it's... been awhile.
I'm so sorry!
Congratulations! You get a two week update for the price of one! Lucky lucky you!
The Sunday post comes to you courtesy of Caffeinated Reviewer. Here's where many book bloggers catch up after a long week and get excited for things to come!
So, as I'm sure you've surmised, it's been a pretty hectic two weeks. Last week was spent getting my fiance moved into his new apartment, and just generally getting ready for the start of the semester. This week marked the start of what will likely be the hardest semester of college I've faced yet...
What I've Done Recently
For a two week update, you'd think I'd have more to say, but unfortunately, this will be a brief one.
All of the packing/unpacking took a huge chunk of last week. My relationship has very traditional roles, where if I don't fold and put away his clothes, they will live on the floor for a whole semester. I had to make a point to unpack everything and give things a home. I do find cleaning up and organizing very therapeutic, so there are no complaints coming from me. I turned on an audiobook and got to work! Other than the moving process, I can't think of anything else worth mentioning from the week. I'm not even certain last week happened...?
Starting class on Monday was a huge shock to my system. I'm taking seven classes this semester, all of which are upper-level courses. I accidentally signed up for an eight week course for one of them, so I'm frantically trying to keep up with the fast-paced structure. All of my synchronous classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, on Monday, I had about three hours worth of work in every class in preparation for the first meetings. I had to pull an all-nighter on my first day of classes just to catch up! Things are feeling more cozy now that I've had the weekend to work ahead a bit. Hopefully I shouldn't have another week like this again. It takes me FOREVER to recuperate from an all-nighter.
Stella is Home!
This news is so damn exciting, it gets its own section in this post! I have lived apart from my little girl since I've left for college. Leaving her in my parent's care so long has been one of the hardest things I've ever done. This cat has been there with me through some of the hardest years of my life, and has been my emotional support through every trial and triumph along the way. I genuinely don't know if I'd be here today without her presence in my life.
On Wednesday this week, I picked up Stella from my parent's house and brought her to my apartment! The move was a bit of a shock to her, but she warmed up to the change surprisingly quickly. After only a few hours of unease, she started to act like her usual self again, and now she's all cuddles and playfulness at all hours!
Unfortunately, another cat had bullied Stella pretty badly throughout the years, so she's rather nervous around my roommate's cat. However, there is improvement each time she encounters him. I think she will adjust to having a friendly cat around in no time at all!
Posts at a Glance
Again, I didn't post this week, and certainly didn't post much last week. I'm incredibly sorry for it! What we did see was:
What I Read
I finished six books these two weeks!
First, I finished an arc I received from an a very generous author. The book is Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster. I really enjoyed this one, and will be picking up the sequel soon! Keep your eyes peeled for my review this week!
Second, I finished Fangs by Sarah Andersen. I simply ADORED this graphic novel! It was super cute, and managed to make me laugh every time I turned the page. Check the link above for my full review!
Third, was the Chronicle of Heloise and Grimple by Sean Gibson. This is a serialized story following a main character from The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True. I really enjoyed this one, but Heloise just wasn't the wonderfully richly developed character that she is in The Part About the Dragon. However, I really loved the concept of a serialized story like this, and I so wish I was reading it as the chapters were coming out. I'm desperately hoping the author does another project like this in the future!
Next, I picked up All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan. I have some seriously conflicting feelings about this book. There was some content I was really not okay with, yet it was still a relatively enjoyable read. However, I think my three star rating will be lowered, because I've already forgotten I read this book. It took a dive into my Goodreads shelves to even remember I read this book. Yikes.
Lastly, I FINALLY finished both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I am really enjoying my reread of this series! There are so many things I've forgotten about these books that have rekindled my love. I've also caught some things I had never picked up on. I'm excited to share these thoughts with you once I finish the reread! (As well as the Catching Fire mercury spill story. Don't worry, I won't leave you hanging too much longer!)
I will continue to chip away at the high fantasy anthology I've been reading these two weeks. I will also finish On Her Majesty's Secret Service this week! (I found an audiobook recording by David Tennant. I cannot express to you the happiness this brings me!)
I will finally finish up my reread of The Hunger Games with a buddy read of Mockingjay with Karo (Who now has a shiny new blog. Click the link, dangit!) Like I said, keep an eye out for a spoiler-rich reread recap on Food For Thought soon! I am looking forward to word-vomiting my many thoughts!
Thanks for visiting! What are you planning to read in the coming days? I hope you have a great week!