I had a really great reading week this week! There are some really great books happening in my life, and I am very excited about starting off my reading year right!
The first book I finished this week was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. I absolutely loved this book – I can tell you now, its going to be one of my favorites for the year. If you’re interested, you can check out my review here.
I also read The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert. This book started out really interesting, and then went to a weird place. And not exactly in a good way. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. Click here if you’d like to see my full review. (P.S. look at me getting reviews up on time!)
And yesterday, I finished The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, which was amazing. It definitely reignited my love for historical fiction. So glad I finally read this book!
If you saw my reading goals for the year, you’ll know that I’m planning on tackling some pretty massive books this year. So I decided to start with the most intimidating: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I figured out that if I read at least 100 pages a week, I will finish it in three months. I haven’t read that many pages this week, but at least I started. Like I said, if it takes me all year to read War and Peace, then at least I will have read War and Peace. Currently, I’m a bit lost (one thing I hate about Tolstoy is that all of his characters have pretty much the same names), but I’m starting to get drawn in – I might actually finish it.
And, finally, this was my first week back at work full time, so I listened to an audiobook for my commute: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, and I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed it. I’m also excited to get back into audiobooks (I’ve also been listening to them while I color, because I got some awesome adult coloring books for Christmas). I’ve been thinking about doing an audiobook recommendation post – let me know if you’re interested in something like that!
Speaking of which, I joined Emma Watson’s new feminist book club! I’m really excited about it, since I’ve been meaning to read more feminist literature (both fiction and nonfiction), but didn’t really know where to begin. The first pick is Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road. I immediately went on Audible and got the audiobook, and am planning to start it on Monday.
This week I also decided to participate in the Read Harder Challenge, sponsored by BookRiot. I’ve decided that challenges are good for me. They force me to read things that may be a bit out of my comfort zone, or that I otherwise wouldn’t pick up, and I do well with reading goals. I feel like I’m accomplishing more than just reading. And I really liked the diversity of this particular list.
If you’d like to keep up with what I’m reading, add me as a friend on Goodreads! I would love to see what you’re all reading and what books you love/recommend.