This week was filled with many ups and downs. My best reading day was Wednesday with 571 pages. By the end of the day I had finished 4 books for the week and was halfway through the fifth. My worst day was Thursday when my migraines started. But as you can see I never picked myself back up. Still feeling drained and out of sorts. Not sure if I am actually sick or just run down from online classes.
What Books Did I Read This Week?
This week my focus was on reading ARCs and getting my NetGalley average up. In total I read 7 ARCs and 2 backlist titles – A Good Marriage and The Night Watchman. Both backlist titles were bookclub picks.
Here are the buy links and release dates of the ARCs I read this week:
- His & Hers by Alice Feeney – 7/28/2020
- The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – 8/4/2020
- Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman – 8/4/2020
- The Death of Vivek Oji by Awaeke Emezi – 8/4/2020
- Luster by Raven Leilani – 8/4/2020
- Underground, Monroe and The Mamalogues by Dr. Lisa B. Thompson – 8/15/2020
- After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor – 1/5/2021
My NetGalley feedback ratio is now 91%, the highest since I joined the service. I still have 13 galleys to read. Four of these are due to be released within the next month.
Which Book Was My Favorite?
I had four five star reads this week. Choosing one is very hard as they were all different styles and genres. The Death of Vivek Oji is a contemporary fiction about identity. Emezi’s prose is tender and beautiful. I cried my way through this one. The Night Swim is a fast paced thriller. After the Rain is a graphic novel adapted from one of Okorafor’s short stories and Underground, Monroe and the Mamalogues are three plays written by scholar Lisa B. Thompson.
But if I have to choose just one it would have to be Awaeke Emezi’s third novel, The Death of Vivek Oji.
What Am I Reading Next?
Empire of Wild is a supernatural fable in the vein of Little Red Riding Hood. Hieroglyphics is a contemporary novel about parenthood, memory and loss. I will be reviewing both of these novels over the next week so stop back and hear my thoughts.