Welcome to another Sunday wrap up where I talk about everything that’s happened this week and my reading progress!
Firstly, we finally got snow! I’ve been so jealous of everyone having snow in other places but we actually got some this week, even if it was only for a few days! Apart from that, it’s been a pretty normal week. I have a week-long break off college so it will be nice to relax for a few days before revising again. I’ve also been going out for walks more often and although it can be hard to get out of bed and outside most days, it makes me feel a lot better.
My Week in Books
I finished Normal People at the start of the week. It was pretty good, and I felt like I could relate to both characters in some ways, but especially Connell. I did enjoy their relationship and it felt very natural, but I wasn’t blown away by the story. I thought I’d hate the way dialogue was written without any speech marks but I got used to it quickly, so don’t be intimidated by that. Overall I rated it 3.5 stars and I think it was a solid read. I’m ready to watch the TV series now!
Next, I finished The Weight of the Stars. So I can confirm that this is contemporary, although there are space elements that are more prevalent at the end. I’m a bit conflicted on this because the ending was brilliant and I was properly crying by the end, I just wish the rest of the book could have been as emotional and impactful as the last 50 pages. Still, I enjoyed the slow burn relationship and Alexandria’s character specifically. Some of the characters’ action didn’t make sense to me and the side characters felt a bit flat, but overall I really enjoyed it. 4 stars!
I started Julius Caesar next. I’m taking this one slow and hopefully I’ll be able to finish it by the end of the month. I’ve got to Act II and I’m just translating and annotating! I studied the end of the Roman Republic when translating The Philippics for Latin A-Level, so it’s nice to see the similarities and differences in Shakespeare’s work and the true history. I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts when I get further in!
I’m also reading Assassin’s Apprentice, and I’ll probably be able to finish it by the end of today. It’s very different to my last read The Weight of the Stars (especially the text, it’s so small!). It’s a slow introduction to the series, but I’m really enjoying following Fitz in his childhood and exploring the politics and tensions in the world. The characters are definitely my favourite part of the book, and I’m interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
Thanks for reading! How was your week?
I read Julius Caesar for the first time (in English) this year! That’s so cool that you’re translating it! Assassin’s Apprentice sounds so good💜
Oooh yay for snow! I live in the northern US and it’s been snowing for a while now, but it’s finally started to get really, really cold and now everything is just ice 😭 I’m excited to hear your thoughts on Assassins Apprentice, it’s been on my TBR for awhile but I’m a bit intimidated by it 😅 Hope you have a long, relaxing break! ♥
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Oh no I love snow but I don’t think I could cope with that much! I was intimidated too but I’m glad I finally got to it! Thank you 😊