Happy Sunday everyone! This week has been unexpectedly full for me, so I’m behind on reading, reviewing, and blog-hopping—sorry for that! I didn’t want to miss a week without posting, though, and the very minimum I can do is a weekly wrap-up, so this will be just another short post.
I’ve started studying in earnest this week for my comprehensive exams, which is in early August, and I spent a lot of time earlier this week just getting used to the idea that I have to study again. Luckily, my fellow graduate students created an online review group, and the accountability (or peer pressure) helped me get started. I’m currently about 30% finished with my first subject out of eight subjects, which is… not ideal, but since I’m just getting used to studying again, I’m cutting myself some slack.
On to some bookish updates!
Books I Finished This Week
- Emily and I have finished reading Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies, and I’m relieved we’re mostly on the same page about this one. We’re posting our reviews next week.
Books I’m Currently Reading
- I’m hoping to finish all these books next week. Little Fires Everywhere is a book for my API-inspired reading, and Far from the Madding Crowd is my attempt to read more classics this year, starting with Hardy.
- Bel Canto is the second book I’m reading for the #ReadingWomen challenge. I’m not sure what to feel about this one. The plot is weird (hostage situation, but with orchestra), and Patchett’s rendering of Latin American politics didn’t sit well with me. Still, I was entranced by the writing and the characters, and there was something undeniably mystical and compelling about the novel. Mixed feelings about this one so far.
A Non-Bookish Update
I’ve also started playing the piano again, mostly because my brother asked me to teach him play. (It’s a nice coincidence that I picked up Bel Canto, a book about music, on the week that my interest for it rekindled.) I haven’t touched the piano in two years, though, so I’ve been brushing up again on music theory so that I can teach him the basics. I’ve actually never gotten beyond beginner level myself, but I’m his only option now during quarantine, and besides, I’ve always been meaning to revisit the piano.
This week, I’ve been spending most of my free time watching visualized piano performances, like the one below. Paganini/Liszt’s La Campanella is one of my favourite pieces to watch, and it’s what inspired me to take up piano in the first place. Not that I think I’ll ever be proficient enough to play it—I’d probably need an extra set of hands just to attempt it. It looks very pretty, though.
How was your week? Do you play an instrument, or have hobbies aside from reading? Let me know in the comments! 🙂