This week was ridiculously long, and I am so glad it’s over. Between working overtime and having actual social events to go to (ew), I feel like I haven’t had any time to relax until just now. Yet, somehow, I read three books this week. I have become a master at secretly reading at my desk, and I am totally okay with that.
The first book I read this week is The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of this one. It was different than what I was expecting, and I couldn’t get into the story. I wouldn’t call it a bad book, but I didn’t enjoy it. I’ll have a full review up of this one soon (Friday, I think?), so check back if you’re interested.
Then I read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. This book, I loved. I finished the majority of it in a single lunch break – it’s less than 100 pages – and it was amazing. It was really refreshing to see a science fiction book that didn’t need a ton of extraneous detail or characters or plots. I’m a huge fan, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. (My review of Binti will be up tomorrow.)
Finally, I read Freshwater by Akwaede Emezi. This is one of the strangest and most unique books I have ever read, and I absolutely loved it. I’m still in awe of the writing. It was truly amazing, and you know how critical I can be when it comes to writing. I am so happy I read this. I will have a review out as soon as I can get my thoughts together enough to write it. This technically comes out February 13th, but some bookstores – including Amazon – seem to be shipping or shelving them early. If you’re looking for more diverse books to read this year, add Freshwater to your list.
I’ve been suffering a bit of a book hangover since finishing Freshwater, but I’m hoping to jump back into Circe this week, because I am loving it so far. I’m also planning to continue Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams, the third book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series. This is such a weird and wonderful series, and I am so glad I decided to finally read them all.
What are you reading this weekend?