Weekly Wrap Up – April 14

This past week flew by so quickly. I can’t believe it’s Sunday (and Game of Thrones day!) already. I had another amazing reading week, and managed to finish another seven books! Since this is going to be a long wrap up, I’ll get right into it.

The first book I finished this week is something completely new for me: manga. I was thinking about things I don’t read all that often, and realized I have only ever read one manga book, and that was part of the Avalon high series by Meg Cabot. So I decided to read She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai. Because cats. It was cute, but nothing that blew me away. Still, I think it was a good introduction to manga, and I will consider reading more.

Then I finished Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, which I really enjoyed. I was really surprised/impressed that I finished this in a week, because it’s huge. But, mostly, I’m so happy to finally get this off my TBR, because it’s been sitting on my shelves for over a decade, unread. But it is off my TBR! And I almost don’t know what to do with myself.

This week, I also knocked out my FINAL two Shakespeare plays: Timon of Athens and As You Like It. Maybe it was the feeling of being almost done, but I ended up enjoying both of these quite a bit. My last Shakespeare mini reviews post is going up tomorrow, and I am almost done with my overall Shakespeare post, so that’ll be up soon!

Because I’ve been reading a lot of big books lately, I wanted to balance it out with some shorter books. So, this week I picked up a novella/short story by Taylor Jenkins Reid called Evidence of the Affair. I loved this! I thought it was really well-done and interesting. And even though it’s around a hundred pages, it still almost made me cry. Which is basically everything TJR writes. My review of Evidence of the Affair is already up, so you can go check that out if you’re interested.

Since I had some data entry to do at work, I picked up a short audiobook to listen to, and went with Sy Montgomery’s How to Be a Good Creature. This is a memoir told in thirteen animals, pets she’s had throughout her life, animals she’s worked with, and animals she encountered that changed how she sees things. I thought it was an interesting read, and made me even more excited to read The Soul of an Octopus, because she does mention the octopus that inspired that book.

And, last but not least, I read Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. Overall, I liked it, but the stories were kind of a mixed bag. There were a few I thought were just okay, but there were a few I really liked. All in all, worth reading.

That was all seven books I read/finished this week! And now it’s time for the current reads. The first one is for a top-secret (not really) blog project: The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon. So far, this is pretty interesting. I am learning a lot about being a psychopath, and also figuring out just how many psychopaths I know, which is fun.

I’m also reading Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir, which is the fourth book in the Six Tudor Queens series. I love this series, and I’m loving this book! I’m not that far into it yet, but so much stuff has already happened. I’m excited to read more.

Finally, I started another big, intimidating book that’s been sitting on my shelves for ages: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I’m listening to this on Audible, and I’m enjoying it so far. It’s going to take me forever to finish, but I have high hopes that it’ll be worth it.

That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I definitely am because Game of Thrones is BACK! Also, I’m writing this a bit early in the day on Saturday, because I am about to go see Pink in concert, and I’m very excited!

As always, I’d love to hear what you’re reading this weekend, so let me know in the comments!

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