I feel like I’m wrapping up August on a high note, in terms of both quality and quantity. This week, I managed to finish three books, and start a couple more that I am really loving! I also got a decent amount of writing done – the first 3-5,000 words of my thesis are due tomorrow. Overall, it was a really good week, and I’m happy to be back on track, reading-wise.
The first book I read this week was The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. After reading Gone Girl last year, I’ve been meaning to pick up another Flynn book, and since this one was super short, and I was in the mood for a thriller, I thought I’d give it a shot. It was a nice afternoon read (I finished it in under an hour), though, instead of satisfying my craving for a few thrills, it made me want to read more. I did a full review here if you’d like to read more.
I definitely got what I wanted – and more – from the next book I picked up: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This book was incredible! It completely blew my mind, and was the perfect blend of sci-fi and thriller. I will have a review up sometime next week. But if you like science fiction or thrillers at all, you need this book.
I also want to mention that Dark Matter was my first book from the Book of the Month Club, which is the first bookish subscription box I’ve subscribed to! I love that, every month, you get a choice of five (hardcover) new releases, and you can add up to two more books each month for $10/each. It’s a great deal, and I honestly had a hard time choosing between all the great books they have. I’m already a fan.
Finally, I finished reading – or, I should say, listening to, since I went with the audiobook for this one – Persuasion by Jane Austen. It’s my fourth Austen book, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a bit more mature than her other novels, which makes sense, since it was her last. I enjoyed the fact that the protagonist is my age (27), so she was a bit more experienced and world-weary than Austen’s other heroines. I identified with her more than even Elizabeth Bennet (as much as I hate to say that), and I just really loved this book.
This week, I also started reading a Tolkien biography by Colin Duriez. Although I’m not very far into it at the moment, it’s really fascinating. I’m enjoying learning about Tolkien’s childhood, and how it influenced his writing (which, in turn, influenced an immense amount of fiction). I will most likely review this when I’m done, because it’s a great read for any Tolkien fan.
After I finished Persuasion, I downloaded the audiobook of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (I use Audible, in case anyone is wondering). I’ve had this on my TBR for a while now, and I really like the audiobook narrator, so I’m really enjoying listening to this. Although I’m also glad I already owned the hardcover, because I listened to it on my commute yesterday, and immediately came home and picked up the book. I’m really into this one, so thanks to everyone who recommended it!
Let me know what you’re reading this weekend in the comments!