This week I did something awesome: I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 100 books! That’s right, I have officially read 100 books this year, and it’s barely halfway over. And my 100th book of the year was a five-star read, which made hitting that goal all the more satisfying. But first, let’s talk about the other two books I read this week.
First up, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I liked this book a lot. It definitely made me angry, and almost made me cry, but it’s a great book. I think it addresses race issues in the US really well. And I think what makes this book great is that the characters are put in a terrible situation that really isn’t anyone’s fault. There’s not really anyone to blame, which makes this story even more heartbreaking. I would highly recommend this one!
Then I read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. And, unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting to. I have kind of a lot of thoughts on this one, so you can check out my full review if you want to read more.
Finally, my unexpected five-star read: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This is a middle grade book about a group of circus animals, told from the perspective of a gorilla named Ivan. It was perfect. It made me tear up a few times (I cannot handle animals in pain – I can’t even watch the new Jurassic World because of it). Highly recommend this one! I’m so glad I finally decided to read it.
As for current reads, I’m gearing up to participate in The Reading Rush this week – check out my TBR here! – but I am also reading Barnum: An American Life by Robert Wilson. It’s an upcoming biography of P. T. Barnum, and I was curious to read more about who he really was since he’s been portrayed (mostly inaccurately) in so many books and movies. I’ll have a review of this one up soon!
I hope you’re all having a great weekend. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments.
In case you missed last week’s wrap up, you can check it out here.