Weekly Wrap Up 15 – 21 June: What I read for my mini-vacation

Hello readers!

I ended up taking a few days off work from last week until tomorrow, so of course I used the time to read a bit more than usual, relax and enjoy the sun. I’ve also listened to a few audiobooks at speed 2.0x, which means I got through quite a few of them (the house is sparkling clean).

I finished Howl’s Moving Castle, which was such a joy to read! And then the SFF Yeah! podcast episode this week was about the book vs the movie, so that was very fun to listen to.

I also used the extra time to pick up a classic I have wanted to read for a while (The Age of Innocence) and a couple books I’ve had on my radar lately that picked my interest but that I didn’t want to pick up because they weren’t “officially” on my TBR – and I highly enjoyed them.

I got two books this weekend:

Weekly Wrap Up

Girl in the Walls by A.J. Gnuse / ebook / 4 stars

So this was one of the most unique thrillers I’ve read in a while – it’s more of a suspense with a sad and meditative tone about loneliness, living in the margin of society and

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones / audiobook / 4 stars

This was fun, adorable, somewhat steampunk-y and I loved it. I might change the rating to 5 stars actually – but gosh this was a lovely read. It tells the story of an older sister who gets cursed into turning into an old woman and the goes after a wizard who is infamous for eating young women’s hearts but turns out that’s not true at all. This is so great and I LOVED the humor! I will definitely be re-reading this. Are the follow-up books worth picking up, too? Let me know in the comments if you’ve read them.

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz / audiobook / 4 stars

I picked this up spontaneously (it was not initially on my TBR) because of… the plot, obviously. I love books about the publishing world and I love thrillers about writers, they just hit the spot for me! This was not a perfect book (I guessed who the villain was the moment they appeared in the book), but it was still so entertaining and exactly the kind of fun I was looking for!

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix / eARC / 3 stars

I requested this eARC on a whim and do not regret it – if you love slasher movies, I think you will really enjoy this. For me it was a mixed bag because I’m not really into the gory stuff – although, in a book about final girls and slasher movies, I should have expected all the gore, I was not fully prepared for it. And at times it felt a bit too much like a trashy movie, and not enough like a book with well-rounded, nuanced characters. Still, if you are looking for some fun book and you don’t mind some gore, plus if the trope of the final girl if fascinating to you, I think this will be a much better fit!

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton / audiobook / 4 stars

This was another great read – I had read House of Mirth by this author and adored it, and this one was also great (maybe better, actually). The main character, a man who is engaged when he meets a married woman and falls in love with her, is a bit pretentious and insufferable (Ellen was definitely more interesting than him) but I thought this was on purpose and gave the novel an interesting feeling, where you never really get to know Ellen that well, although she’s smart, unconventional, passionate and clearly has a very interesting internal life. The writing is really what makes this novel shine, though – it’s witty, elegant and reminded me a bit of Jane Austen, if Jane Austen had a bleaker outlook of life.

The Seep by Chana Porter / audiobook / 3 stars

I picked this up on impulse because I had to go to the supermarket and this is 3h long in audiobook, which I listened to at 2x… so it was a perfect amount of time to do my chore and get through the book. This had an interesting concept with these gentle and well-meaning aliens invading Earth and how that affects relationships between humans, how different generations deal with The Seep, it was definitely a very cool concept, which did not entirely work for me because the plot felt a little predictable and not quite going all the way I wish it had. Still, this was definitely worth reading just because the concept is so interesting, and if you’re a soft science fiction fan, this is definitely for you.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid / physical copy / 4 stars

I’ve read almost everything Taylor Jenkins Reid has published, and I enjoyed all of it, some more than others. While Malibu Rising was really good, it was not exactly as moving as Daisy Jones or Evelyn Hugo, and if I gave half starts this would be more of a 3.5 stars read. But since it was very well written and I actually really did enjoy it, I gave it 4 stars. At the end of the day, TJR is still an auto-buy author for me.

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbø / ebook / ongoing

I am like, 1% in and this is already so dark. I haven’t read anything by this author before, so I am intrigued!

What did you read this week?

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