This week wasn’t a great week for reading. For the past few days, I’ve kind of been bouncing between a few books, not really getting much read in any anything. I ended up finishing two books – a reread that I loved just as much as the first time I read it, and a new release I didn’t like that much at all.
The first book I finished this week was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read this a little over two years ago, and loved it. This time around, I listened to the audiobook – narrated by Jim Dale – and loved it just as much, if not more. It’s been a while since I’ve reread one of my favorite books, and I am so glad I did. (Thanks, Goodreads, for adding the reread feature.)
Then I read the end of Rosalyn Eves’s debut novel, Blood Rose Rebellion. I had high hopes for this one, and, unfortunately, it just wasn’t my kind of book. I actually didn’t dislike the story or the writing, but I didn’t like the characters at all. The main character in particular was exactly the kind of character I hate in young adult literature. She was superficial and boy-crazy, to an extent that it overshadowed her actual abilities (which, admittedly, were a bit too ‘special snowflake’ for my taste). I’ll have a review up in a few weeks, but this book just wasn’t a favorite.
Currently, I’m reading The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, which I am trying to finish in time to have a review up for you tomorrow. So far, I’m really enjoying it, though not quite as much as Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This week, I also (finally) started reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I actually tried to read this a few times last year, but couldn’t get into it. This time, I am absolutely loving it, and I think it’s going to be a favorite. Definitely a case for giving books second chances. Speaking of which… I picked up Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson again this week, and am hoping to finish it for Women’s History Month. I started reading this the day before the election, and then I got upset (naturally) and put it down. No fault of the book’s, so it’s time I continue reading it.
One of the highlights of my week was watching the film adaptation of A Man Called Ove on Friday night. And I have to say, it was a brilliant adaptation. I loved it just as much as the book, and it’s Oscar nom was very deserved. I don’t watch foreign films as much as I would like, and watching this one definitely encouraged me to explore more of them.
I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Let me know what you’re reading (or watching) in the comments!