Weekly Wrap Up – July 29

weekly wrap up

This was another great reading week! I think it’s safe to say I’m finally back to my regular reading pace of two to three books each week, and I am so happy! I’d gotten a bit behind on both ARCs and the books I want to get to this year, but I still have time to catch up. This week, I finished a total of three books (two of which I’d committed to reviewing, and it felt so good to cross a few more off my list).

The first book I finished is The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning (which was kindly sent to me by the author). I read this on a whim, and ended up really enjoying it! It reminded me quite a bit of the Jackaby series, which I binge-read last year and loved. This isn’t a crazy-popular book (yet), but it deserves to be. Definitely check it out if you like whimsical books with a fantastical flair. And read my review of The Colonel and the Bee to find out more.

Then I read Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart. I have mixed feelings about this. It’s a YA dystopian fantasy, which is something I’ve generally stopped picking up because I find it’s rarely all that original (or the characters get on my nerves). This was no exception. However, it still managed to draw me in. I finished this entire novel in a single day, and didn’t hate it. If I manage to not forget everything by the time the sequel comes out, I’ll probably read it. Check out my review of Grace and Fury to see why I thought this wasn’t the best, and why I still think this series has potential.

Finally, I finished Less by Andrew Sean Greer, which is this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. I’d tried reading this a month or two ago and couldn’t get into it. This time around, I went with the audiobook, and it made all the difference. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. If you’re looking for a good adult LGBT book, or you like literary fiction, this might be a good one to check out. My review will be up tomorrow!

As for current reads, I am almost done with Factfulness by Hans Rosling (which I’m hoping to finish today so it can be my nonfiction book of the month). This is definitely a must-read. It has made me feel so much better about the world, and given me a better understanding of what is actually wrong with it.

I also just started Kismet by Luke Tredget,which I picked up because I was in the mood for a fun summer read. I also like that this is a romance with a main character who is my age! I’m not very far into this one, but it seems like it’ll be a decent read.

I think that’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Me? I’m babysitting a two-year-old all weekend. Which means I’ve had a headache all weekend. I am so excited to go home and never have children.

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