What We’re Reading Wednesday, September 28th

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! This week has been chock full at work and in the evenings with social activities, so I feel like I’ve blinked and we’re halfway through.

I’m gearing up for a weekend trip of a super secret nature, about which I can share more once the surprise has passed. I’ll pack my books along but it’s unlikely I’ll get much reading in, aside from when the others are asleep and I’m up at 5:30am on account of who I am as a person.

But it’s not the weekend yet, and there’s plenty of reading updates to catch up on before I pack my bags.

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Recent Reads

I’m on a roll and finished another book this week! I finally got around to reading Kerry Winfrey’s Just Another Love Song, which I fully admit to putting off because I wasn’t sure I’d love it as much as I love her other books. Sure enough, I thought this one was cute and cozy but not the best fit for me personally as a reader. I enjoyed it, but it won’t go down as a lifelong favorite. My mini-review went up earlier this week:

Mini Review: “Just Another Love Song”
Just another mini book review of Kerry Winfrey’s latestmedium.com

Current Reads

Audiobook-wise, I’ve got about an hour left in Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You. Overall, I’m really enjoying it.

I will say some of the essay formats don’t lend themselves very well to audio due to the repetitive style. So far, there are two essays that consist mainly of a lot of variations on stories & scenarious that start with the same phrase (like “Sure, sex is good, but…). While it’s a fun format, it does feel particularly repetitive to hear Irby’s attempts to say the same words with a different flavor every time.

I’ve picked up a digital review copy after a bit of a break from them, with Dee Ernst’s Lucy Checks In*. It really hooked me from the first page, and I think I’ll be finishing it pretty quickly. I love that the protagonist is in her 40s and starting over later in life, but it remains to be seen if the apparent love interest can win me over.

Up Next & On to You

By the time I finish Lucy Checks In it’ll probably be October or at least October eve, which means Witchtober begins! I’m going to read From Bad To Cursed with a friend starting on October 1st, so for once I do know what comes next, reading wise.

I’ve got a whole October witchy TBR planned out, which I’ll be releasing as part of the whole two posts I’ve pre-planned for Blogtober 2022. I have very mild intentions of kind of sort of trying to do Blogtober again, but I am traveling a lot next month so we’ll see if I manage it.

What about you, book friends? What have you been reading lately, and how is it treating you?

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What We’re Reading Wednesday, September 21st

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! I can hardly believe we’re so close to the end of September, but then again, the first month of the fall semester always goes by in a flash.

My intro to writing students have submitted their rough drafts, and a good amount of my reading energy this week will go into reading and providing feedback for those.

In non-bookish news, the latest season of Great British Bake Off has begun, which means the third annual GBBO Fantasy League has commenced. We drafted our teams of bakers on Friday and watched the first episode. I feel confident in my first pick, but the rest of the team is a bit of a mixed bag thus far.

Plenty of reading updates this week as I’m back on my audiobook game and in a good routine of morning and evening reading (most of the time). Let’s dig in.

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Recent Reads

I’ve already finished Jeanette McCurdy’s memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died and I have to say, I get the hype. I was a little skeptical initially, wondering if the attention-grabbing title coupled with McCurdy’s fame was responsible for the buzz. But no, this woman has some serious writing chops.

She doesn’t pull punches, and there are a lot of grim, stark depictions of her childhood and her eating disorder that can be uncomfortable to confront. This is a big “check the content warnings” title, but it is truly a powerfully written memoir. My mini review went up earlier this week, here: Mini Review: I’m Glad My Mom Died

I also finished The Family Compound, which I really enjoyed as well. Liz Parker has won me over on the family drama with multiple perspectives. My full review went up late last week, and you can check it out by clicking the thing: Secrets and Lies Abound in “The Family Compound“.

Current Reads

Next up on audio, I’m finally reading essayist Samantha Irby, whose work has been recommended to me numerous times. I’m starting with her essay collection Wow, No Thank You, which is narrated by the author. I’m 17% of the way in and can definitively say that the people who kept saying I needed to read Irby were right. I love a good funny cultural essay, and this book is chock full of them, including a spectalar take on what it’s like to try and enjoy a night out when you’re in your 30s.

In print, I’m finally on to Kerry Winfrey’s latest, Just Another Love Song. As far as second chance romances go, this one has a plausible reason for the breakup that lets me forgive both characters with ease. That’s my pre-requisite for buying in, so I’m enjoying it well enough so far. As always, Winfrey goes hard on the Ohio references, which the Ohio girl in me loves. There’s a whole Ohio themed inn, which is just the cherry on top of the small town vibes in my opinion.

Up Next & On to You

Most likely it’ll be Witchtober by the time I’m picking up something new to read, which means I’ll be tackling my witchy stack. I’m planning to buddy read From Bad to Cursed, so I’ll start that when my friend is ready. We haven’t determined a date yet because, well… adulthood. That means I just have to decide which book to read first this month if she’s still waiting on the library copy to come in. Decisions, decisions.

What about you, book friends? Are you leaning into the Fall vibes (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere)? Or clinging to the last hints of summer?

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