This week was a much better week than last (though if you read last week’s wrap up, you know that’s not saying very much). It was stressful, but not necessarily in a bad way. I actually felt pretty productive this week, which is great. I started working on my master’s thesis, which is a very intimidating project, and one I’ve been dreading for months. But I think I’m happy with the direction I chose (ask me again in three months). I put together a whole post about what I’ll be writing and my thesis reading list – it’ll be up Thursday – and I’m sure I’ll have lots of updates for you as I continue working. I also finished three books this week, and, since that’s really what these updates are about, let’s talk about that:
The first book I finished this week was Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Finally! I’d been reading it for more than a month, and, even though I ended up really enjoying it, I was ready to be done. This is one of the reasons I push myself to do so many reading challenges (I read Moby Dick for the Reading New England Challenge) ; I end up reading books like Moby Dick that I otherwise either wouldn’t read at all, or would put off reading for years. This one’s been on my TBR for a very long time, so I feel great about having crossed it off the list! If you’re interested, you can check out my review here.
Then I finished reading The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. I absolutely loved this book, which is about the legal battle between Edison and Westinghouse over control of the lightbulb, a.k.a. The Current War. I am such a nerd for science-y things and historical inventors, so this was right up my alley. The Last Days of Night will be released on Tuesday, and my review will be up Monday, so keep an eye out for that.
The August theme for Reading New England Challenge was children’s books, so yesterday, I finally got around to reading Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. It was such a cute book, and I’m so glad I read it after so many years. I will have a review up for this next week as well, in case you’re interested.
That’s pretty much it for this week! I’m going to spend the rest of the weekend working on an outline for my thesis and hopefully getting some more reading done. I have quite a few books for review, but I’m itching to pick up something fun, so I might put them off for a while. Either way, I one of my next reads is going to be Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, which I have an ARC of and need to review, since they bumped the publication date up from Sept. 13 to Aug. 2.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Let me know what your current read it in the comments – I’m always curious about what other people are reading.