Week 2 of 2024 has arrived, and it’s time to catch you all up with a weekly wrap up, the new TBRs for the week, and some updates. Week 1 of 2024 went really smoothly. I was on a roll, ticked things off my to-do list, both book-related and otherwise. But I also realized I needed to make some changes. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Week 1 Updates
Week 1 kicked off with a bang! I was all fired up to dive into my reading list. Zoomed through book 1 at lightning speed and even got a head start on book 2. Then, bam! My reading mood decided to play peekaboo, making it a bit tricky to stick to the TBR. I had an overdose of fantasy in my TBR and my moods swings more than a pendulum. I mean, who can blame me? Too much of one thing is never a good idea, right? One minute I’m all about solving murder mysteries, and the next I’m craving some cozy, feel-good stories. Oh, and guess what’s back in the game? Audiobooks! With my crazy work schedule, they’re a lifesaver. Looks like physical books are taking a little vacation for now. Despite the twists and turns, week 1 was a total productivity fest! Can’t wait to keep this excitement rolling and conquer my towering TBR pile. Let’s do this, 2024! 📚
What went well
- Consistent reading
- Ticked off books from TBR
- NO SLUMPS!!!
What could be improved
- Having a mix of genres
- Using audiobooks
- Mood reading
Week 1 TBR
Here’s a weekly wrap up of books I ended up reading on the first week of 2024. Two books were from my week 1 TBR and one was from my net galley arc shelf. I started everything as ebook or physical book and ended up switching to audiobook format by the end.
Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen
This was the first book I finished in 2024 and it was a book from my weekly TBR. It’s a queer historical murder mystery reminiscent of Knives Out. I loved the murder mystery and the characters especially the main detective Evander. This book also had elements of self discovery, acceptance and found family. Definitely a series I would follow and recommend!
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
This book was highly recommended by many people I follow for recommendations. It’s about a new ambassador from a small space station called Liesl who goes to the Empire and discovers that her predecessor was involved in some suspicious activities, putting her and her home in danger of being taken over. I thought it would be an exciting political thriller, but it mainly told the political aspects instead of showing them. The main character frustrated me because she didn’t take an active role in what was happening to her. The world building also wasn’t very strong. The author did well at describing feeling like an outsider and the strong desire to fit in. However, that doesn’t make up for the weak plot and characters. I wouldn’t recommend it.
The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett
This book has a special format. It follows an investigative non-fiction writer/reporter named Amanda as she covers the case of Alperton Angels, a cult. I liked the first half, which made it feel like you were part of a true crime investigation team. However, I found the ending a bit unrealistic and convoluted. Despite that, I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a murder mystery written in a unique format.
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Weekly TBR || Week 2
This week, I’m sticking to just one book. The other slots are reserved for my mood-reading whims. Top priority goes to the neglected dusty tomes on my physical bookshelf and the guilt-inducing Netgalley arcs waiting for my attention. Let’s see how long my self-control lasts!
The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez
This is definitely the book I wish to prioritise. If you want to know more about the book and how I came to pick it up check out my week 1 TBR here
That is all for the weekly wrap up. Stay tuned for more updates in the upcoming weeks!
Let’s Catch Up
How’s 2024 treating you? Finished any books in 2024? Any new favorites you wanna share? Drop a comment below and let me know!Follow Books with Anjali on WordPress.com