Weekly Wrap Up July 14 – Literary Fiction and Mayan Mythology

Weekly Reading Wrap Up

HOW are we already halfway through July? What is happening? I seriously don’t know where the last two weeks have gone. This year has flown by way too fast, and I don’t like it. But at least I have a lot of books added to my “read” shelf to show for it. This week, I read three books, so let’s talk about them.

The first book I read this week is Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I loved this book so much. It’s already one of my favorites of the year. You can go check out my review of Gods of Jade and Shadow if you want to read more of my thoughts. I highly recommend this one.

Then I read I Am I Am I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell. I had trouble connecting with this one. I do think it’s an interesting concept, and it’s a valuable memoir, but it wasn’t for me. I’m not minimizing O’Farrell’s experiences, but once I got past her first story, I wasn’t totally impressed. Maybe because I read a lot of nonfiction, and a lot of stories about terrible things that happen to people, this book just didn’t feel groundbreaking, and I think I kind of expected it too.

Finally, I read Normal People by Sally Rooney. I might write a full review tomorrow once I sort out my thoughts a bit more. I did actually like it a lot, but it also made me sad. This book had a lot going on, but it was also a pretty quick read. I finished it in two days.

On to current reads, I’m almost done with Americanah, which I’m listening to on audiobook. I have conflicting feelings about this one. At times, I love it, and then half an hour later, I don’t know what’s going on in the story. I’m curious to see how I feel after I finish it.

I also just started An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, which I really like so far. It’s definitely a painful story, but I think it’s a good one. I’m looking forward to reading more.

What are you reading this weekend?

3 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up July 14 – Literary Fiction and Mayan Mythology

  1. I had to DNF Americanah. Mostly, I think it’s because it wasn’t written for me, and that was why I struggled to connect with it. But I also found it really hard to follow (again, might just be because it wasn’t written for me).

    1. No, I’m finding it hard to follow, too, and I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say the same thing. It bounces around too much. But I’m like 75% through it, so I’m just going to keep going.

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