Weekly Wrap Up – March 19

Stack Of Books

This week was kind of a long one for me. It was my second week of the class I’m currently taking – a seminar in how to teach writing – and it’s not a class I’m that interested in (since being a teacher is not something I want to do, it’s more of a back up of my back up plan). So I can already tell that it’s going to be a long semester, because usually I’m really excited about each class, at least towards the beginning, and I kind of just feel “meh” about this one. Despite my class killing my motivation to do anything, I did get a decent amount of reading done, so I’m pretty happy about that.

The first book I finished this week was An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel, which I enjoyed a lot more than I was expecting! It’s about a really old, old-school scary vampire who gets released after being trapped for three-hundred years and discovers, to his horror, that modern vampires are pretty. And good. I’ve definitely grown out of my vampire phase (yes, I did once enjoy Twilight – cringe), but I really liked this satirical take on the contemporary idea of vampires. They’re supposed to be scary, people! If you’re interested, you can check out my review here.

I spent almost all of the remainder of the week reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. This was an unexpected read – it’s on my TBR list, but I wasn’t expecting to get to it anytime soon – but I was inspired to pick it up after doing research for my International Women’s Day post last week. And I am so glad I did! I absolutely adored this book, and it’s definitely earned a spot among my favorites. It’s not exactly cheery, but it is definitely revolutionary for the early Victorian era. So far, I’ve read half of the Brontë sisters’ novels (there are eight total) and this one just might be my favorite. I will be doing a full review soon!

I’ve also been slowly making my way through the audiobook version of Sherlock Holmes in America, which is a collection of short stories about – you guessed it! – Sherlock Holmes in America. I’ve only read a couple of the original stories, and while I like the Conan Doyle originals a better, so far, these are not bad. I like the different takes on Sherlock and Watson (there’s even a story told from Mycroft’s perspective) so I’m enjoying it. And the stories are all almost the exact length of my commute, so that’s a win!

And, finally, yesterday I bit the bullet and jumped back into War and Peace. If you keep up with my blog, you might already know that I found a brand-spanking-new (easier-to-read) translation, so I started over with that copy. I am determined to finish it. Even if it takes me a year. My current goal is 50 pages a day. Which is totally doable, and means I will be able to finish it in about a month. Seeing as it’s the longest book I will have ever read, I think that’s acceptable. Especially since I’m capable of reading the entire Harry Potter series – all 4,100 pages of it – in about three or four days. In comparison War and Peace is only 1,400 pages. I can do this.

I think that’s about it for this week. I’d love to hear what you read this week or what you’re planning on reading next week. My plans are to keep going with War and Peace, make some progress on A Brief History of Time, and start reading The Fellowship of the Ring in time for Tolkien Reading Day (the 25th). Really glad The Tenant of Wildfell Hall put me in a classics mood!

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