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!