Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

4 things this week:

I haven’t had much news the last few weeks, but a lot has happened since my last weekly update!

  • First and most exciting, I am engaged!! I could not be happier about it. 🙂
  • Second, my fiance (it makes me smile every time I type or say that) and I took a quick trip to North Carolina this week and had a great time.
  • Third, I took my proctored test to see if I can get certified in doing my job. I think it went well, but results are delayed. I’m assuming this is because of coronavirus, but who actually knows.
  • And finally, my company announced on Friday that we’re all working from home for at least the next two weeks and I am 100% prepared to wake up late and work in my pajamas with a cat in my lap.

Song of the week:

How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book Review: A Warning by Anonymous

A Warning by Anonymous
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Source: Borrowed

An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation’s capital.

I’ve been interested in Trump’s presidency since it began. A celebrity with no political experience running an entire country was bound to be an experience, and it certainly has been. Whatever your political beliefs, whether you agree with what Trump does or not, I think we can all agree that he’s a very different kind of president than we’ve seen before.

After slogging my way through Fire & Fury, more or less enjoying Fear, and being pretty satisfied with Proof of Collusion (my opinion of these Trump books was only going up), I was excited to get my hands (or, more accurately, I guess, my ears) on A Warning. Probably the most interesting thing for me, and for many people, is the anonymity of its author. I’d love to know who wrote it just so I can send them a thank you card, because this is definitely the best book on Trump’s presidency that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

I think that the best thing about A Warning is that it’s not written by someone who disliked Trump from the beginning. It’s not written to be shocking. It doesn’t call for his removal from office — not because he’s doing well as a president, but because the consequences may be worse than the current situation.

What the book does very well is present information in a clear, organized manner. It’s not a rehashing of CNN and Fox News, either. While there wasn’t a ton of brand new information, the author does put everything in context, describing the daily inner workings of the White House and how things we already knew fit in.

I was a little worried that this book would be poorly written, but I was surprised to find it better-written than any other book I’ve read on Trump’s presidency. It flows nicely, it’s never awkward, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was written by someone who writes professionally.

I’d recommend this to anyone curious about the inner workings of the White House, especially with the election coming up later this year.

Have you read A Warning? Have you read any good books recently about current events?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday post! WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!

What are you currently reading?

  • The Kitchen by Ollie Masters
    • This really feels more like a collection of plot points than an actual story, but it’s a graphic novel so at least it’s quick.
    • reading challenge: a book becoming a movie in 2019 (popsugar)
  • Roommates by M.E. Parker
    • I can’t really say that I’m enjoying this one, but at least it’s almost done.
    • reading challenge: firestation (romanceopoly)

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
    • This was so good! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
    • This probably wasn’t the best choice for my first Becky Chambers book. I wish I would have started with one of her novels.
  • The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
    • Once again, SDH gets me to accept, without a second thought, a completely outlandish premise in a YA contemporary.
  • Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
    • I’d expected a memoir and this was more like a collection of funny thoughts, but it was still a lot of fun!
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    • Given how much hype I’d seen about this book, I expected more than a racist, biphobic celebration of the manic pixie dream girl.
  • Snug by Catana Chetwynd
    • I love Catana’s comics and I loved this collection!
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    • I didn’t expect to enjoy a classic so much, but this was a lot of fun.
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
    • I’ve had this one on my TBR for a very long time and was very relieved to love it.
  • A Warning by Anonymous
    • I wasn’t going to read this one this week, but then it was automatically checked out to me and within about an hour, five more people put a hold on it. It was incredible.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
    • Since I recently moved to the south, I figured I should learn how to behave.
  • Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
    • I’m just praying that this will be good.
    • reading challenge: uptown (romanceopoly)

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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