It’s my first weekly wrap up of April, and it’s going to be a good one because I finished SEVEN books this week. That’s right, seven. It was a slow week at work. But this is going to be a very long wrap up, and (per usual) I’m starting this at 10pm, so let’s just get right into the books!
The first book I read this week is Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. This was a pretty good thriller, not amazing, but I did enjoy it. I already reviewed this one, so you can go check out my review if you’re interested.
Then, because I was bored at work and Project Gutenberg is a lifesaver, I decided to reread The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. This is one of my favorite examples of early sci-fi, and I loved it just as much as I did back in college. It’s a classic (and it does edge out War of the Worlds in my book).
Since I’m planning on finishing my last two Shakespeare plays this month, I thought it was a good time to read Botanical Shakespeare by Gerit Quealy. This was a cool book, but not what I was expecting. It’s basically Shakespeare quotes about different plants, accompanied by (beautiful) illustrations of said plants. Interesting, but I just wanted more info about the plants.
This week, I finally finished The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I was expecting it to be a five-star read, but I need up giving it four (though it’s more like 3.5). It was good, I just didn’t love it.
Then I read The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian. My review for this one is going up tomorrow, and I don’t want to go off on a rant, so I’ll keep it short. I did not like this book. At all. There is just so much wrong with it. If you want to see why I only gave it one star, be sure to check back tomorrow for my review.
Because I was extra bored at work today (fine, I just didn’t feel like doing that much work), so I figured out how to download the Kindle app on my work computer. And, instead of reading something new, I decided to reread another classic: George Orwell’s Animal Farm. This is a classic for a reason, and I’m so glad I revisited this one, because it’s been about fifteen years since I first read it. I loved it.
Finally, I finished the audiobook of Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. This is an absolutely fascinating account of the whole Theranos scandal (if you haven’t heard of it, Google it). If you’re looking for a book about batshit crazy (nonviolent) true crime, this is it.
As for current reads, I just have one (at the moment): Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. I’m about halfway through this one, and I’m really enjoying it so far. Mostly, I just can’t believe it’s taken me over a decade to attempt this one.
I hope you’re all having a great weekend! What are you reading?