My week started pretty well. It was quiet & low-key. And then. . . our water heater went out. Have you ever replaced a water heater? Well, I haven’t either, but I watched my parents replace our water heater and it was quite an ordeal, made more so by the fact that we live in the middle of nowhere so just procuring said water heater took a 2 hour round trip.
Other than that lovely excitement on Thursday, this week’s been pretty standard. I spent most of my time committing to the job search, but I also spent a ton of time re-reading The Raven Cycle books, and let me tell you, my love for them definitely grew upon re-reading. Before, I liked the series in a very distant way. Now I feel emotionally attached to the characters.
When I wasn’t reading, I spent a good chunk of time writing a WIP that has become quite the ordeal. I’ve ever named it the WIP that Will Not End on twitter whenever I tweet about writing. But I gave myself a Valentine’s Day gift and finished it! Well, the first draft. Still, there’s a story there, ready to be polished in subsequent drafts.
On Monday I reviewed The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It seems to be this year’s IT thriller, but I wasn’t really impressed.
Tuesday I shared 5 things I like and 5 things I dislike in book romances.
Wednesday I reviewed Like No Other by Una LaMarche. I liked the character’s growth, but I had some issues too.
Thursday I shared a new edition of Looking Forward & Looking Behind.
Friday I talked about characters who are supremely unlucky.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater(re-read)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater(re-read)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater(re-read)
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
None! Which is good, because I unpacked all my books and I’m a little low on shelf space.
I am slowly getting back in the hang of this so sometimes I forget to actually keep track of the posts I’ve read & loved during the week. . . oops. I might not get up to favorite 5 status for awhile, but I did read a few posts that stood out to me this week.
Boyfriend Knows Best: On Oppressive YA Relationships @ Girl in the Pages
I have a lot of thoughts on romance, relationships, and teenagers as portrayed in YA. There are some excellent romances in YA, and also some terrible romances that are made to examine unhealthy relationships, but there are also relationships that are unhealthy that are portrayed as something positive. I really loved this close look at oppressive relationships in YA.
Let’s Get Critical: Plot @ The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!
Even if you know this stuff, this is a really great primer/refresher on plot in novels.
Antivalentine: A Celebration of Singletude @ Respiring Thoughts
This is a hilarious, tongue-in-check post about all the bookish advantages of being single.
Oh the Books! Bookish Guide: A Heart-Shaped Box of YA Romance @ Oh, the Books!
Interested in a romance read? Oh, the Books! has got you covered, whether you’re looking for contemporary, LGBTQ, or paranormal romance.
Question of the Week:
Hmm, let’s go with. . . What was your favorite subject in high school? I’m guessing since this is a book blog a lot of people will say English, but hey, maybe I’ll be surprised. I really liked English & history.