Weekly Wrap Up – April 23

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Last week, I was so sick that I didn’t even touch a book for six days. And when I finally did, I made it through about three pages before I had to put it down. But I made up for it this week by finishing three books and starting another two!

The first book I finished this week is The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. I loved this book, and am so glad that I was able to return to Elizabeth Kostova’s writing. I really want to reread The Historian, because it’s one of my all-time favorites, and the writing in The Shadow Land reminded me just how much I loved it. Check my full review of The Shadow Land if you’re interested.

Then I moved on to Saga Vol. 7 after reading Vol. 6 earlier this month. And while I didn’t quite love this installment as much as the previous one, I still think it was great, and am so happy to finally be caught up on this series. Now, when are we getting the next one?

This week, I also I read How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. This is a book about a girl who has to deal with growing up and getting out from under the wing of her narcissistic mother, and finds herself falling in love with another girl. It was a cute, young adult contemporary story, and I think it’s going to be a hit when it releases on May 2. My review will be up tomorrow, so be sure to check back if you want to read my thoughts!

Then I started Beartown by Fredrik Backman, which will be out on Tuesday. I did want to have a review up by then, but this is a bit of a slower read for me. I love Backman’s writing, but I’m not super invested in the plot. It’s about hockey, and my sister is hockey-obsessed to the point where it’s obnoxious so I tend to zone out when I hear (or read) that word. I’m hoping the story picks up (and is about something more than just hockey), but I still think I’m going to enjoy this book.

Finally, I decided I wanted to read a book that I didn’t have to read for review (there are SO MANY), and was in the mood for a history book, so I picked up A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom. I have a bunch of random history ebooks on my iPad, and honestly chose this one on a whim while I was scrolling through. And so far, I’m really enjoying it! It’s exactly what it sounds like: a history of the concept of the wife, how wives were viewed by society, the purposes of marriage, and how women began to gain more independence starting with marriage. I love that it’s comprehensive (it literally starts in biblical times and moves through Ancient Greece and Rome; I’m currently in the Middle Ages), but still told through a feminist lens because that’s my favorite kind of history book. Let me know if you’d like to see a review on this one!

That’s it for this week! It’s been a very busy weekend for me, and I’m looking forward to a more relaxed week (and a job interview!). As always, feel free to share what you’re reading this week in the comments!

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