It’s the first week of the year, and I am so excited to start off the new year with some reading. I’m just about done with my masters – my last assignment is due tomorrow – which means I should be able to read a lot this year. Fingers crossed. I’m kind of burnt out on reading at the moment, so I’m getting a slow start, but I’m kind of okay with that since I did just finish grad school. I can read later.
I did manage to finish one book this week: Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody. I listened to the audiobook, which was fantastic. I really enjoyed her writing, and thought she did a really great job reading it. I think there were a lot of subtleties that were highlighted by her reading, so if you’re an audiobook listener and want to read this book, I highly recommend going that route.
After that, I started The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I’m almost done listening to it, and I am in love with it so far. I hadn’t read anything by Fisher before now, but I am definitely going to read the rest of her books! I think she’s a brilliant writer. And she had such an interesting life, it’s no surprise her memoir is fascinating. I think I might move on to Wishful Drinking next, though if you have another suggestion, let me know!
Finally, I started reading Han Kang’s Human Acts. That name might be familiar to you because her book The Vegetarian has been pretty popular recently (and is still on my TBR). This one is about a young boy killed in a revolt in South Korea and the aftermath of his death. I believe it was recently translated, and I recieved a copy from Penguin First Reads for review. I will be finishing it this weekend, and will most likely have a review up on Monday.
One of the reasons I haven’t read that much this week is because, after finishing my thesis, I thought I’d treat myself to a time-sucking computer game. Since it was on sale (and one of the few games available for Mac), I decided on Dragon Age II. And I may or may not have spent like fifteen hours playing this week. It’s hugely addicting, and I didn’t hate having to start over due to a glitch (and my newbie saving mistakes), which is saying a lot. And now I’m going to play it some more, so I’ll end this post here.
Let me know in the comments what your first book of the year was (or is)!