Weekly Wrap Up – March 19


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.

11 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up – March 19

  1. Good to hear ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ is a good read! Wanted to try it for a while because I loved the TV series (worth a watch if you’ve not seen it) – and Rae Earl makes me laugh on twitter 🙂

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    1. I did immediately start watching the series on Hulu haha. It’s a bit different, but I think you’ll still enjoy the book. And now I need to go find Rae Earl on Twitter…


    1. Thanks! Bullet journaling is basically making your own planner that serves whatever purposes you want to use it for. It’s more customized, and can track things more efficiently. In my case, I like seeing just my blog posts planned out, rather than mixed in with everything else I need to do. And I love how customizable it is! I got a lot of ideas from Pinterest and YouTube, so that might be a good place to start.

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  2. I loved My Mad Fat Diary, it’s such a great read. I don’t know where you’re based but Channel 4 in the UK did a series based on the book and it was really good. I’d recommend it if you get a chance to see it. I’ve got Exit West on my wish list, I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much.
    I’d like to read a post about bullet journals – I love the idea of them but I feel like I wouldn’t know where to start with making one.
    Here’s my weekly wrap-up post: https://rathertoofondofbooks.com/2017/03/19/weekly-wrap-up-19-march/

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    1. I’m in the US, but my copy of the book had an ad for the series on Hulu, so I already started watching it. Thanks! And I look forward to seeing what you think of Exit West! It’s brilliant. (I’m still figuring out how I want to do my bullet journal post, but I think it’s definitely happening)

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