I actually just wrote November in the title, because how is it December already? This last month has felt like forever, but somehow also flew past. I have a ridiculous amount to do this month, and I have no idea how I’m going to get it all done. This week, I took on a freelance project which ended up taking about three times as long as I estimated. Which is great because I get paid more, but not so much since it’s currently 10 PM on Friday, and I have yet to start the 5,000 words of my thesis that are due on Sunday. This is not going to be a fun weekend.
Still, I did manage to find time to read, and finished three books in the last seven days. The first of which was Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. I really enjoyed this book, even though it took me forever to read. I published a full review on Monday, so if you want to read my thoughts on the book, head on over there. For those who have asked about Queen Victoria bios, I have not (yet) read the one by Daisy Goodwin, but I did just accept a new book by Kate Williams about Victoria before she became Queen, so I will hopefully have a review up on that at some point (it will be released later this month).
Then I finished Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which was kind of an unplanned read, but I’m glad I ended up reading it. I needed another “tome” for Tome Topple, and I knew this one would be a quick read. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Illuminae, but I think that might be solely that it didn’t have the novelty of the first book, because I had already read that one (obviously). Still looking forward to the next installment in the series, though!
Finally, I finished the audiobook of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (was this the week of author collaborations or what?), and, to be honest, I think I would have liked it better if I’d read it instead of listening to it. I don’t think the narration was bad, per se, but there were a lot of things that I just didn’t get, and that might have been partly due to the fact that it was easy to tune out of the audiobook. So many people with similar taste in books love this one, so I might end up rereading it (in physical form) at some point.
I am currently reading Little Women for my Little Women Readalong (there’s still time to join in!). I tried to read this several times in middle school and junior high, and, for whatever reason, couldn’t get into it. However, I’m really enjoying it this time around, and am excited to be hosting my first readalong!
I also started listening to the audiobook of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which is this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. I know this is a book I will probably enjoy, I just haven’t been able to get into it yet. But, since I have a lot of knitting to do for Christmas, I’m hoping listening to the audiobook while I knit will make this easier to get into.
And, because two books is not enough, I’m also in the middle of reading Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, and really enjoying it! It’s short, so hopefully I will finish it soon. Just not this weekend, because I have SO MUCH work to do.
Did you read any good books this week?