Who, me? Spontaneously adding on another daily post for the blog? I won’t lie, since I started seriously blogging with a schedule, I’ve mostly skipped over WWW Wednesday posts, but I have read Sunday wrap-ups, which makes no sense since they’re essentially the same thing, and it only just occurred to me last week that I was being a dumbass for no reason. Anyway, though I love my monthly wrap-ups, I feel like the books that I talk about in them are so far removed from where I’m at when the monthly wrap-up actually posts, and I really love reading weekly wrap-ups that are hyper focused on only books, so I decided it was high time I started doing that. (And, ICYMI, WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words!)
If you’re curious about what that means for my usual schedule, I’m just bumping all of my normal Wednesday posts to Thursday. I like that because Thor’s Day is my favorite day of the week, and I’m not doing Thursday Thousand anymore–watch, now I’ll want to, but I’ll just sneak one in if that’s the case–and I’ve been feeling meh about only posting Mon, Tues, and Wed, so this makes me happy, having nearly a full week of posts. It is very unlikely I’ll ever get to an actual full week of posts since that sounds exhausting, and WWW is super easy to tack onto my already existing schedule–though we’ll see if I remember to update them every week, or if this is going to disappear just as quickly as it appeared–so that’s that on a very long introduction, let’s get into what I’ve been reading!
My reading has suffered big time lately. I went from reading 10-12 books a month to 6? Maybe 8 if I was really feeling it? I don’t know what’s going on because I’ve been enjoying a lot of books that I’ve been reading, but ever since June’s absolute disaster of a month, my reading has just taken a nosedive. I really thought it had picked up again in July, but man. This has been a rough couple of months. I will say that I think teaching an extra yoga shift for ten weeks straight, which meant working three twelve-hour days, contributed a lot to my mental health just doing the bare minimum at surviving, which meant not reading at my usual pace, and I’m hoping that having that night back will mean a slow return to normal things again, but we’ll see.
what are you currently reading?
Anyway, all of this is to say that it’s been taking me about a week to read a single book, which is just ughhhhhh. I just started A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’m only about 50 pages in, but it’s definitely going to be a five star read, and I’m just so hyped about that. Now that I’m out of my ten weeks of extra yoga, I really need some excellent books to lift me back up again to my usual chaotic pace of reading, and I’m hoping that Lee’s book will be the beginning of that.
I’m also in the middle of listening to Andy Serkis’ narration of The Two Towers, though I feel like this could be on the entire month’s worth of weekly Wednesday wrap-ups because I’m not good at audiobooks, and Fellowship took me about a month to read. TT is two hours shorter–still a whopping twenty hours–but I’m listening to it to & from work, which is only an hour total, but we’re getting there. I’m currently on Treebeard’s chapter, and it’s honestly putting me to sleep a little with the way Andy is getting very do you speak whale about Treebeard’s voice.
what did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Witch Rising by Paige McKenzie & Nancy Ohlin in time to take it to California with me. I really tried to finish it before I left for the airport, but my MO seems to be reading the last 50 pages of a book at the airport before I get on my flight. It was super fun and such an excellent sequel to B*WITCH. I’m sad that there won’t be another one, but this had such a wholesome conclusion that I’m glad it’s not continuing on unnecessarily.
what do you think you’ll read next?
Hopefully, this weekend will be Into the Dying Light by Katy Rose Pool and Dead Space by Kali Wallace. In a perfect world, I would also start The Haunting Season anthology AND The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige, but we’ll see. I’m definitely starting Pool’s finale because my review is due in two weeks, and it’s also my most highly anticipated release of this year, and I reread the first two in the series to prepare for the finale, so. It’s high time it got read.
I don’t want to divert too much from my Halloween TBR, even though I know that I’m going to be diverting a lot because the sheer amount of preorders rolling in is insane, and they’re all books I’m stupidly excited about, so I’d like to squeeze in Dead Space and The Ravens since I’m kind of thinking they may be the last of my TBR that I read. I knew it was going to be a bad idea to set a TBR outside of preorders, and yet, here we are, trying to do it anyway. It’s honestly pretty likely that I’ll crack into The Haunting Season since it is an anthology of short stories and I can whittle away at those over the course of the next couple of weeks.
If I could get to all four of these books by the time next week rolls around, I’d be mighty happy, but that would mean actually finishing A Lesson in Vengeance in a reasonable amount of time rather than slowly trudging through fifty pages at at time.