Weekly Wrap Up – August 6

This was an exceptionally bad week. Right up there with one of the worst I’ve ever had. It started out okay. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were  fine (for the purposes of these wrap ups, it works out my weeks start on Saturday). But on Tuesday, it all went to hell. I woke up with a sore throat, the beginning of what would turn into the flu and then a sinus infection caused by said flu. I woke up ridiculously early, and by the time I finished my tea, we’d gotten news that my one of my cats had to be put down and my grandma was in the hospital (she’s fine now, by the way). By the afternoon, after almost falling asleep in a dinky hospital chair, I was shivering in bed under six blankets – despite the 90-degree weather. Which is how I had to say goodbye to the relatives that spent two weeks with us and were going back home, a 20+ hour flight away. Because I could barely move. I don’t remember much of Wednesday other than that I was miserable. Thursday, I went to work (still sick, but better) and got a parking ticket. It’s also the same day I got a lovely visit from Aunt Flo, because I didn’t have enough to deal with (sorry if that’s TMI). Yesterday, all my flu symptoms went away and were replaced by insanely bad sinus congestion that has effectively (and temporarily, thankfully) rendered me mostly deaf. (I honestly can’t decide which one was/is worse.) I’ve spent the last forty-eight hours on so many different cold and pain meds, I’m surprised I can still write complete sentences. Did I mention this was my last week off before I start my thesis? So, my last week off of grad school for FIVE MONTHS. Yeah…

Despite all that, and he fact that I have read absolutely nothing since Monday, I did manage to finish two books. The first, obviously, is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I actually really enjoyed it. While it doesn’t hold the same place in my heart as the books in the original series, and I most likely won’t reread it a billion times, I thought it was a fun look into the future for the characters we know and love. You can read my review here if you’re interested.

On Monday, I listened to the audiobook of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. I’ve been meaning to read The Art of War for ages, and it was on sale, so… Also, the version I got is read by Aidan Gillen, aka Littlefinger. He does a fantastic job, and I have to say, listening to this book in Littlefinger’s voice was so much more engaging than not. I probably wouldn’t have finished it otherwise. Which is a shame, because it’s super short and surprisingly interesting (if occasionally irrelevant). If you’re interested in reading/listening, I highly recommend this version!

And we all know what happened the rest of the week. Which means there wasn’t any reading happening. Like at all, that’s not an exaggeration. I am still working on The Last Days of Night and will hopefully finish that this weekend. Next, I’m planning on starting The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, because I got an ARC a while back and the release date was moved up to this past week (which I didn’t know about) so I want to read and review it soon! I do have a lot of books to read this month, so keep your fingers crossed that next week is a better week. Which shouldn’t be that hard.

What are you reading this weekend?

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