Weekly Wrap Up March 24 – Revisiting Medieval Literature

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all had a great week. And, if you didn’t, that this coming week is better than the last. This week was an incredibly busy one for me at work, but, I still managed to finish four books I was already in the process of reading. As usual, I’m writing this at the very last minute, so let’s get right into it.

The first book I finished this week is Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. This is a combination of two things I read very little of: romance and new adult. But I couldn’t resist a book about the son of the US president falling in love with the Prince of Wales. This was so good! I binge read it in a single day. I’m not supposed to review it for another few weeks (I read it really far in advance because I couldn’t help myself), but a review is coming, promise.

Then I finished The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin, which I really enjoyed. This is about the friendship between Frances Marion and Mary Pickford, who were real, influential women during the golden age of Hollywood. This made me smile and broke my heart. Check out my review of The Girls in the Picture if you want to hear more.

Next was an unplanned reread of The Lais of Marie de France. I’ve been talking a lot lately about Medieval literature, and it made me want to revisit some of the texts I haven’t read in years. Because I don’t have time for The Canterbury Tales right now, I decided to go with a shorter book. Surprisingly, I remembered most of the lais, especially “Yonec”. I didn’t love it, but it did make me want to revisit more Medieval literature. Eventually.

Finally, I finished reading The Butchering Art by Lindsay Fitzharris. This is a nonfiction book about Joseph Lister, who was one of the first physicians who started to realize why hospital patients, particularly those who had surgeries, had such a high chance of dying (no one cared about germs back then). Interesting book, definitely one you should check out if you’re interested in medicine or how people lived during the Victorian era.

As for what I’m currently reading, I have two really great ones. I’m almost done listening to the audiobook of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, which I love so far. I can already tell you this is going to be a five-star read. I’m kind of annoyed with myself that I waited so long to read it. I also started another book that I should have read years ago: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. So far, I’m really enjoying it. It’s a book written for bibliophiles, so it would be difficult not to love.

That’s it for this week! What book(s) are you reading this weekend? Share them in the comments!

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