I hit four books this week! Woo hoo! I feel like I’m finally back at my normal pace after a month-long slump, so I’m pretty happy.
The first book I finished this week is Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. I had previously read Malerman’s A House at the Bottom of a Lake and really enjoyed it, so was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it was kind of a miss for me. The pacing was super slow and I didn’t really like most of the fantasy elements. I still gave it three stars, though – the story was interesting and original, and I did like the characters (for the most part).
Then I finished the audiobook of Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, which was surprisingly great! I had a lot of fun with this one. Not only did it make me laugh out loud (a lot), it made me feel better about a lot of things in my own life. Her chapter on introverts was spot-on, and the chapter about gun violence nearly brought me to tears. This wasn’t just a funny memoir, it went deep, and I loved it.
This week, I also read Heather Chisvin’s debut novel, A Fist Around the Heart. Really enjoyed this one! It’s a solid historical fiction novel about two sisters who come to North America after the start of the Russian Revolution. I loved the story and the characters. My full review will be up tomorrow if you’re interested.
Finally, I read S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett. You guys, this book was B.A.D. I was kind of hoping for If We Were Villains with a younger cast, but this was so predictable and cheesy I just couldn’t handle it. (Example: “Reader, I’d started going out with him.”) I skimmed most of it, hoping for a twist that never came. The writing wasn’t
great good, and the movie references in every other paragraph were one of the most obnoxious things I’ve encountered in a novel (I was physically cringing by the halfway point). Sure, most people are familiar with Bambi and Star Wars. But Brideshead Revisited? The Shooting Party? The Color of Money? The Admirable Crichton? The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes? (I can keep going…) Really? Let’s not forget this is a book written for young adults. Which is possibly also why I didn’t like this – I am not a fan of teenagers acting like adults. Particularly when the few adults treat them like peers (or worse, superiors). Ugh. Nope. Okay, I’m done.
As for current reads, the only thing I have going at the moment is Middlemarch, which I am still making my way through. It’s just a slow process, but I’ll get there. I am planning on starting From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris either today or tomorrow. And maybe a new audiobook? I’m not sure yet.
I hope you are all having a great weekend! What are you reading this week?