What have you been reading this week?
So, my week’s holiday is up and I’m heading back to work tomorrow. It’s been a lovely break and I’ve enjoyed myself. I’ve also been very busy and not had as long as I’d have liked for reading. Still, I’m on track for everything I need to do this month and I’m not worried about getting everything done. Will I get all of my Pride reads finished? No but I was expecting a lot of myself. This is why I don’t set TBRs. I forget how rubbish I am when I get them sorted.
Weekly Blog Posts
- BOOK REVIEW – The Employees by Olga Ravn
Just to prove how little I stay updated with literary prizes, I had to Google the winner of this year’s International Booker Prize. I had briefly looked over the longlist but didn’t really follow the action. There was only one book that really interested me, which I bought pretty quickly. This made the shortlist and sounded really good. Like a grown-up Illuminae. Was is everything I wanted it to be? Find out why by giving my review a quick read.
- BOOK REVIEW – Jokes for the Gunmen by Mazen Marrouf
I don’t read enough translated fiction and I definitely don’t read enough short story collections. The translated fiction is more about my lack of knowledge. I only really stumble across good books in bookshops and forget to keep up with new releases. I’m trying to do better and I have read more in the past few years. As for short stories, they just don’t excite me as much as longer form fiction. I like a story to be more drawn out. For this week’s second book post, I decided to combine both of these in one. How did it go? Read my review to find out.
- TBT REVIEW –
I didn’t post a TBT review this week even though I did watch a film for it. I was pretty busy on Wednesday, so didn’t really have the energy to write it up. Then I was busy Thursday and Friday, which stopped me making up for it. I might try and do a double review week this week to keep the balance.
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
I had this n my Pride list and I managed to get it finished this week. It’s a quick read and is as beautifully written as you’d expect from Baldwin. My favourite thing about it is how he describes the feelings between the narrator and Giovanni. For 1956, it must has been pretty scandalous.
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
This month’s book club pick is this graphic novel. I’ve wanted to read it for ages, which is why I suggested it. Who knows how it will go down with the rest of the group.
I’ve bought a couple of second-hand books for Pride but they’ve been on my radar for a while. Nothing to get too worried about. I’ve still not pressed pay on my Waterstone’s cart. That’s full of new titles that I definitely don’t need.
- 24– I’ve not watched much TV this week because I’ve been so busy. I have made a bit of time for this though. Season 8 really isn’t great but I adore President Taylor. Cherry Jones is sensational.