Reading Wrap-Up (August 22, 2022) #IMWAYR

Hi everyone. I’ve been doing a lot of reading over the past week, so I thought I’d share a reading wrap-up once again. As usual, I’m joining It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR). Here goes.

What I’m Currently Reading

After I finished my last book on Saturday, I was thinking of starting a memoir. After looking through Bookshare’s biography and memoir category for a bit and reading the summaries of several books, I finally settled on All My Friends Are Invisible by Jonathan Joly. This is a memoir about the author’s life growing up surrounded by imaginary friends. I’m pretty sure that, further yet, the author could be diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, but so far this term hasn’t been mentioned.

Other than that, I picked up My Heart and Other Black holes by Jasmine Warga again. I’m not sure why I even want to finish it, other than to prove to myself that I can finish a book that doesn’t deserve at least a four-star rating. It’s so predictable. Maybe I’m hoping for some intriguing plot twist, but so far at 62%, no such luck.

What I Recently Finished Reading

I finished two books in the past week. One is Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie, which I reviewed on Tuesday. The other is a winter special in the Unicorn Magic series by Daisy Meadows called Snowstar and the Big Freeze. This chapter book was the perfect antidote to the hot weather. Or something like that. I honestly don’t know why I picked it in the middle of August, but I did and it was good.

What I Think I’ll Read Next

I once again have no idea. I’m a true mood reader, so whenever I finish a book, I grab whatever strikes my fancy next. That’s how I got to pick the Jonathan Joly memoir too. I mean, I literally hadn’t heard of it minutes before I started reading it. So yeah, I might read another chapter book on magical creatures, since I have several downloaded off Bookshare. However, I may also be in the mood for another thriller. Who knows? I currently don’t.

What have you been reading recently?

8 thoughts on “Reading Wrap-Up (August 22, 2022) #IMWAYR

  1. Hi Astrid:

    I recently finished FOR LOVE ALONE by Australian author Christina Stead. I had read previously SALZBURG TALES and HOUSE OF NATIONS by this author. The ending in London did surprise me and it was satisfying.

    [and had heard of her for THE MAN WHO LOVED CHILDREN back in the beginning of January 1991 for the LITTLE AUSSIE FACT BOOK and its bibliography – it had a chapter about Australian authors of poetry; short stories; novels and children’s fiction].

    Other authors I am reading are Wiesenthal’s JUSTICE NOT VENGEANCE – I have got into some of his big cases [Eichmann and Hermine and another one].

    I read a poetry collection – QUICK, LET’S GET OUT OF HERE – by Michael Rosen – which was slightly before my vintage. Lots of wonderful and funny poems.

    I am also reading HUMPHREY CLINKER and BIGGLES IN THE BALTIC by Smollett and W. E. Johns respectively.

    Clinker is meant to be a bit autobiographical – his author wrote at the same time as Jonathan Swift.

    There were three Biggles hardbacks on the table and this is the one I picked.

    [this was a table full of books up near the front of the International Foods pavillion].

    And Elizabeth Burchill’s INNAMINCKA which is about being a Flying Doctor nurse in a part of southwestern Queensland. She also nursed in Papua and New Guinea and in other tropical regions. [this is told in other books – and her academic life in the 1970s and 1980s is filled in some – this book was republished/reissued in 1988 – I think it was originally in the 1960s].


    Astrid – good luck with MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES.

    [most of the books I have read and finished are “hors categorie” – outside the star ratings. French for star is étoile and Polish for star is gwiazda – and I needed a spelling clue for that – despite having learnt that 2 Christmases ago from Thanks a lot Adam Mickiewicz Institute – though that august organisation is not responsible for my spelling!].

    Glad you picked SNOWSTAR AND THE BIG FREEZE. The book reminds me of various characters in a mathematics game I like to play called PRODIGY.

    The Joly memoir…

    Paula – I wonder if you have found your inner Puma?

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I haven’t heard of most of the authors you mention, but the flying doctor memoir sounds really interesting. That being said, I usually read contemporary books only, so this is far outside of my comfort zone, as are the others.


      1. Glad you found an interest in the flying doctor memoir.

        Many contemporary books are as far out of my comfort zone as these historical titles may be out of yours.

        [though I do love reading about “right now” or shortly in the future].


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