Sunday Post – Jan 5, 2020

Books unhauled:

So today was a day of purging in our household. We wanted to take some items in for trade credit at our used bookstore, so we went through our books, boardgames, and movies for things we didn’t want to keep anymore. Since one of my goals this year is to get my TBR down to 33 books (half of what I started with), I took the opportunity to get rid of some books I didn’t care about reading anymore.

This is an image of a stack of books on a white shelf with an orange tabby cat sitting next to the stack.
Ft. Loki, the bestest boy.

Some of these are actually duplicates, or I bought a nicer edition to replace the mass market paperback. I hate mass market paperbacks. A few of these are from my TBR: Franny and Zoey, The Progress of Love, The Uncoupling, and City on Fire.

Books purchased:

Since I traded in some books off my TBR, I didn’t feel too bad about buying more to put on that shelf. I ended up finding a few things I had been wanting to read, plus three of the books in The Witcher series, which I have been on the lookout for. The bookstore only had the second, fourth, and fifth books in the series, so I’ll still be filling out that collection.

This is a photo of three books stacked horizontally and three books stacked vertically on a wood finish shelf.

Books I read:

This is a photo of the book The Last Wish on a bath tray.

Last week I finished the first book of the Witcher short stories, The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski. I really loved it, which might have been influenced by the fact that I’ve already seen the show and became invested in the world of the Witcher. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads (rounded down from 4.5), because I’ve heard that the next book in the series, Sword of Destiny, is even better. My only issue with this book was some of the problematic views toward/descriptions of women. That being said, this book was published in 1993, which was obviously a different time, and old white men still have a lot to unlearn.

In progress:

Right now I’m reading two different books. I usually don’t like to have more than one or two books going at a time, unless I’m reading across different formats or something. One of the books I’m reading is Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, and it is a DELIGHT. It’s cozy and comfortable but also very steamy, and I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance. Part of the appeal for me is that this book is also sort of a re-writing of recent American history, specifically the 2016 election. In this world, a divorced female democrat with two biracial children is elected president. The state of the country appears to be fine, with no threat of imminent destruction. The author also doesn’t paint this woman to be the perfect president and mother, but, you know, a human being. I’m about halfway through the book, but I think it’s going to end up getting five stars from me.

The other book I’m reading is one of the newer editions of the original Intuitive Eating text by the two nutritionists Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. If you’re interested in exploring this concept, now is the perfect time of the year when everyone around you is talking about diets and how much they want to change their bodies. I myself have struggled with disordered eating and poor body image since I was a preteen, and experimented with diets for years. The idea behind Intuitive Eating is to re-program the way you think about eating so that you can form a safer relationship with food. I know that I have a lot to unlearn when it comes to the shame and guilt associated with eating certain foods, as well as repairing the years of destructive eating habits that came with disordered eating and diet culture.

What’s next:

I’ll be posting a “possibility pile” post later this week with some options that I am interested in reading in January. I still need to read Starsight, though!

TBR count: 72

(When I recounted the physical books on my shelves, there was quite a discrepancy between that and my Goodreads shelf. This is the updated number, which also reflects my unhaul and haul from today. Yay.)

Happy reading!

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