Week In Review
October 20 – 26
This past week has been a strange one. I spent a lot of time reading and thinking about things like Kathleen Hale’s article in the Guardian, and GamerGate, which left me feeling incredibly frustrated and upset. I knew I should have stopped reading and just walked away, but I felt that by not reading and acknowledging that that stuff is going on, I was passively allowing those things to continue, unchallenged. On the other hand, my reading and thinking about those issues over and over and over wasn’t accomplishing anything other than making me feel pretty terrible.
Then on Wednesday, there was a shooting at the National War Memorial, killing a reservist guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which ended with the shooter’s death inside the Parliament buildings. This all took place downtown, where I live and work. I spent the day at work on lockdown, trying to learn what I could about what was going on outside from the news, family, and friends. It was a strange, frightening, surreal day.
So in the midst of the week’s events, I didn’t get much reading done. But I received some books that put a smile on my face, depite the awful, terrible things going on in the world, and for that, I’m thankful and grateful.
I also received my pre-ordered copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (e-book). I can’t wait to start reading this one! The Raven Cycle is my favourite series right now.
I only finished reading one book this week: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow.
Currently, I’m still reading Heir of Fire, but I’m about 70% done so I’m making really good progress with it! I’ve also just started reading Splintered by A.G. Howard for book club.
I posted a few reviews this week:
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff;
The Merciless by Danielle Vega;
Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem; and
Coming up this week are reviews of:
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn;
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard; and
The Fall by Bethany Griffin.
That’s it for me! I’m going to try and get into my book club read and enjoy some coffee. Happy reading!