Weekly Wrap Up – August 20

Yet again, I haven’t finished any books in the last week. I feel like this is going to become a common occurrence as I work through my thesis, and I don’t like it. Still I have been reading a few books that I’m thoroughly enjoying, so I thought I’d share a bit about those anyway (even though I’ve got my fingers crossed they’ll make it into next week’s wrap up).

The first book I’ve been reading is Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. You might have heard about this one – it’s Oprah’s newest book club pick. I’ve actually had an ARC for a few months, but because of Oprah, it got released early (it was due out September 13th), so I’ve been trying to finish as soon as possible to get my review up next week. It’s kind of a modern take on the slave narrative, which I’m really enjoying, having read several actual slave narratives throughout college and grad school. It started a bit slow, but I love the characters, and the plot is really starting to pick up for me. I finished my homework early this week so I can get some reading done this weekend, and I’m really hoping to finish this one by Monday.

I’ve also been listening to the audiobook of Persuasion by Jane Austen. I can’t say it’s a particularly great audiobook, as far as the audio itself goes, but it’s fine and I’m definitely enjoying the story. It combines a lot of things I love about Austen, and I like that it’s the most autobiographical of her novels. If you follow me on Goodreads or Twitter, you might be aware that I hate Mary, which is pretty standard with the Austen books I’ve read – there’s always one female character I can’t stand. I think Mary is only my second most-hated Austen character, and that’s only because Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey) was purposely manipulative, Mary’s just a selfish idiot. Apart from Mary, though, I find myself identifying a lot with Anne Elliot, the protagonist, which is always fun in classic novels. I find that Austen was pretty great at capturing human nature in a way that’s proven to be rather timeless. I’m looking forward to finishing this one, and will probably end up reviewing it at some point.

In addition to these two books, I’m planning on reading some of Stephen King’s On Writing this weekend, as part of my thesis writing class. I’ve read it before and loved it, and I’m hoping to like it this time around as well.

Obviously, I will also be continuing to work on my thesis this week, which is going probably as well as can be expected. I’m not entirely happy with it, but I rarely am with things I write, especially first drafts, so that’s okay. Luckily, I’ve chosen to work on a project I’ve written quite a bit of already, so I’m kind of just rewriting what I had already done. Making the first part of this project a lot easier than it could have been.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Let me know what you’re reading in the comments below – I’d love to hear about some great books! Also, have you read The Underground Railroad? What did you think? And if not, are you planning to?

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