The Sunday Review 1/27/2019

This is a new weekly installment I want to try out! Every Sunday I’ll be going over any new book related stuff I’ve been up to. I also want to work on branching out a little bit on here into the not-so-bookish parts of my life. I’ll keep them brief for now while I figure out what exactly I want to share that might be interesting.


Books I finished:

  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson 

This book was absolutely amazing. 5 stars of course. A review is on the way but it’s taking me a while to address everything that I’d like to since the book was over 1,000 pages. I want to be sure I’m doing it justice so bear with me.

  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

More like Disappointment at Devil’s Rock amirite? (I’ll be here all night.) I was pretty bummed about how short this one fell of my expectations. After loving A Head Full of Ghosts I wanted to love this one too. By the end I found myself scratching my head going, …that was it? Full review to come.

Books I’ve added to my TBR

I added a ton of titles this week. A lot of this is because since I started working at a bookstore I’ve been introduced to so many people peddling books I never would’ve thought to pick up on the promise that I’ll love them. I like to think I’m open minded enough to try just about anything but that also means I have zero self control when it comes to making my TBR impossibly long.

What I’m reading now:

I just got the Scribd app and I’m in love with it! It makes listening to audiobooks and reading ebooks on the go incredibly convenient. At this time I’m listening to the phenomenal audiobook of The Scorpio Races, a book I’ve read plenty of times already but I was in the mood for a reread. I like this audiobook in particular because there’s two narrators- Steve West covers the Sean Kendrick chapters and the Puck chapters are read by Fiona Hardingham. Both of them are amazing and I actually find myself looking forward to long car rides so I can listen to them bring one of my favorite stories to life.

I’m also getting started on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I usually steer clear of YA contemporary romance since very rarely does it interest me. That being said, I’m about 25% through and I’m having a really good time. It’s a surprisingly wholesome story, both relatable and tooth-achingly sweet. Not sure I’d always be in the mood for something like this but after finishing a 1,000+ page high fantasy book, it kind of hits the spot.

Songs I’ve been listening to:

  • The Wolves // Mandolin Orange
  • Zombie // DREAMERS
  • Losing my Religion // Movements
  • Dirty Mind // Boy Epic
  • Let it Go // The Neighbourhood
  • Out of the Darkness // Matthew and the Atlas

 

What I’ve been up to:

I got back into playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4 recently and it’s rekindled my interest in 1800s era American history.

I’ve been doing a writing exercise started by Laini Taylor that she’s calling #atticnotebook. I’ll have a full post dedicated to that coming out tomorrow. So far it’s been helpful for getting the creative juices flowing and I have been neglecting my WIP pretty hard lately so I really need that boost.

I’m trying to be proactive about staying on top of my mental health. 2018 was a huge battle for me in that department so I’m putting a lot of effort into being mindful and living in the moment, as opposed to letting my anxiety direct my thoughts elsewhere. I’ve noticed that so far I’ve been in a relatively positive mood this year. Surrounding myself with people I love and things I enjoy doing has been a big help, and as a result I’ve felt more motivated to do all the parts of adulting that aren’t very fun.


 

Thank you for joining me on this first installation of The Sunday Review! Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What songs have you been listening to lately? What are some acts of self-care you do to maintain your own health and well being?

Let me know in the comments and I hope you are all having a happy and safe weekend.

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