Weekly Wrap Up – January 21

weekly wrap up

The fact that I just wrote November instead of January in the title should give you a clue as to how long this week has been. It was a short one, thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. Day here in the US, but it was kind of crazy. Which is only part of the reason my total read count this week is down to two books. But they were two great books.

The first book I finished this week is The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams. I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the second time last month, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally continue on with the entire series, because I never read past the first one. This one wasn’t quite as good, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and am planning on continuing. This is also a great series to listen to on audio – the books are all short, and the narrators (Stephen Fry for book one and Martin Freeman for the rest) are so good.

Then I read Pierce Brown’s Iron Gold. And, let me tell you, I have never procrastinated reading so much in my life (excluding assigned reading). I was terrified to finish this book, because Pierce Brown is like baby George R. R. Martin, and I knew someone was going to die and there was going to be a huge cliffhanger. Still, it was amazing. I didn’t love it quite as much as the original trilogy, but I think a lot of that was just getting used to the world and the three additional narrators. Also, Darrow pissed me off A LOT in this book. I’m still angry about it. But the additional narrators definitely grew on me, and I ended up loving this book. And I am bloodydamn glad the next one comes out in September, because I need it.

As for my current reads, I am technically in the middle of Circe by Madeline Miller. I didn’t touch it this week, but I’m going to pick it back up in the next couple of days. I am also planning on continuing the Hitchhiker’s Guide series on audiobook this week. And I think I might pick up Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, because I’m in the mood for something really good and really short (and it just came in the mail). Although, I’m also motivated to pick up some feminist literature right now, so it might be time for another reread of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. So many choices!

What are you reading this weekend?

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15 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up – January 21

  1. I just finished Susan Cooper’s Over Sea Under Stone and now I need to read the rest of the series (why is my library closed on Sundays?). I may have read it as a child, some things felt familiar, but if so I didn’t remember anything of the plot.

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      1. It was a quick and fun read. Slightly dated but very well-written. There were also many Arthurian references that made me wish I knew more of the Arthurian mythology (although it was still enjoyable without that background). My childhood reading was dominated by the Swedish children’s classics (Astrid Lindgren) so I enjoy exploring children’s classics from other countries.

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  2. How are you liking Circe? I read and really enjoyed The Song of Achilles but was a little reluctant to read her new book. And what about the Hitchhiker series on audiobook? Did they do a good job narrating the book? I’ve always wanted to read the series and might give it a try on audiobook format.

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    1. I’m not very far in, but I am really enjoying Circe. It’s just as beautiful as Song of Achilles, and I’m excited to see where the story goes.

      And they did a great job with the Hitchhiker audiobooks! I really enjoyed the first two, and think I’m just going to listen to the rest because they were so fun.

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  3. I’m reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, but I also just bought the 3rd book in the series The Kingmaker Chronicles, which I also started just yesterday. Soo, doin’ that double read haha.

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