Weekly Wrap Up – November 5

weekly wrap up

This week was incredibly exhausting. Between a crazy work week, my aunt being in town from overseas, my cat having to make two trips to the vet (she was recently diagnosed as diabetic – don’t worry, she’s doing okay), and a four-hour Saturday meeting for a freelance job that I probably should have turned down, all I want to do is sleep. I have absolutely no idea how I managed to finish two books this week, but I’m very proud of myself. Also, my eyes hurt.

The first book I finished this week is These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung. I definitely picked this up because of the title, but I am so glad I did. It was a really great book, and I think it is such an important read. I haven’t read anything like it. It was powerful but also really enjoyable. I’ll have a full review up tomorrow, so be sure to check that out.

Then I finished Tom Hanks’s debut collection of short stories, Uncommon Type. Really enjoyed this one as well. I was impressed with Hanks’s writing, and love that typewriters were a common theme throughout the book. I enjoyed all of the stories – some more than others – and especially liked Tom Hanks’s narration (I listened to the audiobook). My favorite story in the book is “The Past is Important to Us”. It was weird and fun and had a huge twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting at all. I think I might do a full review of this one, too. Let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in.

Now, onto my current reads:

I am still working my way through The Dark Half by Stephen King, which I am enjoying more the further I read. It’s just taking me a while. I don’t know that this is my favorite Stephen King book, but I already like it more than The Shining.

Since it is Nonfiction November, I decided to start a book that is not on my TBR, but that I’ve been meaning to read for a while: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I’ve heard great things about the audiobook, and I am definitely enjoying it so far. I haven’t read much about life in South Africa, so I’m actually learning a lot, which is awesome.

That’s about it for this week. I’m happy with how much my reading pace has picked up, and I hope it stays like this because I have a lot of reading to do.

What are you reading this weekend?

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