In exactly three days, I will be married. What a sentence, am I right? This lull between planning all the things and when the thing actually happens is honestly unnerving, so here I am writing our weekly column so I can feel like I’m doing something productive.
And because, I’m happy to report, I finally finished The Summer Job! Hold your applause until the end, please and thank you.
I haven’t yet decided if I will pre-schedule next week’s check-in or just fully take the week off, breaking my streak of posting every Wednsday since we started this whole shebang. I’m a bit fan of letting ourselves have a day off now and again but I do love a streak. We’ll see how the rest of wedding week goes, I suppose!
For now, let’s get to this week’s check in!
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As I mentioned up top, I finally finished The Summer Job, and there was much rejoicing. Clearly, this book wasn’t for me. I just couldn’t get myself to care about the characters or what happened, yet was curious enough to see how the lies would blow up in Birdy’s face that I made myself keep going.
I did feel a spark of interest as we got to the final chapters, which I then finished quite quickly. Ultimately, not a favorite or a recommendation from me.
I picked up a copy of Ruby Warrington’s Material Girl, Mystical World because I loved the bright cover, used to subscribe to her magazine, and because it was available on Book Outlet. With a title like that (I don’t really identify as a “material girl” even if I do love stuff), I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But I am loving this book.
It’s written in a down-to-earth approachable tone that I find really compelling, and I’m flying through it. There’s just enough self in the book to make it feel personal, but also plenty of practical knowledge for the spiritually curious. Even though I’ve read many a Witch 101-style book by now, Warrington has explained a few things in ways that really helped them click for me like they haven’t before. This is particularly true of the section on astrology, a subject which still intimidates me.
I’ve also started one of my NetGalley titles, Sari, not Sari. I am just flying through this romance about a woman who runs a company that specializes in helping people break up with their significant others — for good.
I love watching people connect with parts of themselves they haven’t explored before, so being along for the ride while Manny tries to learn more about her Indian heritage is very compelling for me. The love story has barely gotten going yet and I’m 75% of the way through so I do wonder if this will be another “hmm is this actually primarily a romance?” title for me. But, time will tell!
Up Next & On to You
Whatever I throw in my bag when I head off to the honeymoon will be my next read! I’m just going to take whatever appeals to me from my TBR stack and NetGalley shelves and read what I want, when I want during the trip. Hopefully some photos of my books around the fancy lodge where we’re staying will pop up on my Bookstagram and around the blog soon.
What have you been reading this week, book friends? Let me know!
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