This week went by incredibly slowly, so I ended up reading quite a bit. Mostly at my desk at work because I had nothing to do. This is going to be a long wrap up, so I’ll get right into it.
The first book I read this week is The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani. This is just one of those books that kept catching my eye on social media, and when I saw it at Target, it ended up in my cart. I used to be a nanny, so I typically avoid “nanny” books because it’s just kind of a weird experience, but I made an exception. And I was a bit disappointed. I’m not sure if it’s because this wasn’t the thriller I was expecting or because my own experience made me wary of the events of this book, but it didn’t wow me. (Review will be up tomorrow.)
Then, because I was bored at work, I reread Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. I was pretty sure I’d read this in high school, but couldn’t remember too much about it, so I figured I would read it again. It’s not my favorite Shakespeare play, but I did enjoy it. The history was really interesting.
This week I finally finished Madeline Miller’s Circe. This book took me forever to read because I couldn’t help but take it slow and savor each word (and also I had to put it down for a bit because I had to read other ARCs first). Miller’s writing is pure magic. I really enjoyed this, and am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. I will have a review up in late March/early April, closer to the release date.
Then I read Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. I started this as an audiobook, fully anticipating it taking me the majority of February to finish. And then I had nothing to do at work one day, so I decided to read a few chapters on Project Gutenberg, and ended up finishing the book. I enjoyed this one, but was a bit disappointed that I didn’t like it quite as much as I was expecting. I thought this would be right up there with Pride & Prejudice, but it didn’t even make my top three Austen novels. Still, I’m glad I read it because I have now read all of Austen’s six major novels! I loved them all. Except for Emma.
I started reading Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence at the beginning of December, and I finally finished it this week. I had a few hours left of work after finishing Sense & Sensibility, so I decided to finally read the last quarter or so of this one. I know this is a pretty unpopular opinion, but I think I actually liked Ethan Frome more. The Age of Innocence wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t excited by it as much as I wanted to be. Still, it’s one of the longest-standing books on my TBR, so, if anything, I’m glad to have crossed it off my list.
This was a seriously slow week at work, because I also read Franz Kafka’s The Trial on Project Gutenberg. It took me about a day and a half to get through it. I was expecting to enjoy it because my first experience with Kafka – The Metamorphosis, which I read a few years ago – was surprisingly great. Unfortunately, I just didn’t love The Trial as much as I thought I would. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t like it as much as The Metamorphosis. (I think The Metamorphosis is a much better introduction to Kafka, so I’m glad I read that one first, and would suggest doing the same if you want to read his work.)
Currently, I am reading Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy. I’m about halfway through, but I’m not quite sure what I think of it yet, but I’m excited to see where it goes. I’m also listening to the audiobook of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four, which is the second book in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Not much to say about this yet, but I’m enjoying it. And finally, I am reading Educated by Tara Westover, a memoir about a girl who doesn’t go to school until she’s seventeen and ends up getting a PhD from Cambridge. I am really enjoying this one; it reminds me a lot of The Glass Castle. I should have a review up later this week.
I also want to quickly mention that I don’t write a full review for every single book I read (there’s just no time, especially with my current reading pace), so if you ever want to see a review of something in particular, please let me know. I wasn’t planning on reviewing The Perfect Nanny until a couple readers requested it. I’m happy to write reviews you want to read, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Happy reading!