Hi everyone and welcome to my first ever Friday Reads! I was inspired by a lot of Youtubers who post their weekly reading updates every Friday, especially Rincey and Lindsey. It feels more relaxed and chatty, and I thought since I’m participating in the 20 Books of Summer ’20, why not update my reading progress every week as well?
If you’re interested in my plans for reading 20 books this summer, check out my TBR post here.
In this series I would also like to focus on my page count, therefore it’s also more of a reflection for me as to which days am I reading the most and why I didn’t read that much on other days.
This week I am happy to say that I finished one book! On Thursday I finally sat down and finished with the audiobook of Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang. I thought it was a very slow, very introspective book that was narrated really well.
Our main character is an Asian American woman, still early in her career as a journalist in an online tech news company. She has a long-time boyfriend who is white, and it is mostly her observations and thoughts as she goes on with her life.
It is a commentary of just a normal adult life with problems of career, how her parents divorced, her love for her boyfriend, but also highly prominent amongst Jing Jing’s “distractions” are observations about race and how people around her behave, knowing that she is Asian American. It is at times relatable but most of them are quite insightful, the little things like how a lot of white people just assume Asian-looking people cannot speak English very well, or how she felt disconnected from where she is from in China because she wasn’t born there, or her struggles with the fact that she has a very serious relationship with a man who isn’t the same race as she is, and therefore cannot understand her observations and distractions.
It is interesting and fascinating to read about, although sometimes I would find our main character a bit annoying and nitpicky. I think the point of the author isn’t to make a likeable character, but someone human and humanly annoying at times. All in all, a really nice read for Asian heritage month last month, I just didn’t spend enough time listening to the audiobook to finish it in time.
I started a new book on my Kindle at the beginning of the week, Ship of Destiny, the third book in the Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb. It is filled with ship adventures, a dragon, various political intrigue, family problems, and serpents, and it’s really great fun. Throughout the week I’ve been focusing more on reading chunks of the book, and I reached the 50% mark by Thursday night. I will be trying to finish this book by the end of the week, since I’ll have the whole day off this Friday, and lots of time to read on Saturday!
And finally, after finishing an audiobook I went straight in to a new one, and following my TBR for this month, I picked another Asian read which is The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay. I haven’t really gotten far into the book, so I cannot really say much, but it is so far a nice, interesting read set in India and focusing on a young woman who just lost her mother. I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m eager to read more.
Total pages read: 483 pages of Ship of Destiny + 80 pages of Days of Distraction + 48 pages of The Far Field = 611 pages.
Total books read this summer: 1
Not really the amount of pages I was aiming for, 1000, but it is still a good start to the month! Excited to read more for 20 Books of Summer ’20. Let me know what you read this week, and I will talk to you again soon in another post.