Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26th | Weekly Wrap Up #6

Another week over and done with, and more books read!

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
Club Shadowlands (Masters of Shadowlands #1) by Cheris Sinclair (4/5)
This - surprised me. I bought it a short time ago, because it was cheap and I think someone recommended it (maybe? I'm... not sure, anymore). I, honestly, didn't expect much. At points, it was interestingly emotional, them figuring each other out, that's the kind of thing I like the most in romance books (especially with no bullshit).

Showa, The History of Japan, 1926-1939 by Shigeru Mizuki (5/5)
This book was incredible. I was surprised how much I liked this, I honestly wasn't sure after my completely impulse by, but it was definitely a surprisingly fantastic pick. Highly recommended if you like history. (I'm planning on doing a full review, but I haven't written it yet so we'll see what happens).

Warning: Contains Language by Neil Gaiman (5/5)
This - surprised me. It's from his early stuff and I did not expect it to be as dark as it was. I'm not sure why, Gaiman can be dark (one reason I like his books so much), but this audiobook still surprised me at points. I'd recommend it, though, to Gaiman fans who aren't surprised by darker things, different things. Fantastically read to you by Neil himself, who should narrate everything, in my opinion.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (3.5/5)
I - enjoyed this, I'm considering do a full review of it and such, but we'll see. I rated it so low for a few reasons, and I wrote about it on my goodreads review that I wrote, quickly, right after finishing it. Basically: it was a slog and I knew a bit of it before reading it.

Ouran, Volume 8 by Bisco Hatori (5/5)
I'm so amused how out of order the anime did things, but there are definitely huge differences. However - I really enjoy the silly added stuff at the end, it's kind of fantastic.

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor, Jim Di Bartolo (5/5)
Three short stories and I don't know which one I liked most. Possibly the last one? I definitely wanted a whole series based around that idea. And Laini's writing is gorgeous, as are Jim's illustrations. So very, very good. Highly recommended

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (5/5)
So, so incredible. Beautifully written and just so touching, I really loved it, highly recommended.

For currently reading - I started Spook by Mary Roach, but wasn't really feeling it. And, looking back at what I read this week, I might be a little burnt out on non-fiction. Also started The Coldest Girl in Cold Town, which I'm loving so far. Why did I wait so long to read this? Also want to get back into Saint City Sinner and finish it, and the next and last book in the series, because I started this books months ago and had to stop because the feelings.

I'm not really going to put anything else this week. I'm sorry, I know I'm kind of already failing at this thing these last two weeks. But this past week has been... stressful, bad stressful. For personal reasons, that I haven't actually talked about on any social medias yet.

Does anyone else have a problem talking about stuff on social media? I just am not sure how to get everything to 140 characters, so I normally just use it to talk about stuff I love, sometimes complains, and talk to friends. Anyway - my mom's mother passed away this past week. She'd been put into an assisted living place a couple years ago and, early last year, moved into a nursing home.

And now she's gone. And, it might sounds strange, but we're not having a funeral, or really anything, because she didn't want anything. Also, she donated her body to science so she's off already, literally on another adventure (this is how we keep talking about it. Our family might have a very morbid sense of humor, but at least we know she did as well).

So it's been a stressful, hard week, and will probably be for the next few weeks, regardless. And has been, actually, for other reasons. It never seems to be honestly calm around here. I hope you all had good weeks, or at least better then mine.

To get completely off topic and off of the sad things - what are you currently reading? (have I yet mentioned my slight addiction to seeing what people are reading/how they're feeling about it? It feels like research...)

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  1. I know how you feel. It's weird trying to talk about things on social media. You never know how much to say.

    I'm sorry about your grandmother. That's always rough. I hope things get better soon.

    1. I've been on them for years, but I'm bad at telling people in person so I guess it makes sense.

      And thank you, that means a lot.