Weekly Wrap Up – February 20

Stack Of Books

Between life, school, reading, and blogging, this week has been pretty crazy. Which is why I’m writing this at 11:48pm on Friday (I publish my Weekly Wrap ups at 12am PST on Saturdays, and I almost always work on them throughout the week). I just got home from a high school production of Macbeth that my cousin was in, which was awesome, but now I’m exhausted. So I’ll make this relatively quick.

This week, I experienced the opposite of a reading slump. Is there a name for that? Anyway, I got a lot of reading done. The first thing I read was You by Caroline Kepnes. I binge-read it in a single sitting on Monday. It was so good! I’m obsessed. And I can’t wait for the sequel (which is yet another new release I want to buy this month).

Next, I read Again! by Emily Gravett. Yes, this is a children’s book. I bought it from Book Outlet for the baby I nanny. And I decided, since I’ve been reading a lot of children’s books lately (to the baby, not just because), I wanted to include them on Goodreads, and in my wrap ups. Because why not? I really enjoyed Again! and the baby is kind of obsessed with it, and that’s really the best kind of review. If you have a child or know a child, I’d recommend it!

Then I finally finished reading The Bees by Laline Paull. I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. I think it’s just one of those books where everything sounds good in theory, and the concept and characters are actually pretty interesting, but it just didn’t work for me. I had a hard time getting into it. But it was a very unique read. I gave it three out of five stars on Goodreads. If it sounds intriguing to you, give it a try.

And, finally, I read The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it! I was completely unprepared for this book, though, and ended up sobbing about two thirds of the way through, all the way until the end. I’m talking, full on tears streaming down my face. I haven’t cried like that over a book since The Book Thief. And I’m still a little bit brokenhearted. The Serpent King will be released March 8th, so I will definitely be doing a full review before then!

Yesterday, I also went to Barnes & Noble to kill some time. Which you all know ended badly (for my wallet). I was being really good, talked myself out of buying any of the BN leather-bound classics, told myself I didn’t need a new journal, and barely glanced at the coloring books. And then I walked into the sci-fi section. Where I saw V. E. Schwab’s new book, A Gathering of Shadows. Which, in case you don’t know, isn’t supposed to come out until Tuesday. I, of course, Instagram-ed my frustration at having a signed copy coming in the mail, and having to talk myself out of reading it a few days early. I put it back on the shelf, and walked away. Then V. E. Schwab herself responded to my post encouraging me to get a copy (#badinfluence – her hashtag, not mine), and I couldn’t not get it after that (obviously). So that’s my fun story. I’m currently 32 pages in, and it was totally worth it.

I also picked up a new translation of War and Peace, because I’m having trouble with the one I’m currently reading (by Pevar and Volokhonsky). I saw the new one by Anthony Briggs, and read his version of the first three chapters and – holy crap – it’s so much easier to read. I didn’t think translation would make that much of a difference! I’m actually looking forward to reading it now! So that was worth it, in my opinion. I also don’t mind having different translations (because I’m a book nerd). So, it was a good pick, I think.

And that’s it for the week! I hope you’re all having a nice start to the weekend! I will be editing like mad, because my final editing portfolio is due tomorrow (Sunday). But then I have a whole week off work, and two weeks off school. Which means READING! And also reorganizing all my books (maybe I’ll do a post on that). And now I’m going to go to bed, because I’m delirious, and just stopped writing and spent five minutes trying to get a sticker off my new copy of War and Peace. Clearly, it’s time for bed.

Let me know what you’re reading this week/weekend in the comments!


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