This was actually an excellent reading week for me! I finished a total of four books, and was finally able to get into another book that I’ve tried to pick up several times already. Plus, I was able to get a little bit ahead on my homework, and, since I don’t have to do anything this weekend, I’ve decided to participate in my first readathon! Keep an eye out for that post – it’ll go up in a few hours, and I will update it periodically through the day. I am hoping to finish at least four books today, so keep your fingers crossed!
Looking back at this past week, the first book I finished is The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan. I actually stayed up until about 1 am last Saturday to finish it (because it’s impossible to sleep when you’re in the middle of a battle). I really enjoyed it and I can’t believe it took me this long to read the Percy Jackson series. I will definitely be reading Riordan’s other books – I actually got a signed copy of The Sword of Summer last year, but I want to read The Heroes of Olympus series first. I’ve love to hear what your favorite book from the Percy Jackson series is. I think mine’s The Battle of the Labyrinth.
Then I (finally) read Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I’ve actually had this book since September (even though it doesn’t come out until this coming Tuesday), but I kept putting off reading it. If I’m honest, I was kind of afraid I wouldn’t like it. But that fear turned out to be completely unfounded, because I ended up loving it! Its kind of an adult Illuminae, which was really interesting. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series. And I will have a full review up on Monday if you’re interested!
On Wednesday, I finished the audiobook of Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman, which was fantastic. So far, I have loved all of the book picks for Our Shared Shelf (Emma Watson’s feminist book club), with the exception of last month’s book, which I just haven’t read yet. Last week, I read How to Build a Girl by Moran, and I’m definitely sold on her writing. I love her humor and honesty. I will definitely be reading more of Moran’s books in the future, and will probably have a review up for this one soonish.
Finally, I read Our Town by Thornton Wilder. This was my pick for the Reading New England Challenge – this month’s theme was poetry or drama. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. I completely get why people call it “The Great American Play,” but I personally didn’t really enjoy it. I’ve thought about it for a few days, and I really just think it’s the writing style that I don’t like. It’s not bad, it’s just not something I’m able to identify with. Although the play dealt with a lot of emotional things – marriage, death, love, etc. – it seemed a bit detached, and I couldn’t get into it. But I’m still glad I read it, if only to see what it’s all about. My full review will be up on Wednesday.
This week, I’ve also been reading stories from Marina Keegan’s The Opposite of Loneliness, which are incredible! In case you didn’t know, Keegan was killed in a car accident three days after graduating from Yale. She had a job lined up at The New Yorker, and was well-known for her viral essay “The Opposite of Loneliness.” After her death, her family and professor assembled some of her best work – both fiction and nonfiction – into this book. Her stories are unlike anything I’ve ever read, mostly because they’re just so blatantly honest without hiding behind humor. They’re also brilliantly written. I’m reading this one slowly, one story at a time, but I love it so far.
After the first few stories in The Opposite of Loneliness, I was in the mood for something contemporary and serious. And, since I’m doing so well in my reading challenges, I wanted to pick up a book that doesn’t count towards anything (gasp! I know). I was looking for my giant TBR stack, and came across A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, which I had attempted to read twice already. But this time, I was actually in the mood for it, and I’ve gotten really into it!
What are you reading this weekend?