Weekly Wrap Up – January 28

weekly wrap up

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?

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22 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up – January 28

  1. Reading ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge and struggling to put it down to get on with life stuff! Would fully recommend it so far. Sounds like you read some fascinating books this week – I’ll be sure to put Freshwater on my list.

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              1. Oh I have oodles to suggest to you. Try Norwegians Anne Holt, Karin Fossum or the master writer Jo Nesbo, or for something lighter, Camilla Lackberg. I also like Hakan Nesser (swedish), Henning Mankell, Elsebeth Egholm (Danish) and Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason or the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larson. Many have been made into Tv series or movies. That shoukd keep you going for a while!!

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  2. You have me intrigued about Freshwater. Want to see your review. I just read the first book of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series and love it so I am hoping to get to the others at some point. I just went to the library yesterday and I picked up six reads. I am starting the week with “Behold the Dreamers,” by Imbolo Imdue. I am hoping to have a review later this week. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully I’ll have a review of Freshwater up next week. And I’m really enjoying the rest of the Hitchhiker’s series. Not quite as good as the first book, but they still make me laugh.

      I have a copy of Behold the Dreamers (somewhere) – I really want to read it. I’ll have to check out your review. Thanks!

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    1. I wouldn’t say it’s a ghost story – the synopsis is kind of misleading, it’s more about their marriage – but I hope you enjoy it anyway. My review will be up Friday (I was disappointed, but mostly because the writing just wasn’t my cup of tea and I found it hard to get into.) Can’t wait to see what you think of it, though!

      I’m picking Circe back up today, and I’m so excited. The writing is fantastic.

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