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What I’ve Been Reading

It’s been a while. Let me catch you up.

I’ve been dealing with some really heavy personal things over the last couple of weeks which is why I haven’t been around. I think I’ll write a blog post about it eventually but it’s going to take some time for me to get into a better place.

In the meantime, let’s talk about what I’ve been reading.

November was a 30 day month, which means I only read books from my personal library. I also wanted to put myself on a no buy but things happened and I needed to shop for books to make myself feel better. I ended up getting a few things at Half Price Books.

When I last talked books on my blog, I’d just finished Kafka on the Shore by Murakami. Here’s what I’ve been reading since.

Saga #3-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples: I really adore this series. It’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read more. I read these two in October so they are not part of my personal library reading month.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells: You know, I heard a ton of great things about this book. People said it was really funny and overall just a great read. I hated it. It was so predictable, the ending was terrible, and I don’t think I laughed once. I’m really glad it was so short because I don’t feel like I wasted too much of my time on it.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Yea, I know I’m like soooooooooooooooooooooooooo behind. I know so many people who have read this and loved it. I’ve had it on my shelf for an eternity and just got around to picking it up. Some how I wasn’t spoiled so I was able to enjoy the twist. I really enjoyed this for the most part. The ending is trash though. This was a November read.

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong: This was an interesting book about microbes and how they shape everything about us from our environment to our guts. I really only listen to nonfiction on audiobook and I try to always have one for walks with Rigby or mindless tasks at worked. This was really really fun and at times horrifying to listen to. This was a November read but it isn’t a part of my library. I don’t actually own any audiobooks but I didn’t want to have nothing to listen to so I gave myself a pass.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty: This book is a good example of why you don’t preorder things. I really like a lot of her other books so I preordered this one and man was it mediocre. I really liked the characters which is good because this is a very character heavy novel, but the plot was just so lackluster. I’m upset that I paid 17 dollars for this. This was a November read and part of my library.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke: I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf for an actual eternity. I’ve picked it up several times only to feel its heft and put it right back down again. I was pretty excited to finally read it and I did enjoy it but I feel like I don’t really understand the hype. There were a lot of really slow points and it took me forever to read. Okay, it only took me a week to read but that’s because I was really really pushing myself to finish it so I could move on with my life. I plan to give the show a go now.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: Oh man this was hilarious. I listened to the audiobook and it was so much fun. I found myself laughing every time I turned it on. I’ve since moved on to another of his books about Shakespeare, which so far isn’t as funny but is just as beautifully researched and written. Bill Bryson is a new favorite!

Right now I’m reading Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, which is a part of my Half Price haul from last month. I’m also listening to Shakespeare by Bill Bryson as previously mentioned.

Here’s a cat.

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