Last week I had mentioned how I had hoped to read six book in the following week… I definitely did not manage to achieve this (oops!). I did manage to finish three books, one audiobook, and get 200 pages into another book, but for the most part I was binge watching The Office again.
First up, I finished Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. For most of the book I was really loving it, and thinking it would be an easy five star read. But then something happened towards the end that I really didn’t like, and this impacted my overall rating. I did still love so many elements of this book though – I loved the characters and their banter, and I liked that it was different in that it was set in a town that was predominantly Mormon in their religion. It was different to what I’m used to and I liked it a lot for this.
I then read Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2, which was just as lovely and empowering as the first book.
Next up was The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford. This is a book about a girl with dreams to become a professional tennis player, and her journey to get to this stage whilst dealing with the normal pressures faced by teenage girls. I struggled with this a lot – the writing was not the greatest, and I actually found myself stumbling over and laughing at some of the descriptions used.
I also finished the audiobook for These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I started listening to this in December, after the authors visited my work. I had previously read These Broken Stars, but it had been years and their visit really made me want to revisit this series. I really enjoyed the audiobook even though it took me a little while to finish, and will definitely be continuing on with my reread through the audiobooks.
I then started to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I have now been reading this for four days and have only managed to get 200 pages into it. I am enjoying it, but classics always seem to make me sleepy when I read them and so I keep falling asleep on my daily commute to and from work rather than reading.
As for what I’m planning on reading next, I really would just like to finish Great Expectations, and The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (a book I have now been reading for over a month). I’m being quite relaxed with my TBR in March and not setting any specific books to read so it will be interesting to see what I do end up reading in the next week!
It has been a slow reading week… I am reading a lovely book called Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills. I am really enjoying it, but it isn’t something I want to rush through. It’s a book about resource depletion and climate change, tied in with the protagonist’s visions of the future, accompanied by horrendous, debilitating migraines. The book is super interesting, but I don’t know how I would explain it to anyone…
I have been listening to audio books – all three books in the Magnus Chase series. They are fantastic adventure stories with a wonderfully diverse cast of sassy humans and demi-gods. I love them all!
I did also squeeze in a quick read in the form of Paddington Abroad, where Paddington wreaks havoc in France! And I finally got around to reading one of my most anticipated reads, The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder. I really really enjoyed it – a beautiful narrative voice and a number of excellent twists and turns.
What have you been reading this week?