Weekly Wrap Up – June 18

weekly wrap up

This week was the first week that having a full time job really caught up with me. I didn’t feel like reading very much when I got home in the evenings. And, as you may have noticed, I ran out of time to blog toward the end of the week. I’m still working on figuring out a schedule that works for me, because I love this blog too much to neglect it. But, thanks to audiobooks and reading on my lunch break, I somehow managed to finish three books this week! And they were all amazing.

The first book I finished this week was The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman. I don’t want to get too into it, because it’s impossible to describe accurately in just a few sentences, but it’s essentially a love story between an artist and a teacher. There are video games involved. And it’s really fun. You can read my full review of The Chalk Artist if you’re interested.

I also finished listening to the audiobook of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Previously, the only Vonnegut I had read was a novella (God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater) that I thought was just okay, and a short story (Harrison Bergeron), which I loved. Slaughterhouse-Five was definitely more along the lines of Harrison Bergeron, and I definitely enjoyed it. It was interesting and bizarre, but it really works, and I had a lot of fun listening to it on my commute.

Finally, I finished The Changeling by Victor LaValle. This book completely blew me away! It was not what I was expecting at all, but I have been looking for a book like this for a long time. I will have a full review up (hopefully) tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that.

Currently, I’m listening to the audiobook of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s very interesting and educational (I now know the difference between LED and incandescent light bulbs). I’m not going to say I completely understand it, but it’s a good place to start if you want more information about astrophysics. And it’s definitely easier to comprehend than A Brief History of Time.

I am also currently in the middle of A Paris All Your Own, which is an anthology (edited by Eleanor Brown) of stories by female writers who have written bestselling books about Paris. I’ve never been to Paris, so I love that this book is really about the experience of going to Paris, and that it’s not all magical. It’ll be out on July 4th, so I’m hoping to have a review up before then.

And, because I’ve started keeping a physical book in my desk at work to read during lunch, I decided to pick up The Sellout by Paul Beatty. I read a bit of this months ago, but wasn’t in the mood for it, so I put it on hold. This time around, I have been really enjoying it! It’s hilarious and relevant, and one of the best satires I’ve read in a long time. (And also one of the best depictions of California I’ve read ever.) Let me know if you’d be interested in a review when I’m done.

That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments – I always love hearing what you’re enjoying at the moment.

Thanks for reading!

8 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up – June 18

  1. Working and blogging is really hard. I started to email reviews to myself from work when tings are really slow, which they are often enough for me to put thoughts into an email which I can later post on my site. Of course it is still not easy posting regularly; setting up the post, getting all the links, and finding info about the author take up real time. I know you will find a balance even if it means you post less, you can do both!
    I am currently reading Spindle Fire. I am not sure how I feel about it yet.
    Have a great week!

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    1. I’ve heard about Spindle Fire, but don’t know too much about it. I’ll look forward to seeing what you think.

      And I’ve been trying to write posts on my phone during lunch or downtime at work, and that’s helping a lot. But yeah, links and graphics take a while and I don’t always feel like it when I get home. I’ll find a balance soon. Thinking about cutting book reviews down to once a week, because I’m not reading as much as I was before, either. That might help. Thanks!


  2. Def agree, working and blogging/reading is difficult! I try to take a few chunks of time and crank out several book reviews for the future, since those take the most mental effort, and fill in with features as I feel like it!

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