Weekly update – Dec 29, 2019

So one of my bookish goals for 2020 is to write weekly update posts about what I’ve been reading, what I’ve acquired, and any bookish thoughts or plans. I think this will help me keep a handle on my TBR goal for the year, especially if I’m forced to account for my actions once a week. I also have a terrible short-term memory (thanks, anxiety), so being able to track my thoughts about what I’m reading is a good solution for me, especially if I don’t plan on writing a full review for every single book I read. Also, I want to post more consistently in 2020, so having a bit of a schedule will help with that as well.

With all of that said, here’s a rundown of my bookish activity for the past week or so.

Books purchased:

The Reckoners (#1-3) series by Brandon Sanderson – Another one of my goals for 2020 is to read everything by Brandon Sanderson, so I’ve been buying his books as I find them at used bookstores or whenever I have gift cards. I believe the only books of his I am missing now are some of his children’s books.

The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin – I got this book through the library a while back, but I didn’t have time to read it. I just happened to see one copy at the bookstore today, and I bought it because I’m still interested in learning how to use tarot to inspire creativity. I love everything by Jessa Crispin, so this must be good.

Books I read:

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin – This was a jolabokaflod book from last year that I finally got around to reading. I listened to it on audio on a day when I was doing mostly housework, and I really enjoyed it. The story is told from different perspectives, and I thought the narrator did an excellent job of giving each character a different voice without making it sound weird or awkward. I’m very picky about audiobook narrators, so this is high praise from me. The book itself is about a young woman who has an affair with a married congressman while she is interning for him. Zevin shows how her decisions affect her own life, her mother’s life, the congressman’s wife’s life, and her own daughter’s life years after the affair. It’s also an interesting look at how society views affair participants – he keeps his job and continues her career, while she literally has to change her name and move across the country.

Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit – I requested this on Netgalley because I’ve enjoyed Solnit’s essays in the past, and I was looking forward to learning more about her in this memoir. This was ultimately a pretty disappointing read. It wasn’t much of a memoir, even though it’s being marketed as one (it comes out in March), and I didn’t find that I learned much about Solnit at all. This is more of a writer’s journey in her career, which is fine, but not what I was expecting.

Books in progress:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – This is another jolabokaflod book from last year. I’m a terrible procrastinator. I’m actually reading this as an ebook, even though I have the physical copy, because I wanted to have access to it if I had a chance to read on my computer or on my phone, and I can only fit a certain number of physical books in my bag. It’s not really grabbing me yet, but it’s interesting enough. I know this is a well-loved book, so I’m hoping it will pick up soon.

This is an image of the book The Last Wish lying on a bath tray over a bathtub filled with primarily dark purple water.

The Last Wish (The Witcher) by Andrzej Sapkowski – This is the first of two books of short stories that are considered prequels to the Witcher series, and I’m loving it so far. I’ve already watched the eight episode series on Netflix, and I have plans to start watching it again in January. I’ve never played the video games, but I’m planning on getting to those at some point.

What’s Next:

RIP to the library books on my book cart, because I know I’m going to have to turn them in without reading them. The next thing on my radar is Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (the sequel to Skyward) for a book club brunch in January. If you aren’t book club brunching, what are you doing with your life? I’m also going to pick up Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston after hearing some *very* high praise. Yay for bookish friends and their recommendations!

TBR Count:

I’m currently sitting at 72 owned, unread books according to my Goodreads list. I think it might be slightly off, so I’m going to recount the books on my unread shelves soon.

Here’s to another week of reading!

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