Weekly Wrap Up January 27 – P.T. Barnum and Parasites

This was another really great reading week! I read a total of three books, all of which I really enjoyed. The next few days are going to really busy at work, so I’m glad I was able to get some good reading in before the craziness happens.

The first book I finished is We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, which is a really interesting racial satire. I did a full review already, so I won’t talk about it too much. It is a special book, and I think any fans of Get Out will enjoy this one. It’s out this week, so something to keep in mind if you’re interested.

Then I read The Mermaid by Christina Henry, which I’ve been meaning to pick up since it came out last year. It was such a good historical fiction novel, with a healthy helping of magic. I absolutely loved it! I liked the characters and the story, and it was just a great novel. I also reviewed The Mermaid if you’d like to find out more.

Finally, I read Plight of the Living Dead by Matt Simon. I picked this up on a whim because I wanted to read more nonfiction. I was completely unprepared to love a book about parasites as much as I did. I can’t stop talking about this. (Not joking. My coworkers hate me now. I even told my hairdresser about the zombifying wasps.) It absolutely blew me away and I still haven’t quite caught my breath. I will likely be publishing a review of this one tomorrow, so be sure to check back if you’re curious. Don’t be surprised if I read more bug books in the near future.

As for current reads, I am still working on The Essex Serpent, but I am hoping to finish it this week. Honestly, I’m a bit disappointed that I’m not loving this one. Don’t get me wrong, I like it and I think it’s a great book, but I feel like I should be enjoying it more than I am. Do you ever feel like that about books? Like, I feel like I should like this one more than the zombie insect book (see above), but it’s not quite there for me. Fingers crossed the ending picks up a bit.

I also started Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, which is a memoir about a woman’s coming of age that deals a lot with mental illness. It’s a difficult read emotionally, but I am enjoying it quite a bit so far. The writing is gorgeous! I have a feeling I’m really going to love this.

That’s it for this week! I’m hoping to finish another book or two before the end of the month, but I am more than happy with the twelve books I have managed to read so far in January.

What do you think I should add to my TBR for February?

6 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up January 27 – P.T. Barnum and Parasites

    1. Those are always the best, especially when you’re not feeling great. Lately, I’ve just been in the mood for new books, which is nice. I’m sure I’ll end up rereading some old favorites in a few months. Glad I could motivate you to try some new books!

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