I’m really grumpy this week. Not only am I fighting off a cold that’s making me narcoleptic (I fall asleep whenever I try to read or watch tv or walk or stand up), but they’re re-roofing my place, which means constant banging, guys yelling outside and objects falling off the roof making me too afraid of decapitation to venture outside. The worst part (aside from the fact that the mail delivery has been suspended because I assume the delivery person is also afraid of decapitation so NO BOOK DELIVERY) is that I’ve got a cat with an anxiety disorder who has absolutely no idea what’s going on and assumes his world will be crashing down around him at any second. It kills me that I can’t explain it to him or take him anywhere quiet. He’s basically been hiding under various pieces of furniture, quivering whenever there’s a loud noise, for the last two days. It’s the most heartbreaking thing ever.
I’m trying to focus on the fact that we get a nice new roof in time for rainy season, but mostly I’m just feeling intruded upon and worried for my cat’s already shaky mental health.
But that’s enough about that. It’s time to get on to the important stuff: what I’ve been reading this week!
This week encompassed a good variation of reading material – Jesse Eisenberg’s humorous book of short fiction, Franzen’s character-driven new novel and the whimsical and bookish The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
I started reading Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? and loved it so much that I felt like not having read her first book was a huge oversight that must be remedied right away. Of course, I quickly realized that reading both simultaneously was too confusing, so I’m finishing up Why Not Me? before going back to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? to read about Kaling’s early years. The Gold Eaters is next up on my list and is an epic (and impeccably researched) historical fiction novel about the early days of Peru’s colonization.
I haven’t read any of Steve Toltz’s work before, but this sounds like it’ll be right up my alley. And I’ve been excited for This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! for months now and am hoping it will fill the light-hearted void left by Katrina Bivald’s book.
That’s it for my week in books! Don’t forget to check out the book selections for the Man Booker Prize shortlist, which was announced yesterday (you can find the long and shortlists here).
What about you guys? What have you been reading? Have you read any of the books on my list this week? What did you think? Share in the comments!
My Week On Wednesday is a weekly post in which I share with you what I’ve been reading, what I’m reading next, and any other bookish stuff I enjoyed in the past week! If you’d like to write your own My Week On Wednesday post, or if you’d just like to share your recent reads, feel free to link or chat in the comments!