Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday! Hopefully your week has been going smoothly, but if not, at least you’re halfway to the weekend! You got this 👌
Now that I got my mini motivational pep talk out of the way, it’s time to do another round of WWW Wednesday. I’ve actually finished a couple books, and started some new ones, so I have a lot to talk about!
On that note, let’s talk about books ✌
What I’ve recently read:
So… I finally finished An Unkindness of Ghosts! I know I haven’t talked to much about the book while reading it, but now that I’m finished, I have a lot more to say!
Plot wise, An Unkindness of Ghosts takes place after the Earth becomes uninhabitable, and the HSS Matilda flies off to the Promised Land. Even though this is a sci-fi novel, and I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, I still really enjoyed it! It’s one of those books, where if you’re interested in reading it, but hesitant because you aren’t very interested in the sci-fi genre, I’d recommend checking it out anyway.
The main aspect I enjoyed about the story were the characters. They were flawed, and seemed more like real people than simply characters in a fictional story. I may have mentioned this before on here, but I loved reading from the Aster’s perspective, especially as she is neuroatypical and it was interesting seeing how this played a part in her perception of life on the Matilda. I also like how the book dedicates a chapter here and there to those closest to Aster. I’ve read books in the past where they include random POV’s that I didn’t find relevant to the story, but in An Unkindness of Ghosts, I felt the additional perspectives added another layer to the story and enhanced it in one way or another.
The second book I finished reading is Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. Claudia is worried when her best friend, Monday Charles, doesn’t show up on the first day of school, especially after not hearing from her the entire summer. Even though Monday is missing, Claudia seems to be the only one who cares, so she sets out to find Monday, one way or another.
Overall, I loved the story, and how it was divided between the present and past, based on the month. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending though, as the plot twist kind of distracted me from the big reveal, but that’s more of a “me” thing than anything else. The story was paced really well, and there was a good build up to the ending also. I finished it pretty quickly, and was sucked into the story so I had to see what would happen. If you like YA mystery/thriller stories, I definitely would recommend checking out Monday’s Not Coming.
What I’m currently reading:
I started reading Inclusify for my book club, and I’m about a couple chapters into the book. So far, I’ve found the book easy to read, as the author writes about her research in a way that’s easy for anyone to understand, no matter how much research-esque non-fiction books you’ve read. As I’ve said, I’m not that far into the book, so I can’t say whether or not I find her research ground-breaking, but I’m interested to read more about her research.
I also decided to start reading Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum PHD. After reading the introduction to Inclusify, I realized there were similar topics discussed in these books. Although in WAATBKSTITC, it discusses this in the context of children and education, while Inclusify frames it in the context of management and the workplace. I think it would be interesting to read these in tandem, as it can give a more complete perspective on how challenges in the workplace with diversity can start as early as in the classroom. I want to add that WAATBKSTITC focuses mainly on race and education, and I want to try and find a good book that focuses on sex and education, to balance it out. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Along with those two books, I started The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Evelyn Hardcastle will continue die everyday until Aiden Bishop solves her murder and breaks the cycle. However, he keeps waking up in the bodies of different guests at Blackhearth Manor each day, and receives varying degrees of help from the hosts. I honestly started reading this book, because the title made me think of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, even though these two books have nothing in common 😂 I really enjoy the concept of the book, and the few chapters I’ve read are peaking my interest enough to continue to the end.
What I plan on reading:
If I plan on reading anymore books, I’m going to go with a book that’s a bit lighter, and easier to digest for those nights when I need to give my brain a break… because I’ll probably need it 😂 Most likely, it will be one of the other books I mentioned in my previous WWW Wednesday posts (Which you can check out here or here), or maybe something else entirely, who knows 🤷♂️ I’m definitely a mood reader, so we’ll see what I feel like diving into, or if I even want to dive into anything at all. Since I’m working through three books right now, I’m not thinking too much about what I want to read next, if I’m going to be honest.
That’s all I have for today folks! Have you read any of these books, and if so, did you enjoy them? What are you currently reading, or thinking of reading? Let me know down below, as I’d love to hear about it!
On that note, thanks for reading through today’s post, and I’ll see you on Friday with something new!
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