I finally went to the library more or less near where I live, and while they have a pitifully small selection of books in English (and none in Portuguese), which I guess is the motivation I need to improve my German and pick up books in German. I feel like thrillers are a good way to start – any recs? I ended up picking up these books from the library:
Clearly I was in a horror/thrilelr mood (still am!). I want to read these immediately.
I didn’t end up reading a whole lot this week, but I did read rather broadly, one eARC, one Sci-fi, one historical fiction and a fantasy that I ended up DNF-ing. I have been staying a bit away from social medial lately (this means also that I haven’t blog hopped in a WHILE), which means I haven’t added any new books to my TBR these past weeks and so my TBR continues to shrink: it’s at 116 books now! Quite cool, considering my goal for the year is for my TBR to go down to 100 books!
Sooo… this week was a bit all over the place. At work we had an issue which meant I had not much to do there and so I reduced my extra hours and took two days off, which gave me more time to read!
I loved one of my reads and was immediately in the mood for picking up more books, and then I started a sci-fi that bored me so much I had to summon LOTS of motivation to read anything else after DNF-ing it. After a couple days of not reading at all (which is pretty rare for me), I read a book club read that was 150 pages long and got me back on track – and then nearly got into a slump again after reading an eARC that was fun but also exhausting. I think I’ll take a bit of a break for another couple days and not read so much next week.
I will also step away a bit from blogging so I can focus more on work, getting back into a routine of exercising and so on. My routine pretty much non-existent since the start of the pandemic and I really miss it (plus it’s definitely taken a toll on my mental health), so I will put more time and effort into doing the things I know make me feel better and healthier.
This has been a bit of a slower reading week for me, but I still managed to finish a bunch of books. I’ve been attempting to spend less time reading and more time doing other things and have mostly succeeded this week, although there’s still a long way to go.
So this week I decided to start slowing down my reading (I still picked up a lot of books this week though) so I can have more time to do other things more mindfully rather than constantly multitasking – I listen to books while I do a lot of things, and lately I’ve been feeling like it’s a bit too much. I miss reading slowly and taking my time, so that is what I will try to do for the next few weeks and see how it goes.
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.
This has been a lighter week at work, so I had a lot more time for reading than usual. I was also quite in a reading mood this weekend so I plowed through The Jasmine Throne, listened to When The Tigers Came Down the Mountain at high speed while going to the supermarket, started both Girl in the Walls and Howl’s Moving Castle. All books I finished this week were solid 4 stars and although I hoped to get at least one 5-star read, it’s still a very good reading week!
This latter one is the result of a Twitter poll I put up on Saturday, which it won by a large margin!
June is here and I’m still surprised, as every month, that time keeps going by so quickly. I’ve been on the mood for some historical fiction and non-fiction lately, so I picked up a couple of those this week, as well as a F/F romance and a bleak Brazilian classic. All books are quite different from each other, and my reading mood seems to be kind of everywhere (no wonder my TBR is always so long). Still, I’m glad to have taken a 500+ pages book off my TBR!
Also I ran a poll on Twitter about what to read next on audio:
So I picked up Unspeakable Acts as well today! Quite excited to read this, because I haven’t read True Crime in a while and it’s something that my sister usually enjoys reading so we can exchange book recs and impressions!
I still gravitated towards fantasy this week but I did branch out a little bit and picked up the first nonfic after a while. I have been more interested in non-fiction lately, which is not good news for my TBR, but coincidentally (or not) I’ve also been less interested in other genres I used to read more of, so maybe that balances it out. My TBR has finally gone below 140 books, which I feel very proud of. I still have 38 books to go (plus however many I decide to add in the meantime) before I hit my goal, but I’m starting to feel that it is a feasible goal, if a bit challenging.
Last week I didn’t work on Thursday and Friday, giving me plenty of extra time to finish a few books I’d been reading and start some new stuff! I ended up DNF-ing one book this week, which is not bad at all considering I picked up 7 books in total. It’s unsurprising to me that I still gravitated towards fantasy this week (it is my favorite genre after all), but hopefully I will branch out a bit in the next weeks.