I am finally (mostly) out of my reading slump! Or I just forced myself to finish books this week. Either way, I finally have books to talk about. But, before we get into that, I published a new post this week that I’m super proud of. So, in case you missed it, go check out the post where I Let Buzzfeed Decide Which Books I Read. Because I will be talking about some of those books today. Also, I’m just really proud of that post, so please go read it. But, without further ado, let’s talk about what I actually read this week.
What I Read
I finished four books this week. The first of which is Mexican Gothic by Silva Moreno-Garcia. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book which such a perfect title. Because this book reminded me so much of the classic gothic literature that I love. I won’t rave about it too much, because we have three more books to talk about, but you can read my review of Mexican Gothic if you want to read more. It’ll be out Tuesday, so definitely one to have on your radar.
Then I finished the audiobook of Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. This was so good! I learned so much from this book. I actually made Stamped from the Beginning my Audiobook of the Month for June, because I wanted an excuse to talk about it more. Also, I’m pretty sure you can listen for free on Spotify. So you have no excuse. Seriously, go read it.
The next two books on my list are books I read because Buzzfeed told me to. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. The first one is How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. I still can’t believe none of you made me read this book before now! You are supposed to enable my book addiction! Come on! It’s fine, I forgive you. Because I loved this book! Definitely one I will be recommending in the future.
My last book of the week was one I had been avoiding for a decade. Naturally, I ended up loving it. It’s not my fault, you all know I don’t like to read things that are A. super popular, and B. things someone tells me to read. I was a bit of a goody-two-shoes growing up, but had a rebellious streak when it came to assigned reading. I am sure you’re all wondering which book triggered this rant, and it is Memoirs of a Geisha. Pretty sure I’m the only one who hadn’t read this, and now I see why. It is SO GOOD. I loved it so much.
What I’m Currently Reading
Honestly, I haven’t been reading much the past few days. WordPress is being incredibly difficult (still working on the fact that those of you reading this in the WordPress reader can’t like or comment). And that challenge plus other things have made me a giant ball of anxiety and frustration. Not fun. But I know it will get better and I’ll get back into reading and everything will be fine. As soon as WordPress fixes the stupid issue. Honestly, if you notice any problems reading my posts, please let me know, because there have been a ton of issues (caused by them) and they’ve been taking their sweet time doing anything about it.
For now, if you want to like or comment on any of my posts, try clicking through to my blog from the reader. Just know that it will be fixed eventually. I’m really upset about it because I love hearing from all of you.
But the books I am currently in the middle of are The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. Really enjoying this one, but had to put it on pause to finish all the books I was supposed to read for Friday’s post. I’m also listening to the audiobook of The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, and not loving it. Honestly, I am kind of tempted to DNF it. Or just put it down and come back to it in like a year or two. The writing and narration just put me to sleep.
In Other News
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Hamilton will be on Disney+ on Friday!!! I am very, very excited. I’m hosting a virtual Hamilton party with my cousins – we went to see it together in LA a few years ago. And I cannot wait. It’s so nice to have something to look forward to with everything that’s been going on.
Also, I am looking for suggestions for new “secret TBR” or “reading experiment” posts. I had so much fun writing Friday’s post – I’ll link it again here, just because – and you all seemed to love it, too. It’s definitely something I want to do more of on this blog! I have a few planned, but would love to know what you’d like to see, so let me know in the comments!