This week, I had quite a few technical difficulties with the blog, but we should be back on track for this week! (Keep your fingers crossed.) But despite the tech issues, I was still able to have a pretty great reading week! I managed to finish four books, including my first two-star read of the year and my first five-star read of the year.
I’ll get the (somewhat) boring books out of the way first. This week, I knocked two Shakespeare plays off my list: The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Two Noble Kinsmen. I’ll be honest: most of the comedies are starting to blend together at this point. There are a lot of love triangles and cross-dressing and people (mostly women) being tricked into marriage. These two were no exception. However, I did enjoy them more than most of the others. I just thought the characters were a bit better, and I felt more invested in the story than I had for, say, Measure for Measure. Both were four-star reads for me (more like three and a half stars, but I rounded up).
This week I also read Talent by Juliet Lapidos, which was not a favorite. I was interested in this one because it’s about an English grad student, but I really disliked the writing. I’ve found that I generally don’t like books written by MFA grads (this is coming from someone with a master’s in English, too), because they just try too hard. There is something to be said for simpler writing, and sometimes people with a lot of training in writing end up with prose that feels pretentious or forced. You can read more in my review if you’re interested.
Finally, I read The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee, which I loved! Both books in this series are amazing! For some reason, I didn’t have terribly high hopes for this book, but I’m glad to have been proved wrong. I really enjoyed the characters and the story and the writing. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a YA book this much since I read the first book in the series. Five stars.
As for the books I’m currently reading, I’m still working on The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I’m about halfway through this book, and am definitely starting to enjoy it. I was expecting to love it, so I’m glad I’m finally getting more into the story. I’m also reading The Mermaid by Christina Henry, which is absolutely beautiful. I’m taking my time to savor the story, because I already love it.
But those two books got temporarily put on hold for another day because I have another January ARC I need to finish: We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. So far, I’m actually enjoying this one quite a bit! It has very strong Get Out vibes, which is really interesting. So far, my impression is that this is a fantastic debut. I’m hoping to finish it today so that I can review it for you tomorrow, but I’ll definitely have a review up sometime this week.
That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. What book are you currently reading?