Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you had a great week of reading and blogging. As for me, this week was a little weird—I’ve been reading more and I got back to tackling my backlog of unreviewed books, which is great, but I also had a lot of unstructured free time while waiting for the results of my exams, which is not so great, since I don’t do so well with unstructured free time. It reminds me too much of the first weeks of lockdown.
On the bright side, the sudden surplus of free time made me eager to schedule a number of catch-ups with my friends, so I ended up doing yoga over Zoom three times this week (for some reason, all three groups preferred exercise as a bonding activity… I’m just glad no one suggested HIIT). And I had a great chat with Melanie @ Grab the Lapels about Butler’s duology over the weekend to cap off my week. So I’d say it was a pretty great week, overall.
Anyway, enough of me. On to the wrap-up!
Posts This Week
- Book Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
- Mini-Reviews | An American Marriage & The Mothers
Books Read This Week
This week, I finished Butler’s second novel in the Earthseed series, Parable of the Talents. Melanie and I discussed this last Saturday and we both agreed that it was eerily prophetic of 2020, especially with its megalomaniac president who wants to “make America great again”. I’m also seeing words related to the pandemic, though there really isn’t a pandemic in the novel, like “The Pox” and “Dreamasks”, lol. I’ll be posting a full review of the series next week.
Books I’m Currently Reading
- I’ve decided to resume my (long-neglected… whoops) Women’s Prize reading with Actress. I was really looking, but now I find I’m really struggling to get through it. I was telling Melanie about it over our video call and I realized that I’m halfway through the novel and I STILL can’t remember the daughter’s name! I hate DNF’ing books, though, so I might just end up powering through it instead.
- I read a couple of pages from Leilani’s buzzed-about debut, Luster, and immediately got on with the narrator’s wry and offbeat voice, so I hope I’ll fare better with this than with Actress.
Books Added to My TBR
I’ve added a bunch of books to my TBR again, but here are the highlights.
- Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday, reviewed by Holly @ Smut Report. This is a small-town romance between a big city doctor and the local town hermit, whom Holly describes as a “beefy sea god”. I added it to my TBR just based on that description, lol. Don’t judge me. I’ve added stuff to my TBR for far less compelling reasons.
- Fable by Adrienne Young, reviewed by Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks. I’m a sucker for YA fantasy books with pirates and seafaring adventures, so I always automatically add anything with magic and vaguely nautical on my TBR.
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, reviewed by Melanie @ Grab the Lapels. I don’t usually find myself drawn to books on outer space and aliens, but Melanie’s review was just so convincing that I really want to give this one a go!
- The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood, reviewed by Hannah @ i have thoughts on books. Aside from nautical YA fantasy novels, I’m also a sucker for fantasies with a fleshed-out mythological universe. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading this one, too.
That’s it for my week! Have you read or heard of any of the books I’ve mentioned? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!