This week flew by so fast! I didn’t even notice it. Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.
~ On The Blog ~
As usual, I’ve posted two reviews this week. I keep forgetting whether I gave The Slip two or three stars because it just… wasn’t very good. But Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom was brilliant and I loved it through and through!
~ Finished Reading This Week ~
Things To Do When You’re Goth In the Country is a delightful collection of dark, dark stories about rural America and all the underlying problems of being poor, having nothing better to do and not having ready access to education. With a little magical realism involved, as well. It’s a serious subject, and it’s not a light read as well, but it’s definitely enjoyable.
I finally finished Born Aware as well, and it was very enriching and uplifting. If you’re into reincarnation, lucid dreaming or any of the New Age stuff, then you should give this one a go. It will publish in July, and I’m posting a review at the end of this month.
The Boy Who Loved Too Much is a non-fiction title about people who have Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes them incapable of distrust. They almost always suffer from physical ailments as well as a lower IQ, very often, but they possess the ability to feel extremely connected to everyone and love almost universally, which is what most of our religions strive for. It was an incredibly interesting read, and I will be posting a review this month as well.
Le Chateau is an old NetGalley title that I’ve had for a year, and it was really high time I read it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t good, but next week I’ll be posting a discussion slash review post based on this title and how books like that can be so cliched you can see through them right away. It’s going to be a fun post.
~ Currently Reading ~
I’m still reading A Closed And Common Orbit, sequel to A Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet, and I can finally say I’m invested in it. Although it’s definitely not as engaging as the first book, but I’m enjoying the new info about their universe and all the species. It’s just too bad I’m not really in love with this book’s characters, as I was with the crew of the Wayfarer in the previous one.
All Day is an incredible title that I’ve just started listening to (just text to speech, it’s an ebook). It’s written based on the experiences of a teacher who taught convicted kids at Rikers Island. Mostly, it’s about the tough life ghetto kids get dished out to them, and it talks a lot about the problems black youth face in American society. Living in Europe myself, I had known that these problems do exist, but I never thought they were as grave as they really are, and this book is now showing me this. Any fans of The Hate U Give could enjoy this. Just keep in mind that this isn’t fiction, it’s about actual living people.
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder probably doesn’t even need an explanation? Although I haven’t actually read the Little House yet, but I have grown up with the TV show and enjoyed it immensely. The books are on my to-read list. So of course, I couldn’t pass up this title when I saw it on NetGalley. It talks about all those places Laura lived in, the way life was back then, even what meals they cooked and how they stored them. It will give you a deeper understanding of pioneer life, and it’s just a delight for me to read, personally.
~ Little Book Haul ~
My two buys this week are The Sisters, a non-fiction book about the Mitford family. Of course, I plan to read the Nancy Mitford books (or at least, one of them!) before I start this one. I also grabbed Young Babylon, a novel about China and making it there. Straight Expectations is a title I’m very excited about that I got off NetGalley. It’s about a family whose both sons turned out to be LGBT and how the family dealt with the initial shock and transition, which is a very interesting topic for me. And House of Shadows is one of those ancient secrets and haunted houses mysteries that I love so much. Failed to get approved on Edelweiss, but got it on NetGalley! Booyah.
Above Parr is a memoir of a musical prodigy, which is always an interesting subject for me. Deer Life is said to be a ‘dark fairytale’, it’s also short, so I grabbed it on NetGalley. Happiness is also a NetGalley find about families, and Momo Freaks Out is a tale about the dark days of blogging back in 2008, when I happened to have my own teenage blog, so I thought it would be nostalgic.
~ General Rambling ~
I’ve had a tough week which involved my phone being broken, so no Instagram pics all week! You could say I detoxed from the internet a little bit, because it was only accessible through the computer. Maybe that’s why I actually got some reading done? Teehee!
How has your week been and what are you planning on reading next week? Any good posts you saw around the blogs and would like to share?