This was a different week in the blog, as I’ve posted a six-part GIF series for bookish posts instead of my usual 1 review and 1 list/recommendations/discussion post. I wasn’t sure if this series would be interesting for you guys, but I personally always use GIFs on my posts so I thought it would be nice to have a place to go to for specifically bookish GIFs, instead of searching for them for every time I write something new. I got only a few responses on those and they are slightly less popular than my other posts, but I don’t mind it. I think it’s a nice series.
Anyway! This was a unique week! I acquired NO books at all. Wow, this is a first since… I have no idea?
Reading-wise it was such an interesting week – this week’s reading theme seems to be “female relationships”, with Based on a True Story, Spinning Silver and now Paper Wasp. Even WWRWW can be seen as a bit of that too. Normally reading about a topic or a certain genre makes me want to read something entirely different afterwards, but this week I was all about books with a similar theme, although they are each different from one another (one fantasy, one nonfiction, one contemporary and one mystery). Curious, huh! What are very specific plots that you like to read?
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My Readings This Last Week
I finished Women Who Run with the Wolves! This was a very unique read and will definitely mark my year. I need to re-read this patiently at some point, there is much parallel between the stories and my own life, which was quite surprising for me, I’m not sure why I didn’t expect that. 4 stars!
I finished Based on a True Story! This was such a great read. It’s not exactly Gone Girl, like I’ve seen it talked about, but it does have a bit of its vibe. A wonderful psychological mystery about a writer, and it was so great to see her talking about writing – I have such a soft spot for that. 4 stars!
I got to Spinning Silver this week! I was looking forward to reading this book for a while, and I got it in audiobook – its narration is quiet and a bit monotone, so maybe pick up the physical book! I don’t mind it too much, but it definitely doesn’t add to the story. Otherwise, this was a wonderful read! The story starts good, then gets better, snowballs into a complex and fantastic plot and characters, and finally ends in pure magical wonder. Gosh, I loved this. 5 stars!
I started The Paper Wasp, which is another dark contemporary about twisted female friendships/relationships. I’m really enjoying this book, the narrator is so unreliable! I am not 100% sure the direction this book is going to go, but it definitely keeps my interest. The narrator is obsessed with her actress friend and with a film maker, and she’s somewhat delusional, she seems to also suffer from severe mental illness, so it’s quite a basket of things happening in her mind. The plot itself is not all that much so far (I’m 30% through), but it’s so interesting to see her thought process. I’m not terribly fond of the pacing of the book, but I understand why it’s done this way. It will be one of those books that are difficult to recommend, but I’m really glad I picked it up!