It’s flu season (tea, please)

Happy Friday, void. I hope this week has been treating you well. I am writing from my couch, where I have been all day because I have the freaking flu. I genuinely hate being sick. One reason is because I hate not feeling in control of my body. Another reason (and probably the biggest) is that being sick is a lonely business. I hate who I am when I am sick. I turn into this whiny, need person who cries in the car when she has to get her own orange juice. I can’t help it. I don’t know why I am the way that I am. Also, while you’re busy being sick everyone else in your life is busy with life and being able to breathe through their nose. It just feels incredibly disconnected, especially when it hurts to look at screens for any period of time.

Getting sick is just par for the course, though. If you didn’t know, I am a kinder teacher which means that I am essentially surrounded by germs at all times of the day. Hopefully I am able to kick this flu soon because I already have so much homework to do.

That’s right! My college classes have started up again as well. If you’re thinking this is the worst possible time to get sick, well you would be correct. I really like all of my classes thus far. I am taking a couple education classes, a mythos class, and a history/literature class. I am only taking one class on campus, the rest are online. I designed it this way so that I could work more! It’s also really convenient because I have a crap load of classroom observations to do, so my schedule is a lot more open.

Reading this week has been blah because I’ve been busy, sick, and busy being sick. My waning mental health hasn’t helped either. I did manage to get to three books, though!

First up, I read Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy. I gave it three stars. It was okay. It’s the first of a series but I have no intent to finish reading them. I really loved some parts of this book and really hated others. I really only finished because it was such a short read.

Next I read Love Her Wild by Atticus which I gave 2 stars to and eventually DNF’d it. It didn’t really seem to have any sustenance or new ideas to it whatsoever ever. It was like scrolling through someone’s quote blog.

I finished up this week with A Royal Affair by John Wiltshire. I gave it two stars. It’s part of a duology which I will not finish. Ohhhh boy, this book. This is another one that I thought was just okay. This book has such potential, I was really excited to read it. When I finished I just felt blah about it. It felt slow sometimes and rushed others. I really hated the ending. I think the romance could have been flushed out better. I wish there was more than one female character. I wish characters had motivations that really felt genuine. This book left a lot to be desired.

As for next week, I don’t have any concrete reading plans! Will I finally (FINALLY) get to Release by Patrick Ness? Will I go to the library and tackle my growing TBR? What will be the next book to make me cry? Will I even survive the weekend? Who knows!

As always, thank you for listening, void. See ya next week. xx

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Weekly Wrap-up

Happy Saturday, void. I hope this week has been kind to you. Last time I wrote I told you I wanted to reread the Captive Prince series and that I wanted to finally (FINALLY) get to John Boyne’s latest novel. I have done both of these things! Let’s get into thoughts.

I wanted to reread Captive Prince because I couldn’t really remember what happened in the series and it is faced a lot of controversy in the bookish community. The first time I read the series, it took forever because I repeatedly put the first book down because I couldn’t get through it. It seemed weird and gross and not at all what I was expecting. I did eventually read all three.

After rereading last weekend, I can definitely understand how people could find issue with it but I, personally, did not. I do think that the second and third books are much better in comparison to the first, as they don’t feature the so prominently the heavy issues of the first. I read all three books in one day. It was a really quick read. Overall, I thought they were okay. Well written, developed characters, interesting plot.

The last book I read this week was The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I finished this book three days ago and I am still struggling to describe how I felt about it. It was amazing. It was enthralling. At times funny, at times heartbreaking. There were times I literally had to walk away from the book, it was so heart clenching.

The book follows the life of an Irish man Cyril Avery as he navigates family, love, and truth. This book was so well written. These characters felt so real to me, their lives so real. Don’t let the size of it intimidate you, it really is such an intense, fast paced read. I rated it 5/5 stars. If you’re looking for a good fiction read to start your year off right, I highly suggest this book. It will make you feel so many things. Wonderful wonderful wonderful.

And that’s it for my reading this week! While my TBR is pretty lengthy, nothing is quite popping out at me so I’m not sure what this next week’s reading will look like. What is your reading looking like so far? If you’ve read Captive Prince, what are your thoughts? Lemme know down below.

Stay warm out here, void. Talk soon.