I really love readathons and challenging myself to follow a TBR. This time I would give myself a 30% on willingness to follow my TBR, which is hilarious because I gave myself options on several challenges. I “live” blogged throughout the week so here is how my week went!
Day One: Saturday, January 20, 2018
At work once everyone was gone but me, I started listening to Molly’s Game and am enjoying it significantly more than I thought I would, so that’s exciting. I really want to see the movie now.
Whoops, I went to the bookstore. I went there specifically to pick up Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed because it’s my book of the month for January, but while I was in there I got trapped at the Buy Two Get the Third Free table and brought home Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Britt-Marie was Here and My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman. Very excited for these but also, why did I do this?
When I got home from dinner, I started reading Love, Hate and Other Filters, which made me ridiculously hungry for Indian food even though I had just eaten. It also made me really mad at racists, white supremacists, Congress for not passing a budget that included a DREAM Act provision, etc. The book is so good though. It’s about Maya who meets this guy at her cousin’s wedding, Kareem, and enjoys flirting with him. But there’s also Peter, from school, a white boy her parents would NEVER approve of. Peter also has a girlfriend. Also, Maya’s kind of keeping a secret from her parents about where she got into college and wants to go. Oh, and eventually a terrorist attack happens and it’s infuriating. I will say that if you didn’t like the relationship in Anna and the French Kiss, you’re going to struggle with this one. I didn’t struggle with either relationship because I’m a terrible person apparently. Oh well. Great book. But order Indian food before you start because Samira Ahmed includes so many food references, I’m hungry just thinking about it.
Time for bed!
Day Two: Sunday, January 21, 2018
I listened to more of Molly’s Game this morning while making breakfast and am still excited to see the movie. It’s still weird to me that this is a memoir because it sounds like fiction. Just wild. I’m 3 hours and 12 minutes into it right now and I’m about to head out on a 90 minute trip in my car so I’ll probably get some more listened to unless I can convince my sister to come with me.
I also started China Rich Girlfriend, which is my pick for a sequel. I am absolutely loving it. I’m currently a little more than 200 pages in and I want to just curl up until I finish the whole thing, but I really need to take off. So, signing off for now!
Alright, back from dropping off very late Christmas presents and I’m now 5 hours into Molly’s Game and I’m legitimately becoming obsessed. I can’t wait to see the movie so here’s hoping I’ll finish the audiobook tomorrow. I have a couple of things to do before I can return to reading China Rich Girlfriend, but I’ll update you before I go to bed if I get more reading done.
Day Three: Monday, January 22, 2018
Today is my blog host challenge day! I’m really excited for the responses to start rolling in, but for now, I’m off to work!
I finished Molly’s Game while I was at work today and I’ve got to say, I’m really disappointed in how abruptly the book ends. I know I’m a lawyer so I’m probably more likely to be interested in the legal consequences of Molly’s actions than a lot of people, but she really just summarizes what happens without going into any detail. It was disconcerting and annoying, honestly. That said, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing the movie soon. Hopefully.
I ran sprints on Twitter for a little bit while watching The Bachelor and then Runaways (on Hulu) so clearly did well actually reading. Hosting sprints was really fun though! I enjoyed it a lot. But now it is time for bed.
Day Four: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Honestly, why do I bother making a TBR? Anyway, so today at work, I decided to see if The Namesake was available as an audiobook from the library. It was, which is awesome, and I started listening to it. I’ve decided I really like reading books with people different from me on audio that are narrated by people of the same or similar background as the characters because it makes the book come alive that much more for me. The Namesake was mentioned in Love, Hate and Other Filters so it is fulfilling the read a book mentioned in another media for me. I’m only a little more than two hours in because work was stressful today, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to make my way through this audiobook by Friday. I have an ebook of it as well so if all else fails, I can read and listen.
I went out to dinner with a friend, so I had limited reading time today for physical reading, but I got through another hundred pages of China Rich Girlfriend, which I am still loving so much! Astrid is absolutely my favorite character.
Anyway, that’s all I have for now. Until tomorrow!
Day Five: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Erm… I read nothing. I listened to nothing. I do not know what happened to my evening, but it disappeared. As for what I did at work, yeah, nope. I’ve got no excuse. I simply did nothing.
Day Six: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Inexplicably, at work today I decided to listen to Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which fits not at all into my TBR and does nothing to help me get through The Namesake. I have no excuses other than I really wanted something light-hearted.
During work, I also managed to finish Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Anderson, which I enjoyed more than the first in the Sarah’s Scribbles series. Although I wasn’t intending to read this comic as a part of this readathon, my loan from Hoopla was expiring so it seemed prudent to complete it. It occurred to me though that it actually fulfills the challenge to read a book under 200 pages!
Anyway, after work, I went to dinner with my co-worker and then got home just in time for Grey’s Anatomy, which was unbelievably powerful. If you haven’t watched this episode by the time you read this, please drop everything and go do that.
Because it was so powerful, I found myself in need of something happy so I picked up China Rich Girlfriend and holy cow, plot twist I did NOT see coming! I am truly in love with this series and am very excited to continue on to the third. Unfortunately, that one has been pre-ordered in paperback so I have to wait until this summer. Alternatively, I could actually go do all of the adulting things necessary to getting my library card switched over, but… well. There are things that could happen that would mean I would just have to do all of those things again, which has me just a little reluctant to do so. Regardless, I finished China Rich Girlfriend and absolutely adored it. 10/10, would recommend, want an entire book based on Astrid, etc.
Day Seven: Friday, January 26, 2018
Today at work I started listening to Pride and Prejudice and decided that would be the book I finish for the book mentioned in another media even though I wanted to do The Namesake. The problem, of course, is that I really needed something mindless because work has been atrocious and my brain in desperate need of comfort reads. I live-tweeted reading/listening to Pride & Prejudice so if you’re curious, feel free to check out my Twitter. The main takeaway is that this book is in fact my favorite book from all time and I am not wrong to have been saying that for years.
I’m not sure if I’ll re-read it again when it comes out of my TBR jar, but I would not be surprised if I do. We shall see.
So that’s a wrap on my Biannual Bibliothon! I completed five of seven challenges, but did not exactly follow my TBR very well. Oops, but also, oh well! How did your reading week go?