This was a really great reading week for me! Because last Saturday/Sunday was Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I got a lot of reading done! I ended up finishing a total of eight books this week, six of which were for the readathon. Which is almost half of the total number of books I read in the month of April. So that’s pretty darn good.
The books I ended up reading for the readathon are: Egghead by Bo Burnham, The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion, Saga Vol. 5 by Brain K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Austenland by Shannon Hale, and The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff. I’m not going to go into all of them here, but if you’re interested, you should check out the mini blog I did during the readathon. For the most part, I really liked them all: I gave three stars to Egghead and Austenland, four stars to The Wizard of Oz, The Rosie Effect, and The Danish Girl, and five stars to Saga (I can’t wait for volume 6).
Now, while this was a pretty great reading week, it was definitely an emotional one, because the other two books I read made me cry. The first one is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. To be fair, it wasn’t the book itself that made me cry. It was the fact that I was reading such beautiful writing from a girl who died so tragically. Keegan graduated from Yale in 2012 with a job lined up at The New Yorker. Five days after her graduation, she was killed in a car accident on Cape Cod while going to visit her parents. After her death, her parents and one of her professors put together this book of short stories and essays, including “The Opposite of Loneliness,” which went viral after being published in the Yale Daily News. I really enjoyed this book, and it made me sad that someone with so much promise (more than I had in 2012, which is when I also graduated college), didn’t get the full life she deserved. And that we only get to enjoy a very limited amount of her writing. I highly recommend this book for any college students or recent grads.
The last book I finished this week is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This book was written by a doctor who, a little over a year before graduating from med school, was diagnosed with cancer. Kalanithi’s writing is amazing (no surprise given that he had a MA in English literature) and his story is just really amazing. Having experienced cancer second-hand (my dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2013), it was interesting to read more about it from this perspective. I tend towards being a bit more logical and scientific when it comes to illnesses and death, whereas the rest of my family is highly emotional, so I enjoyed reading his journey through a doctor’s eyes, and I liked that he had a realistic and practical view on death. I think that’s why I didn’t cry (though I did feel sad) while reading Kalanithi’s memoir, but then sobbed reading the epilogue written by his wife. I definitely recommend this book! It was incredible. (I’m going to try and make my dad read it, too.)
And that’s it for this week! This weekend marks the start of three weeks of final projects for me (for the same, stupid class), so I might not be getting a lot of reading done. I hope you all are having a great weekend. Let me know what you’re reading at the moment. And Keep an eye out for my monthly reading warp up post later today (possibly tomorrow depending on how my homework’s going this morning).
Thanks for reading!