I’m back again this week with another Week In Review, a feature in which I talk about my week, what I read, what posts went up, and what posts you can expect in the upcoming week. And at the end I also share something cool online that I’ve really liked this week in the spotlight section.
This last week was pretty busy as it was the last week of class before Thanksgiving Break. I finally had my German lit. presentation on Monday. Wednesday I turned in eight more article summaries which I will include in my lit. review for final my research proposal. And Thursday I got some feedback on my final research paper I’m writing in film studies so I feel like I’m in a really good place with all the papers I’ll need to write in the next couple of weeks.
Even though I was busy, I managed to reward myself with something really fun this week. Thursday night after I was through with all my classes I went to a free showing of Avenue Q on campus! The theater is right next to the building where I have my film studies class so I managed to see the advertisement flyers and realized I should really take advantage of the opportunity. I’ve never seen the show before and I felt like this is great time in my life to watch it.
What I Read
Killing Adonis by J.M. Donellan | I started reading this eBook on my iPhone the previous weekend while I was house-sitting. I figured it would be a relatively quick read as long as I kept up with it. I had very little knowledge of what the story would be about going into it and it was one of those pleasant surprises that knock you off your feet. I really enjoyed the time reading it and dreaded reaching the end. If you’re in the mood for something random, perhaps a book to end a reading slump, I highly recommend this little mystery. It’s set in the modern day, but it also feels like a Victorian novel which I think is really cool.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen | I am currently one chapter into this book that I’ve decided to reread as I finish NaNoWriMo because this is absolutely the kind of book I’d like to write. Even though I know what’s going to happen I’m able to enjoy the story and the characters and really can’t wait to get to The Invasion of the Tearling, because I’ve only read that one in digital ARC format so there may be some surprises there. Also the third and final book comes out at the end of the month so I’m eager to pick it up as soon as possible in December.
This week the majority of the articles I read were concerning identification of audiences with media characters. I’m interested in this concept because of how it relates to the theory of uses and gratifications which might explain what audiences stand to gain by increasing their exposure to their favorite media personalities.
Last Week’s Posts
Illuminae | Book Talk | Monday uploaded a quick post on my thoughts about Illuminae. I loved this book and I loved writing this post so it’s promising for the future of book talks I think! Hopefully it helps spread the word about this book because I think it’s a great entry book into science fiction.
Week Two Update | NaNoWriMo 2016 | Thursday I uploaded my progress update post about how spectacularly I’m failing at NaNoWriMo at the moment. It’s never fun to admit, but I do think there’s something to learn from failure so I’m happy to share my failure if it means someone will learn from my mistakes!
Thanksgiving Week Goals + TBR | Saturday morning I sat down and thought about all the things I want to make sure to do this upcoming week and I made it into a post. It includes an ambitious list of writing, homework, and reading goals, including my TBR for the week which I’ve just realized is missing a book that will arrive in the post tomorrow…
5 Standalone Novels | Lori Recommends | Since the holiday season is approaching I’m interested in trying a new style of post in which I recommend five books similar in some way (this time in that they are standalone novels) that might make good gifts to loved ones or to yourself if you’re interested in learning about some new books. All these books are pretty cosy reads and perfect for this time of year.
Week Three Update | NaNoWriMo 2016 | Wednesday I want to upload my next NaNoWriMo progress update. If you recall from this past week’s, I’ve been in a bit of rut. So I’m hoping this week I’ll become a comeback kid and make a miraculous recovery in word count!
Bookshelf Tour 2016 | I’ve never done a bookshelf tour before so I want to one while I have access to all my shelves this week! I think this will be a really fun post which will allow to me to show off the books I own, and also incentivize me to do some cleaning/organizing this week. So I hope you’re excited because I know I am! I’ve only seen videos of these, so it’ll be interesting to figure out how to do this as a blog post.
On Wednesday I made a semi-impulsive Amazon purchase including Illuminae (which I read last week and loved enough to purchase), Gemina (sequel to Illuminae which debuted this year), and a Wacom Intuos art pen and tablet (link here). Why such a random purchase you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you. I used to love drawing and I want to learn how to make cool art online that I can share. Which leads me to the cool link I want to share this week: Charlie Bowater’s website!
She is a professional illustrator who makes beautiful fan art for Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I love the idea of trying to bring the world and characters of my story to life, which is a big reason why I wanted to buy the tablet. But I can see myself using it for many other things in the future as well. So I’m hoping it becomes a good investment.