This week has been a long one. As I write this (at 6pm Friday night), I’ve just gotten home from a long day of work which involved saving a toddler from a spider (I hate spiders) and having that same toddler vomit mac and cheese all over me. Add in the hour in traffic, in the summer heat, smelling like vomit and I think it’s safe to say that today was not a good day.I need a weekend off. Which I’m not going to get thanks to grad school. (Its times like these I question my decision to stay in school this long.) I’m beginning to dream of future weekends in which no homework is involved. What are those like? It’s been two years, I can’t remember. This weekend, I will be revising a short story I wrote for class. Which sounds much easier than I know it will be. I’m kind of starting to hate this story. But at least this class will be over soon. And maybe (maybe) I’ll post my story here after the class is over.
Enough complaining, onto the reading! Despite having a shitty week (I’ve read almost nothing since Tuesday), I did manage to finish three books. The first was Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg. I liked her Paper Magicians trilogy last year, so I thought I’d give her new book a shot. It’s about a baker who can infuse emotions and skills into baked goods. The actual plot was nothing like I was expecting, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I’ll have a review up this week for those of you who are interested.
Then I (finally) finished the audiobook of Mary Poppins. I’ve been listening to it periodically for a month or so with the toddler I nanny. Audiobooks keep him quiet in the car, so it’s a win-win. And, after finally reading this children’s classic (as well as watching the movie numerous times and seeing two different versions of the stage play), I have to say: the movie is better. I feel weird saying that, but it’s true. The book wasn’t my favorite, but I am glad I finally read it.
And, last but not least, I read Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán. I’ve had an ARC since November (when it was released), and never got around to reading it. I can’t tell you why I waited so long, because I ended up really enjoying it. It’s a contemporary novel about a women who freaks out just a little bit after finding out she has cancer and her husband of eight years is gay. In the same day. So, freaking out is kind of a justified reaction in my opinion. It was a really cute book, and I think a lot of people will like it. I’ll have a review up this week for this one as well.
This week, I also got two preordered books in the mail: Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I haven’t gotten around to Saga yet, but I’ve been slowly making my way through This Savage Song. It’s really good, I just haven’t felt much like reading. I’ve also been working on Moby Dick. It’s a long ‘un. I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the month, but it’s a slow read.
I should also mention that I haven’t read any short stories this week (I didn’t do my homework again – oops!), so there won’t be a mini review post tomorrow.
Hope you all have a great weekend! Let me know what you’re reading this week.