I really need to stop procrastinating writing my weekly wrap ups. Because it has been a very long week, and I’d really like to go to bed soon. But, I’m writing this first, so here we are. I’ll just get right to the books so I can sleep. This week, I ended up finishing four books, and they were kind of a mixed bag.
The first book I finished this week was The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates, which I loved. It’s all about how the different ways of empowering women makes the world as a whole a better place. It was especially relevant this week because – newsflash – women shouldn’t have to carry or raise children they don’t want to. Because guess who else suffers? The children. I loved this book so much, and I highly recommend it. She does a brilliant job of illustrating how we should be thinking about women’s issues more empathetically. If you’re interested, you can check out my review of The Moment of Lift. And then go read it.
I went from a five-star read to a one-star read with: The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne. I did a full review of The Adulterants, so I’ll just talk about this briefly. Basically, it’s a character-driven novel with absolutely horrible characters. I mean, they weren’t murderers or anything, but I genuinely hated them all. They’re self-centered assholes and it still makes me angry.
Because this week was kind of a rollercoaster, I then jumped into another five-star book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t super in love with this book in the beginning. But it definitely grew on me, and I ended up really loving it. I won’t go too much into this one, because I’ll likely have a review up for it tomorrow (make sure to come back and check it out!). But it’s a brilliant book.
Finally, after over a month, I finished The Psychopath Inside by James Fallon. I was pretty into the beginning of this book because I find the psychology behind psychopathy fascinating. But the author kind of got on my nerves. He fully admits to being a narcissist, and I don’t think that made for a compelling point of view. It was interesting, but not a favorite.
Now, onto the current reads! I actually have quite a few, but I’m just going to talk about the two I’m focusing on most at the moment. The first is The Fellowship of the Ring, which I started almost immediately after going to see Tolkien (which is a great movie). I kind of sort of read The Lord of the Rings when I was twelve, but it barely counts. So I’m giving them another shot, and I’m really enjoying this so far.
I’m also reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I wasn’t expecting too much from this, but I was hooked almost instantly. This isn’t a short book, but I could definitely finish it in a few days (if my week wasn’t so busy).
That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! I’m going to see The Total Forking Shirt Show later today in LA (it’s a comedy show for charity with the cast of The Good Place) and I am VERY excited.
As always, I’d love to hear what all of you are reading, so let me know in the comments!