One thing I have been doing is a new Coursera course called Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction and I'm absolutely loving it so far. For the past couple of years I've been a massive historical fiction reader (my review index makes that perfectly clear) and although my tastes have moved on to fantasy a bit more recently, it remains a favourite genre. I never studied literature past the age of eighteen (my degree is in science), so it's interesting to watch the lectures and get a different perspective on reading.
What makes the course so exciting is that there's some visiting historical fiction authors, including Geraldine Brooks, who is one of my favourite authors, ever. I can't wait to see her insights on the genre. Plus, several of the books on the reading list are on my TBR pile anyway, so the whole course is pretty much a win-win. I hope I can keep it up for the whole eight weeks.
I've been feeling a bit run down recently so I'm hoping to take things easy this week and squeeze in some relaxation time in the evenings. I have my Dad's birthday and my nephew's first birthday coming up soon, so there's lots to look forward to.
Reading wise, most of my reading time this week was sucked up by the beast that is East of Eden. It was time well spent as I think I'm well on the way to discovering a new favourite author. This weekend I've started Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I'm half way through and it is a solid five star read at the moment, it's just so clever and addictive. I can't wait to finish it :)
This week, I've been reading: