What We’re Reading Wednesday, March 8th

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Hello and happy Wednesday, book friends! After a bit of chaos at the weekend, I’m happy to say we’re relatively settled back into our regular routines. 

I spent most of the day yesterday celebrating the return of our power by watching a lot of Cutthroat Kitchen on Hulu, a show I’d forgotten about but recently re-discovered while browsing for Food Network content on streaming. During the power outage, reading was my only entertainment option, and a lot of it was spent straining to see by lantern light, so it felt nice to take a bit of a break.

Now, on to the reading updates for the week! 

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Recent Reads 

I finished Monica Heisey’s Really Good, Actually, and it was, as the title suggests, really good! I loved the sort of dry, dark humor of it. With a book you’re super hyped to read, it’s always a pleasure when it actually lives up to your expectations. 

Given the hectic nature of the last few days, I didn’t get around to writing a full review, which I like to do when my memory is fresh. I did do a little review post on Instagram, which you can check out here.

Current Reads

After finishing Really Good, Actually, I picked up Mike Chen’s Vampire Weekend. I’ve heard some mixed reviews on this one, with some readers not liking the “vampires, but make it mundane” take. I’m kind of here for that sort of thing, so I suspected I might enjoy it, and so far, I was right. I’m nearly finished with the book and curious to see where it goes. 

I’m still working my way through Witches of America. It’s an interesting sort of outsider look at witchcraft and its origins, and while it’s fascinating, I have occasionally paused a bit at the tone. I’m still not very far in, though, so I’m reserving judgement. 

Audiobook-wise, I’ve stalled a bit. I just can’t seem to settle in or decide what I want to listen to, so I’m… not. Which is okay, of course, but will definitely slow my reading pace up a bit this month. 

Up Next & On to You

Remember how last week I said I was going to do a NetGalley read next, but then I didn’t do that? Yeah, I’m going to once again say I’ll be back to the NetGalley shelves when I finish Vampire Weekend. But then again, I got a copy of Weyward as my free Book of the Month birthday add on, and I’m quite tempted to read that next instead. Guess only time will tell. 

What about you, book friends? What are you reading, and how is it treating you? 


What We’re Reading Wednesday, March 1st 

Hello, book friends, and welcome to our first What We’re Reading Wednesday of March (aka, birthday month!). I had a solid reading month in February and am hoping the trend continues, particularly since I will be treating myself to a trip to the bookstore in my new area in the near future. 

My best books recap will go up tomorrow, highlighting my favorites from the nine (nine!) books I read in February. But until then, let’s check in about what I’ve been up to this past week, reading wise. 

(Full disclosure: This post uses Bookshop.org affiliate links. Books marked with asterisks were received as complimentary review copies in exchange for my honest opinion).

Recent Reads

I’ve certainly been busy since last week’s post! I finished The Authenticity Project on audio and was pretty delighted with it, overall. A fun cast of characters and some unexpected twists and turns — what more can you ask for? 

I also wrapped up The Friendship Breakup*, which ended a bit abruptly in my opinion, but was a fun enough read. There’s a review up for that one, if you’re interested,

As promised, I picked up The Quarantine Princess Diaries* (out March 28th) next. I tore through it in about the span of a day. It was quick and cute and pretty much what you expect from a Princess Diaries book. I’ll be posting a review of that one in the near future, as well. 

Finally, I finished up HausMagick. It was a beautiful reading experience and a book I will love having on my shelves, even if it didn’t quite revolutionize my ability to keep a cozy comfy home like I had hoped it might. 

Whew! I finished a lot of books last week, didn’t I?

Current Reads

For my morning read, I picked up Witches of America, a memoir by Alex Mar. She went on a five-year investigative journey to learn more about the occult and then, of course, she wrote about it. I’m not too far in yet, so not much to say about it yet. 

I finally picked up a highly anticipated read, Monica Heisey’s Really Good, Actually, and it is definitely living up to the hype for me. One of those books that has me laughing out loud enough that my husband asked me what’s so funny. I expect I’ll fly through this one at this rate. 

On audio, I’m listening to Samantha Irby’s Meaty, which I believe was her first essay collection. It’s interesting because you can sort of feel it in the references, which are of a certain time gone by. 

Up Next & On To You

There are so many books I’m excited to read, it feels like I can hardly get through them fast enough! I’m not entirely sure what’s next, but I am going to try and keep up with ARCs so probably I’ll be back to the NetGalley shelf after I wrap up Really Good, Actually. 

What about you, book friends? What have you been reading lately, and how are you liking it?