Weekly Wrap Up – March 26

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I almost forgot to do this week’s weekly wrap up because I’ve been so busy. I have a project and a journal entry due tomorrow (Sunday) and, since my school is online and “down for maintenance” most of today, I’ve been scrambling to get them done. Plus, I’d like to spend Easter with my family, not doing homework. So I didn’t accomplish much reading-wise this week. That said, I did finish two books, and read parts of four others.

The first book I finished this week was The Cursed Prophecy by Caitlin Perry, which the author kindly provided to me for review. It is a young/new adult fantasy novel about a girl who discovers there is an old alien prophecy about her. You can check out my review of this book here.

I also finished a short book yesterday called Stealing Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. I read it on a whim, and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s one of those little advice books that, really, contain nothing new, but are still fun to read. I liked how it was organized, and there were a lot of good little bits of advice in it.

Those are all the books I finished this week, but I did read parts of several others. I continued listening to the audiobook of Sherlock in America, which is actually a short story anthology. I like some stories better than others, but overall, I’m enjoying it. I’m also working on The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (since yesterday was Tolkien Reading Day), and am loving it! I kind of read it when I was twelve (by which I mean I kind of skimmed it so it would look like I was reading it), and have been meaning to actually read it for years. I’m definitely appreciating Tolkien’s writing a lot more this time around.

I am still slogging along through War and Peace, not quite meeting my fifty-page-a-day goal, but that’s okay. I’m still finding the new translation by Anthony Briggs much easier than the other edition I own, so I’m hopeful I will actually finish this book. Still, it’s not an easy read. Regardless of translation, Tolstoy’s characters are a challenge; they each have several names and there are a lot of them (the same is true of Anna Karenina, which I read last year). So that slows me down quite a bit.

And finally, I started reading bell hook’s All About Love: New Visions, which is this month’s read for Our Shared Shelf. I actually bought a copy the first week of March and completely forgot about it until this week. Oops! I’m going to try and finish it this week, but I won’t be too upset if it takes me a few extra days. I’m already planning on getting the audiobook for April’s pick (How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran) because I only have a few hours left of Sherlock Holmes in America.

I was, perhaps, a bit overambitious with my reading this month, but that’s okay. If I manage to finish The Fellowship of the Ring, I will have completed all of my March TBR except for one book, which is really good for me. So I’m happy with it.

Especially because the reason I didn’t get much reading done this week is that I’ve been writing! I got myself a new little MacBook on Tuesday because I wanted a smaller (and easier to carry around) writing computer. So far I’m loving it! And the increased portability has been a huge plus. As of my writing this (at 8:30pm on Friday) I’ve written just short of 11,000 words! In a less than a week, you guys! And I have not yet experienced writing burnout (knock on wood). I’m excited about where this story is going, and I think this might finally be the one (I’ve never actually finished writing a book because I’m too self-critical and edit them to death before I even hit the halfway mark). Fingers crossed I can keep this up, and finish it soon. Perhaps when I get a bit more written, I’ll be ready to share some of it with you. But, for now, I’m being really good about not editing, and I need to stay in writer mode.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Let me know what you’re reading in the comments!

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