Weekly Wrap Up – March 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s the one day each year it is (kind of) acceptable to put food coloring in beer. Which I have actually never tried, because 1. I really hate crowds and drunk people, and 2. I’m more of a gin person. Even though I lived in Boston for two years. But we’re here to talk about books, so let’s just do that.

This week, I finished three books, but two of them were books that have been on my TBR for ages, so it feels like a huge accomplishment.

I’ll start with the least exciting book I read this week: Cymbeline by William Shakespeare. It wasn’t bad, but it’s definitely not a favorite. I’ve honestly already forgotten quite a bit of it already. It just didn’t stand out.

This week, I also read Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, which has been on my TBR since high school. Honestly, I just really wanted to know where that phrase came from, and probably didn’t need a 450-page book to do it. I did enjoy it – and I can definitely see why some people love it – but it just didn’t speak to me. Maybe I’ll read it again in the future to see if I’m in a better mood for this particular story. But I’m glad I finally read it.

Finally, I finished Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. Yes, I know I’ve been reading this forever. But it’s a nearly 700-page biography that is very science-heavy, so it wasn’t the most entertaining read. I can only focus on the theory of relativity for so long. (Let’s just say I understand it more than I did a month ago, but I probably couldn’t explain it well enough to save my life.) I think for that reason, it wasn’t as engrossing as Isaacson’s biography of da Vinci that I read and loved last year, but it was still really great. I’d say on par with Ron Chernow’s Hamilton biography.

Now, onto my current reads!

I’ve put The Butchering Art on a brief hold, but I’m looking to pick it back up soon. I’m actually enjoying it, but kind of need to set aside better times to read this one, because it is NOT a good book to read while eating lunch, which is my usual daily reading session.

I’m also working on The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin, which I’m ambitiously hoping to finish later today. I’m enjoying this one quite a bit, and it’s especially interesting since it’s based on real people and actual events. So I’ve been periodically looking up pictures of the actors mentioned (and I don’t really get the appeal of Douglas Fairbanks, but that’s just me).

And, last but not least, I needed a fun read, so I started Casey McQuiston’s debut novel, Red, White & Royal Blue, which is about the president’s son falling in love with a British prince. I’m not a big romance reader, but I needed to read this one. And I’m really liking it so far! It’s such a fun story, and I’m excited to read more.

That’s it for this week! I’m off to try and binge-read the last 250 pages of The Girls in the Picture and still have enough time to write all the blog posts for this week. #notgonnahappen

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! And if you’re celebrating St. Paddy’s Day, I wish you a fun and safe holiday!

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