Weekly Wrap Up – July 2

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Obviously, I decided to revamp my blog graphics again. I just wasn’t feeling the ones I was using (and they took more time to update for each post). I also wanted to incorporate more photos into my posts, and I really like how this one turned out! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Okay, moving on to the actual books (because that’s the important part, right?), I read two of them this week, both of which I have been looking forward to for a long time.

The first book I finished this week is The Sellout by Paul Beatty. This won the Man Booker Prize last year, which enticed me to immediately buy a copy. I started reading it right away, but really wasn’t in the mood for it, so I put it on hold. From the reviews I’ve read, that seems to be a pretty common reaction. You definitely have to be in the right headspace for this book. Because once I was, I ended up really enjoying it! It’s not really a book you can fly through, it took me a while, reading it in small chunks, to get through it. But I think it was worth it. I can see why this won the Man Booker, and I definitely enjoyed it as a satire. If you like literary fiction, I would recommend this. And if you couldn’t get into it, give it another shot. I think The Sellout definitely deserves it.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know what a huge fan I am of Christina Henry’s fairy tale retellings. So I was eagerly anticipating her Captain Hook origin story, Lost Boy. And I have not been able to get it out of my head since I finished it on Thursday. It is easily one of my favorite books of the year. It was brilliant and insightful and fun and heartbreaking, and I will never be able to look at Peter Pan the same again. I’m honestly a little bit upset I hadn’t read Peter Pan before this one, because it really colored my opinion of the characters. So I would recommend reading the original first (though it’s not necessary at all). Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was so, so good. It’ll be in stores on Tuesday, and I will have a full review up tomorrow, so be sure to come back for more of my thoughts on Lost Boy.

I am currently reading three books at the moment (an ebook, and audiobook, and a hardcover). The first is A Paris All Your Own (also out on Tuesday), which is a book of essays about – spoiler alert – Paris. So far, this is an okay read. I’ve enjoyed most of the stories, but I think I was expecting a little more from it. The second book I’m reading is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I will eventually finish this book. At the moment, I’m listening to it as an audiobook, but I may flip back and forth between audio and paperback. I’m really enjoying it so far, but it’s definitely a beast. And I keep having to take breaks to listen to the musical. Finally, I just started Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen (out July 11). I’m not very far into it, but I love the writing so far, and am excited to see where the story goes.

That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a good weekend. As always, let me know what you’re reading this weekend in the comments.

And for all my fellow American readers, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

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