How is this month already over? This year is going by way too fast already. If you follow my blog, you’ll know this was a busy week for me – it was the first week in months I didn’t post for two weekdays in a row. Because grad school is melting my brain. But I still managed to finish a few books, which makes me really happy!
The first one is The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman. This was one of the required books for my editing class, and while I’m not loving the class itself, I found this book to be really helpful. I learned a lot about both writing and editing, and it’s definitely going to be one of the books I hold onto.
Then, because I wasn’t feeling any long fiction, I read Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling. I don’t think it’s quite as good as my favorite author commencement speech – Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman – but I enjoyed it a lot. It was a lovely quick read on my Sunday afternoon.
Then, on Wednesday, I finally finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and it was every bit as amazing as I’d hoped. Honestly, Pulitzer Prize winners have been kind of hit-or-miss for me, so that isn’t a selling point in my eyes. But this one was totally worth it. I loved it. I cried. And I can’t believe it’s over. You should all go read it now.
In addition to finishing books, I also started a few. The first one is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while – because I have, cough cough, two copies of it – and that is The Bees by Laline Paull. I don’t know how I feel about this book. It’s weird and kind of artsy, and it reminds me a lot of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. But with bees. I’ll do a review when I finish it because I don’t know what else to say about it right now.
And then, since I realized February 9th is coming up a lot faster than I’d thought, I started my reread of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising and Golden Son in preparation for the final book in the trilogy, Morning Star. I don’t know what I’m going to do when it’s over. I’m about halfway through Red Rising at the moment, and, even though this is the fourth time I’ve read it (making it my second most read series ever, just behind the Harry Potter series), it’s still an incredible read! I’m actually struggling to put it down and get my homework done.
That said, I have an insane amount of homework this weekend. So I’m putting the books down for a moment, and concentrating on writing a short story. Not sure what it’s about yet, but it’s due in twenty-four hours, so it’ll have to be something. (Ugh, I hate this class so much.)