week without getting frustrated and giving up. So, yay!
And this week I bought a total of (drumroll please)… ZERO books! I feel like I’ve earned a celebration. I’d also be cool with free Starbucks. A tip for all you fellow book addicts out there: the trick to sticking to a book-buying ban is leaving huge piles of unread books in really inconvenient locations. Like your bed. So every time you have to move them, or trip over them, you’re reminded of why you shouldn’t buy any new ones. That said, I did get a couple of ARC ebooks this week. The first is Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán. It’s been getting a lot of hype, so I’m looking forward to reading it. And the second isn’t an entire book, but I got the first 150 pages of A Gathering of Shadows, which is the sequel to V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. I’ve been anxiously waiting for it’s release in February, so when I saw the excerpt up on NetGalley, I jumped on it. I will definitely do a mini-review on it very soon! And I finally received the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the mail yesterday – it was on backorder on Amazon for weeks (side note: it’s almost half-off on Amazon – which is where that link will take you – so if you were waiting to buy it, I think that’s a really good deal!). It’s really beautiful and I can’t wait to read it soon!
This coming week, I am planning on finishing Mansfield Park, which I am extra excited about since it counts toward my PopSugar Reading Challenge, which means I will only have two books left in the challenge! I also want to finish Trouble, which will probably happen soon because I’m really into it, and start reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, which is this month’s pick for the book club I’m in. I also have eight unread ARCs I need to get to soon, so I want to pick up one of those this week as well.