Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly blog meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It allows readers to wrap up the previous week of reading and talk about books for the week ahead.
I had a marvelous reading week. I decided to put aside Jane’s Fame and save it for next Austen in August, and instead started the week with A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Ove is my kind of guy. I don’t want to give away the main plot, but just know that there is sweetness within the struggle, and this book is worth reading. Five stars.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan was not as wonderful as Ove, but I still enjoyed it. I liked the modern day quest tied in with bits of romance and a whole lot of friendship. Mr. Penumbra is a treat who reminds me of Mr. Ollivander, but with books instead of wands. Some of the other characters were a bit lacking, and the book didn’t wrap-up as nicely for me as I think it did for others, but overall I think it worth checking out if the synopsis interests you. Three stars.
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay pretty much destroyed me, as expected. Gay is a damn fine writer with so much to say, and I love her for that. This is another one of those books that writing too much about it would give things away, but I guarantee it will shake you up and twist you in ways that I oftentimes forget books are capable of doing. When we met earlier this year, she wrote in my book, “May you find the raw power of hope in these words.” I did, indeed, Roxane. Five stars.
Yes, still talking about books from last week. I finally started reading some Sherlock Holmes stories by the lovely Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A Study In Scarlet was fantastic and sucked me into the world of the Sherlock Holmes that I know and love. I gave it four stars. A Sign of Four was also enjoyed, but not as much as Scarlet. Holmes’ genius was as present as ever, but I had trouble caring about most of the other characters this time around. All I can say is that I hope the Mary and Watson relationship improves. Three stars.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon had some recent hype in the book blogging world by lucky individuals who got to read it early. While I didn’t give it top marks, I now understand what all the fuss is about. Olly and Madeline are adorable. I saw the turn of events before they were fully revealed, but the whole time part of me wished it wasn’t true. And then it was. And then I broke a bit. Parents, man. Enough said. Four stars.
I am reading Lola and the Boy Next Door as part of #BookBuddyAthon. Anna and the French Kiss was lovely, so I hope to enjoy this one just the same. It’s off to a promising start, and it being set in San Fransisco is a bonus.
Coming Up This Week
Here are the other four books I’m reading for #BookBuddyAthon. Frankenstein is also being read for the RIP-X reading event. Atonement and Never Let Me Go are rereads, and the Fairyland book is second in a series. I might have to look at the first book to remember where it left off. I guess that’s a clear sign of reading too many books, or just having an awful memory. Isn’t reading supposed to help with that!? Anyway, it’s going to be a great week of reading.
Life Outside of Reading
I don’t have a lot going on outside of reading this week. I’m attending another Pampered Chef party on Thursday. My best friend Brian is coming Friday to stay the night in town before heading off on vacation with his mother. We will likely do the typical dinner and/or Starbucks followed by half of a movie, because Godric forbid we ever finish one. That would just make sense. Or we’ll watch a couple episodes of Vikings. He needs to get caught up.
What are you reading this week? Any big plans outside of reading?