I don’t know how I did it – actually, it was probably the two and a half day work week – but, this week, I managed to finish a grand total of five books. And I liked most of them. Three of them are nonfiction, bringing my Nonfiction November count to seven thus far (not sure if I’ll be able to fit another in). It’s more than I thought I’d be able to do this month, and I’m really happy with it.
The first book I read this week is Buffering by Hannah Hart. I’ve been a fan of Hannah Hart pretty much since she started her YouTube channel, so I was definitely excited to read this book. I learned a lot about her, and thought it was a great memoir, overall. My only complaint is that it ended kind of abruptly, but I do think any fan of Hannah Hart will like this book.
This week, I also listened to the audiobook of Artemis by Andy Weir, which I enjoyed a lot. I don’t think it was quite as good as The Martian, but it was a really fun read. It was exciting and fast-paced and science-packed, but, sadly, left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS. If I knew there would be a sequel, it wouldn’t bother me so much, but they’re still nagging at me.
After Artemis, I FINALLY finished The Magician King by Lev Grossman. Three years and two attempts later, I finally slogged my way through it, and, honestly, I probably should have just DNFed this one. I liked the first book in the series, but, for some reason, I didn’t like the writing in this one, and I couldn’t bring myself to care about the story at all. I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.
Then I read Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by John Krakauer, which I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. I don’t know if enjoyed is the right word for this book, but I got a lot out of it, and I’m really glad I read it. It was a difficult book to read, and I’m sure it would be triggering for many people, but if you think you can handle it, I’d highly recommend it.
Finally, I picked up another book I’d been meaning to read for years: A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs. It’s been a while since I’ve read Augusten Burroughs, and I’m glad I got back into his work. This book was another difficult read, but I am happy to have read it, and, if you’re into dark memoirs, I would recommend it.
At the moment, I am reading… nothing. I haven’t picked up another book since I finished A Wolf at the Table, because I can’t decide what I’m in the mood for. I think I might start Lab Girl tomorrow (I picked up the audiobook in Audible’s Black Friday sale).
What are you reading this weekend?