This week was a fairly good reading week. I ended up reading two books I absolutely loved (and will be reviewing soon). I’ve kind of been in a weird space, reading-wise, since I finished grad school, and I’m still figuring out how t get back into reading more, because I definitely have time for it, I just can’t focus. But two books isn’t bad, especially since they were good ones.
The first book I read (or listened to the audiobook of) this week is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. I’d been hearing about this book a lot lately, and decided to give it a shot, since it’s fairly short. And I was not disappointed. It was easily one of the best books I’ve read in a while, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up in my favorites at the end of the year. It’s about refugees in a world in which doors can transport them to different places. Loved the story, loved the characters, and loved the magical realism. I also really enjoyed the audiobook, which the author reads himself. I’m planning on having a full review up sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Then I picked up My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl. I just picked this up on Book Outlet a few weeks ago, and wasn’t planning on reading it anytime soon. But for some reason it caught my eye, and I got sucked into it. It’s a memoir, but it reads like a young adult novel, which was really fun. I think one of the reasons I love this book so much is because I could identify with it probably more than any other book I’ve ever read. Because I, too, was an overweight teenager with a narcissistic mother and a lot of unrequited crushes. Granted, our lives are very different in a lot of ways, but reading Rae Earl’s diary was like reliving my teenage years. And I didn’t completely hate that. It made me feel less alone in my teenage experience. Overall, it was just a really fun read, and I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you like young adult books and want to dip your toe into nonfiction.
This week, I also received a copy of If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio from Flatiron Books, and I am so excited about it. From what I understand, it’s a bit like The Secret History, with a lot of Shakespeare thrown in. And it was blurbed by Emily St. John Mandel, which would sell me on almost any book. I’m exited to read it soon! (Right after I finish Sylvain Neuvel’s Waking Gods.)
Finally, this week, I started a bullet journal. But since I have already have a nice planner, I’m using it primarily for reading and blogging, which I really love. I like having all that organized in one place, without a lot of other stuff in the way. And it’s so fun to put together the layouts that I like. I may do a post about it soon, so let me know if you’re interested in that!
I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Be sure to share your weekend reads in the comments – I always love your recommendations!
P.S. This post is a bit late because I got caught up playing Dragon Age II (again) and lost track of time. I may be a tiny bit obsessed with this game. And it’s probably a good thing it’s one of the very few games I can actually get on my Mac.