I am definitely starting to feel the end-of-the-year reading pressure. There are still so many books I want to get to, and I’ve been too busy to read as much as I want to. Still, I managed to finish three books this week, and make pretty good progress in a fourth.
The first book I finished this week was Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. I really enjoyed this one! It was a fantastic memoir that made me laugh out loud (many times) and made me think more deeply about the world around me (mostly just trees, but still). I had a lot of fun reading this book, and highly recommend it.
Then I finished Smoke by Dan Vyleta. I wrote a full review of this one, but the short version is that I thought the premise of this book was really interesting and enjoyed the first quarter or so of the book, but it slowed down too much for me. I didn’t dislike it, but I thought it could have been much better.
Finally, I finished The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, which I’d been meaning to read for a while. I liked it, but I didn’t think it was amazing. The story was definitely young adult, but the writing felt like middle grade. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it just wasn’t as mature as I wanted it to be. I still think I’m going to continue with the series (because I own the first three books), but it wasn’t a favorite.
This week, I also started listening to the audiobook of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, read by Stephen Fry. I read this back in high school and loved it, so a reread was definitely overdue. So far, I’m really enjoying it.
I also started reading Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, which is really weird and wonderful. I’m about halfway through it, and I’m honestly not quite sure what to think of it, but I can’t wait to see where it goes.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. What are you currently reading?