This is my first, of hopefully many. Weekly Reading Wrap Ups that I am going to be doing from now on and I am glad to say that it has been a pretty successful reading week for me. The fact that I have stuck to my TBR has made this a successful week by itself, especially when I had a nice amount of book mail arrive this week and one of the books I had chosen to read was a shocker. But more on that further on. This also goes to show that, for me, a Weekly TBR is much better that a monthly TBR.
As we are still currently in lockdown and my reading as increased, I pre- selected three books to read during the week, with the hopes of adding and reading and extra book before the end of the week. So how did this week go?
The first book I finished this week was Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, which is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series. I am currently reading this series for the first time, shockingly I know, and I am actually really enjoying it. This book definitely got me back into the series, with it being possibly my favourite book in this series, as book 3 left me disappointed. The extra characters of mortals being used and needed and exploring that, bringing characters back and even bringing some things to a close while opening up for more. The ending of this book has got me excited and now I can’t wait to get stuck in and read the final book and hope there is a real good conclusion.
The second book I completed this week was Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This book has been on my TBR for a quite some time now and this was quite a heart felt and emotional read, that was so well written. This is a book where the main character Alice, a 50 year old Harvard Professor who is now diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, we go along with her and discover how she now has to come to terms with this and how it is going to affect not only her life, but those around her. The fact that this was told from Alice’s’ point of view is what made this more powerful, with the use of repetitive language and statements, which showed the confession, the forgetfulness and the struggles and her decline. Brilliant and highly recommend.
The third book I read this week was The Resurrectionists by Michael Patrick Hicks. This book took me by surprise and not in a good way. This book was soooo graphic and gruesome and was basically torture porn in certain sections. For a book that is only 129 pages, I put this book down so many times because of how graphic, racist and disgusting certain parts were. Some things are best left to the imagination in order to create tension and horror, without having to go into so much detail. I almost DNFed this book so many times, but it was only the fact that the book itself is so short and I was clinging to the story for something. After finishing it I was left so disappointed and wished I had just listened to my gut and DNFed it the first time I put this book down.
I did manage to squeeze another book in this week and that was The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer. It was exactly what I needed after some emotional and gory books. It was light and funny, yet also had its serious moments that I wasn’t expecting. I’m going to say it, I actually really enjoyed this autobiography and it was better than I had expected, especially only knowing Amy for her raunchier comic side. This got me to see a completely new side to her, with sprinkles of the Amy we all know. It was exactly what I needed, especially during lockdown! Who doesn’t need a laugh?.
So this week I’ve managed to read 4 books and I am still currently making my way through an audiobook that me and Nathan are listening to together. Keep an eye out tomorrow for my new Weekly Reading TBR and if you have any suggestions then let me know your thoughts 👋