Weekly Wrap Up – August 4

Weekly Reading Wrap Up

I know I say this every month, but HOW IS IT ALREADY AUGUST? It’s okay. I’m fine. I’m totally ready for this year to be almost over (not really, I’m just being dramatic). Now I’ll stop and get to the important things: books.

I read FIVE books this week, the first of which was The Devil in Me by Olivia Kiernan. Detective thrillers/mysteries aren’t usually my thing, but I did enjoy the first one in this series, so I decided to read this one, which is book number two (though I don’t think they have to be read in order, in case anyone is curious). Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. Solid book, but I couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to.

Then I finished Barnum: An American Life by Robert Wilson. Which was a solid biography of one of the most interesting figures in American history. I wrote a whole review, so go check that out if you’re interested.

This week I also (finally) finished The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien. I’m attempting to read The Lord of the Rings this year (because I don’t have enough to read already). I liked it a little less than The Fellowship of the Ring, but I think that might just be because I listened to the first one on audio. Not sure which format I’m going with for The Return of the King.

Then I read The Swallows by Lisa Lutz, which I kind of loved. I’ll have a review up tomorrow, so I won’t give away too much, but it was kind of awesome. If you’ve ever wanted to punch someone for saying “boys will be boys”, especially when it came to sexual assault, you need to read this book.

Finally, I read Love and Friendship by Jane Austen. Honestly, I picked it up out of boredom, because I needed something to read at work and Project Gutenburg is a lifesaver. Not my favorite of her work, but that’s not surprising since she wrote it so young. I do like her wit, though, and this book is no exception.

As for current reads, I am still working on Catherine the Great by Robert Massie, and I am obsessed. I have a serious girl crush on Catherine, because she was a total badass and I love her.

I also started, but didn’t get very far into A Keeper by Graham Norton. Yes, that Graham Norton. And no, this isn’t a comedy, it’s a mystery. I’m hoping to read more of it this week, I’ve just been busy with other things books.

And, last but not least, I started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. And, so far, I have mixed feelings. I’m about a third of the way through, and I can only read so much at a time. Because the second hand embarrassment is almost unbearable. I’m socially awkward (it’s what happens when your only friends are books), but the level of awkward in this book is painful. And, yet, I don’t hate it. Definitely going to keep reading, but I’m hoping it doesn’t give me too much anxiety.

That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. What are you reading this week?

11 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up – August 4

    1. Good for you! I have an auto-immune disease, too (MS), so I totally get it. I went pretty heavy on the research, too, and have found quite a few little things that help A LOT that none of the doctors ever mentioned. So I applaud you for taking your health into your own hands. Best of luck!

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        1. Of course! There are things out there that will make your life easier, even if it takes you a while to find them on your own. I’ve been diagnosed for almost a year, and found a supplement just last week that has helped with two issues that were seriously affecting my quality of life (severe noise sensitivity and anxiety). Take it easy on yourself, and trust how you feel, that makes the biggest difference. Best of luck to you, and know that you can handle this, even when it feels like you’re in it alone 🙂

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  1. Main reads at the moment:

    RH Tawney: Religion and The Rise of Capitalism – not as dry as it sounds.
    Anthony Burgess: A Dead Man in Deptford – a highly stylised and very stylish fictionalisation of the last year or so of Christopher Marlowe’s life.

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    1. Thanks so much! And it totally is! I think my brain just typed the wrong thing, which is what I get for writing this when I’m too tired. Thanks so much for letting me know! I corrected it in the post 🙂


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