This week, I went a little bit crazy and read FIVE BOOKS. I honestly don’t understand how, but I’m super happy about it. Since I have a lot to talk about, I’ll just get into it:
The first book I finished this week is Salman Rushdie’s newest novel, The Golden House. This is basically a satire about about a certain orange pseudo politician, and is pretty much the reason I picked it up in the first place. Unfortunately, my experience with this book mirrored that of my first Rushdie book in that I just don’t love his writing. Just my personal preference. However, I did like the story. And I’ll have a full review up soon.
Then I read A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this one all that much, but it fit one of The Reading Quest challenges, so I thought I’d give it a shot. And I actually really enjoyed it! It was fun and interesting and really unexpected. I wouldn’t quite call it horror, but if you like creepy magical realism, this might be something you enjoy.
I also (finally) read Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon, and loved it! I’m a huge fan of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, and really enjoyed learning more about their lives. It’s one of the books that’s been sitting on my shelf for a long time, and I’m glad to have finally read it. I definitely think it’s a book I might return to at some point in the future.
This month I started working on my goal to read all of Shakespeare’s plays, and started with The Tempest. While it’s not my all-time favorite of his plays, I loved this one! It was so unusual and fun, and made me even more excited to read more of the bard’s more fantastical plays (I still have not read A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
I also read Hunger by Roxane Gay, and it was easily my favorite book of this week. It was emotional and brave and brilliant and I loved it so, so much! I think this is a must-read. I honestly cannot wait to revisit it. And I might binge-read the rest of Roxane Gay’s books soon. I’m obsessed.
Finally, I picked up another book from my TBR pile: Jackaby by William Ritter. I bought the first two books in this series a while ago on a whim (Book Outlet is a dangerous place), and I am so glad I finally got around to them! I really enjoyed the first book and am already halfway through the sequel, Beastly Bones.
Speaking of books I am currently reading, I also started reading These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly last night, and so far, I’m liking it. I don’t think it’s going to be a favorite, but that’s okay.
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As always, I would love to hear what you’re reading this weekend! What has been your favorite book so far this month?