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Hello friends! Can you believe it's August? This year has simultaneously been the longest and shortest year of my life. Please tell me I'm not alone in feeling this way! It's the last month of Summer vacation. My hybrid senior year of college is looming over me. I have some ambitious reading goals for my last month of freedom from school work.
What I've Done This Week
It's been a relatively quiet week outside of work. I've fallen into a pretty comfortable routine every day, and routine is NOT a normal part of my life typically. However, it's been rather cozy to follow a pattern all week.
Essentially, I started each day with coffee/tea and oatmeal dressed with granola and lavender honey. I started listing to the Books Unbound podcast (from the beginning, because I'm a completionist) while I ate my breakfast. I find the podcast slightly too redundant and formulaic, but then again, it's meant to be listened to only once a week. I do enjoy the adult book recommendations it provides. I've found recently that YA fiction is less and less to my taste as time goes on. The recommendations in Books Unbound are creating stepping stones for me to hone my developing tastes in reading.
Following my breakfast, I did my daily chores on Animal Crossing. You know, the basics... like talking to every villager, checking every shop, making sure Sable likes me, fishing, catching bugs, finding the money rock, and shaking every tree.. I've been playing the town I created last week. It's been lovingly named "New Bark" after New Bark Town in my favorite Pokemon game. Then, I switched gears and read until I had to get reading for work. As pathetically antisocial this may seem, I can assure you it was extremely rejuvenating.
However, I can assure you this routine will not last. No matter how hard I try, I can not hold a self-imposed routine for any significant amount of time. I am, and always will be, a walking disaster.
Wednesday night proved to be the first wrench thrown into my cozy week's plan. I left work absolutely overcome with depression. I'm not sure why, it was a perfectly fine day. However, I really needed to self-medicate in a treat-yo-self kinda way. Except my methods of treating myself aren't particularly extravagant. I went to the bookstore and purchased a copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I then treated myself to an over sized candy bar as I picked up my groceries. These seemingly small acts do work wonders in softening the edges of a bad day. While I was at the bookstore, I had to try EXTREMELY hard to pass up some Batman bind-ups I've been itching to purchase. Someone pray for my bank account the day I can no longer resist the urge...
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I've only finished one book this week, but the emotions I have towards this book are almost too much to articulate. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is one of my favorite books of all time. I say that easily and with no reservation. I had borrowed this book from Libby last week, and failed to finish it in time. Not because I wasn't enjoying it; life was just havoc. Once I purchased my copy, I only needed to read about 100 more pages to finish the novel. However, I found myself starting at page one all over again because I had loved it that much. I essentially read this book twice this month... and I want to reread it again already! It's been a really long time since a book has made me feel so many emotions. Within the first 200 pages I had cried, laughed aloud, felt second-hand embarrassment, pride, anger, deep sorrow, anxiety, joy, and hope. There are so many aspects of this book that I empathize and feel for. It's beautiful perfection.
ahem... and a review is coming this week!
Though I'm not officially participating in the ARC readathon this month, I do have a rather large pile to get to ASAP, and will be devoting much of my reading time to those throughout the month.
For this coming week in particular, I will be rereading The Hunger Games trilogy with Karo. That is my goal first and foremost. I'm rather nervous. Last time I read Catching Fire, I got so in my feels that I accidentally spilled mercury all over my floor. Oh, there's a story here, but I'm not telling you. Not yet. Maybe in the series' wrap-up. Stay tuned.
Second, I will be satisfying my recent bookish craving for a fantasy novel with The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True by Sean Gibson. This book sounds like the perfect storm of fantasy, wit, disaster, and my favorite mythical creatures: dragons. Also, the author is simply a riot. That alone is enough to get me interested in the book.
If I have reading time after these, (I probably won't, but a girl can dream.) I will read On Her Majesty's Secret Service. My human is getting rather impatient. We've been rewatching all of the James Bond movies, but I refuse to watch any that I haven't read the book to yet. He has to wait for me to get through two more books yet. The poor guy is an angel for putting up with my tics.
Thanks, as always, for visiting! I hope you have an absolutely fabulous week to kick off the new month!