Happy Friday everyone! Another week has gone by, and I’m starting to look forward to making these weekly reading updates. As you all might know, I’ve undertaken the challenge of reading 20 books this summer. And I hope by updating my progress every week, I can motivate myself to read more and share with you the exciting reads I’ve been reading!
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
I wrote a full review of this book on my Goodreads, but in general I was very excited to read this series because I watched the Netflix show and want to read more about Geralt, and possibly know extra fun trivia to tell my friends whenever the second season comes out!
I really like the fantasy world of witchers and monsters and interesting magic systems in this book. Though I would like to see more insight into the magical creatures instead of the race war that is an underlying plot in the book, it fulfils my fantasy mood. However there were some things I wasn’t a fan of. Sapkowski’s quite sexist portrayal of characters is a bit obvious, specifically women. They were just written as these physically beautiful characters, always, and would mention again and again their physical appearance, their breasts or cleavage, or ways they can use their sexuality in a story. I hope in the next books he will make them more interesting with good character development (Ciri, I’m looking at you!) I did find this book very readable, immersive, and since I am eager to watch the new season of the tv show, I’m still planning on continuing ahead with the series, and I’m looking forward to following Geralt’s story.
An Edited Life by Anna Newton
A full review is also up on my Goodreads if you fancy taking a look over there! I listened to this in Storytel, which was fun but also lacking in terms of the fact that this book has a lot of resources and graphics that would’ve aided in my enjoyment of the book.
Overall I felt like it is a very specific book for young, middle-class women and though I found the writing style fun and conversational, I didn’t really find much useful tips in it that I haven’t heard of already. It did inspire me to update my budgeting game, and get more organized in terms of my calendar, but if you are interested in “editing” or “streamlining” your life, definitely watch Anna’s Youtube channel because she has a lot of interesting videos that are useful and inspiring.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
I took my time reading this because I wanted to learn more and absorb all the important information in this book, and I’m so glad I picked this up. It is a quite comprehensive, clearly explained and filled with introductory information about all things race, and I would urge anyone, whether you are a POC or white, to read this and get your mind more open. I learned so much about topics I’ve only heard about, and gained more insight into the ones I’ve already learned about.
As an Asian living in Europe I did find some things mentioned in this book to be relatable, but a lot of them is very different from my situation and Oluo’s personal experiences were really eye opening for me, to learn about a black woman living in America. It is indeed quite heavily focused on American systems and American racism, but I think we can all find something important to take from this book. I would highly, highly recommend everyone to give it a read.
The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
As I mentioned, I am continuing with the Witcher series with this second book, and so far I’m only a few chapters in so I cannot say much about it! But I’m enjoying moments involving Geralt and Ciri, but so far I think it’s a bit more slow-paced than the first book.
Number of pages read: 210 (Blood of Elves) + 43 (An Edited Life) + 256 (So You Want to Talk About Race) + 52 (The Time of Contempt) = 561 pages
Number of books finished: 3
Books finished this summer