Weekly Wrap Up – February 12


I think the reading slump might actually be over! I read four books this week, two of which got five stars from me. I’m still trying to catch up with all the reading I need to do in the wake of grad school (I requested SO MANY February ARCs), but I’m getting there. Kind of.

The first book I read this week is The Perpetual Now by Michael D. Lemonick. It is about a woman who, after losing a significant portion of her brain from a devastating virus, can only remember about 10-15 minutes at a time. I enjoyed reading it, and learned a lot. Review here.

Then I read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. This book is completely unlike anything I’ve ever read, and I loved it! It’s sort of a ghost story, about Willie Lincoln’s first night in the cemetery after his death. Really interesting, and such a fun and unique read. Review here.

After that, I finished Gilded Cage by Vic James. I really enjoyed this one! It’s a fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi novel about a family who begins their “slavedays”, a decade during which they will serve as slaves for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful class. The upper class rules through their use of “Skill”, which is basically a variety of magical powers. This book had the potential to be really unoriginal, but I think it worked really well, and had a few elements that made it stand apart from books I thought would be overly similar. You can read my review here.

Finally, I finished the audiobook of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, which I loved! It’s about a curmudgeon-y old man who is trying to figure out what to do after his wife dies. It was cute and heartbreaking and funny and just so good! I am really looking forward to reading another of Backman’s books! (I may or may not write a review for this one, but let me know if that’s something you’re interested in.)

I also started reading a few books (because when am I not). The first one is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, because I needed to start it right away. I’m listening to the audiobook, which is read by Gaiman himself – he has the best voice. I’m really enjoying it so far! And, because I was in the mood for some more fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi after finishing Gilded Cage, I started an ARC of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. I’m about a quarter of the way though, and liking it so far. It’ll be out at the end of March, so I’ll probably have a review up next month sometime.

I am so glad this slump is over and I am back into reading lots of wonderful books! I still have a few books I really need to get through soon, and then I can kind of relax and read more of what I really want to read.

Let me know if there are any posts you’d like to see from me in the next few weeks – I’m working on some more discussion posts, so hopefully I’ll have those up soon!

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

10 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up – February 12

  1. I requested way too many February ARCs as well! Two of them (“The Mother’s Promise” and “The Typewriter’s Tale”) will be archived on their release dates, which puts pressure on me to finish and review them quickly!

    And I just looked through my shelf the other day and noticed that one of my June ARCs (“The Substitute”) will be released the 13th but is being archived on the 1st. Argh…why do they do that?! I keep a running, orderly list of which ones I need to read next so I won’t miss out on any of them.

    Good luck to you in finishing your February ARCs. I am slowly progressing on mine!

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    1. Same! I started keeping a blogging notebook with detailed notes for each month, so I know when each book is coming out and when I need to review it. It’s made everything so much easier. I always download them as soon as I get approved, that way when they’re archived, I still have them. (I like using the Kindle app, because they don’t expire like they do in Adobe Digital Editions.) Good luck with all your ARCs!

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      1. I guess I didn’t realize they stick around after they’re archived as long as I’ve downloaded them. :p I’ve only been using NetGalley for the past month or so even though I created an account last fall.

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        1. It definitely took me a while to get the hang of NetGalley. You can’t download them after they’re archived, but if you’ve already downloaded them, you can still read them. (I have a book from May 2016 I still need to read haha.) If you use Adobe Digital Editions (the protected EPUB option), they expire after a certain number of days, but if you use Kindle or the Kindle app, you can keep them forever.

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