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?