This week has felt like it’s taken forever. It’s just been kind of a crappy week, but it’s finally over. And I have five books to talk about! Even better: almost all of them were five-star reads. So, it may have been a not-so-great week for me personally, it was a great reading week (why does it always seem to work out that way?).

What I Read

The Okay

I started off this week by finishing The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton. This is a fantasy retelling of King Lear, which is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. This was pretty good. It started off strong, but I did start to lose interest a little bit because this was just so long. It might have been a five-star book if it had been a little bit shorter or had fewer POV characters. As it is, it’s a solid three-star read.

The Great

Then I listened to the audiobook of Know My Name by Chanel Miller, which is a memoir about her sexual assault (you might be familiar with the Brock Turner case from a few years back). This was so, so good. I loved it so much. Easily one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. She does such a great job describing not just her experience, but also trauma in general, and how to deal with it. I have never been sexually assaulted, bus so many things in this book still really spoke to me. I highly recommend it. It was brilliant.

This week, I was bored (pretending to work from home) and decided to finally catch up on one of my favorite series: Saga. I read volumes 8 and 9, and they were both great. I already knew what was coming at the end of volume 9 (which is why I put off reading them for so long), so I wasn’t totally heartbroken, but still. Both volumes got five stars from me, because Saga is amazing, and I genuinely enjoyed both.

Finally, I listened to the audiobook of The Astonishing Color of After. I honestly didn’t have super high expectations for this one, but I absolutely loved it! I listened to the entire audiobook in one day, and that’s only the second time I’ve ever done that. This was just a beautiful book, and I couldn’t put it down. Shout out to my new noise-cancelling headphones that let me totally immerse myself in this world.

Current Reads

I am hoping to finish On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous in the next day or two. I’m struggling with this a little bit, but I think that’s totally for personal reasons. The writing is beautiful, and so is the story, I think it just might not be the right book for me, personally. I also just started Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills – I’m on a YA kick lately, and I’ve heard great things, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

That’s it for this week! What are you all reading during the long weekend?

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