Weekly Wrap Up – January 16

Stack Of Books

This was a very long week. Which is evident by the fact that I’m writing this post about two hours before it’s scheduled to go up (I usually work on my weekly wrap up posts throughout the week). For some reason, I’ve been extra tired the past few days – I almost fell asleep at work two days in a row. Still, I got a good amount of reading done, so I’m happy.

The first book I finished this week was A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I read it as part of the Reading New England Challenge I’m taking part in this year. It’s a book I likely would’t have picked up otherwise, and it’s not a favorite, but I’m still glad I read it. It reminded me a lot of American classics like The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby, which I haven’t read in a very long time.

Then I picked up Saga Vol. 4  by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples because I just couldn’t resist any longer. I love this series! Vol. 4 wasn’t my favorite, but it was still great. I already purchased a copy of Vol. 5, but I’m trying to wait a while before reading it because I want to spread them out a bit.

This week, I also finally read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which I’ve been meaning to read ever since it came out. To be honest, I was a bit wary because it’s been getting so much hype, but it exceeded my expectations! It was a very interesting story, and I will definitely be reading the next installment.

And, finally, I finished Jessica Chiarella’s debut novel, And Again. I got an ARC of this a while back, and finally got around to reading it this week. My expectations for this were very low, but I ended up loving it! In the past year or so, I’ve been enjoying books that look at human nature, and what it means to be human, and Chiarella does this within a very unique story – I will have a review up sometime next week.

This week I also started reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (finally!) and, so far, I am enjoying it. I’m not very far in – I started and then realized I had other things to do first – but I love his writing style. I can already tell I’m going to be a fan of this book.

And, finally, I started listening to the audiobook of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem on my commute. I am almost done – thanks to the plethora of car accidents and obscene traffic this week, I have about three hours left – but I am completely comfortable saying that I absolutely love this book! Again, not something I would have picked up on my own (thank you Emma Watson!), but I am so glad I did! This book has made me feel sad and angry and helpless and powerful. It’s made me think more deeply about my place in the world and how I choose to view certain things. Everyone should read it.

Needless to say, it was a very interesting and fulfilling week for me, reading-wise. Maybe that’s why I’m so tired – I’m mentally exhausted. So, since I’m sure you don’t want to hear me complain about my schoolwork (and the fact that it’s not even close to finals and I’ve been having nightmares about my grades even though I have 100% in the class so far), I’m going to end this post here.

I’d love to hear what you’ve all been reading this week! Let me know if there are any great, new books I need to add to my TBR list!

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