This week, I took some time off from work to just relax and destress (and also because I have a lot of PTO from never taking time off). I honestly feel like I didn’t read as much as I wanted to (for reasons I will explain later). So imagine my surprise when I looked back and realized I had finished EIGHT books this week. EIGHT. This is obviously going to be a long post, so I’ll just jump right in.
The first book I finished was Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. Which I really enjoyed. I don’t read very much middle grade nowadays, but I am a big fan of this series. I was worried this one wouldn’t live up to the first book in the series (City of Ghosts), but it totally did.
Then I read My Sister, the Serial Killer. It was a quick read, but I found it a little bit disappointing. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t get any of the excitement I was expecting from a thriller. You can read my full review of My Sister, the Serial Killer if you want more info (warning, there are some spoilers, but they are marked).
Next, I finished the audiobook of Felicia Day’s Embrace Your Weird, which I really liked. It’s technically a self-help book (something I never read), but it really was just inspirational and wonderful. It’s all about being yourself and channelling your creativity. It honestly did inspire me to write more and get over some of my insecurities. Even if I listened to it in the car and couldn’t really do any of the exercises (drawing while driving seemed like a bad idea).
Then I read The Girl in Red by Christina Henry, which I loved! Huge surprise, I know, given that I love pretty much anything Christina Henry writes. Postapocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood was kind of amazing. Check out my review of The Girl in Red if you want to read more of my thoughts.
Lately, I’ve been wanting to read another play (it’s been missing from my life after I finished reading all of Shakespeare). So I went on Goodreads, scrolled down the list of plays, and just picked the first one written by a woman that I hadn’t already read. I had to scroll surprisingly far down, but I ended up reading for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. I think it would be a lot better performed live (I would definitely go see it), but it just wasn’t as effective in writing. I found the purposeful misspelling of words (as you can see in the title) kind of irritating, especially since it wouldn’t be evident at all spoken live, the medium it was meant to be consumed in. I just don’t think it was a good play for reading, but I can see how it would be awesome live.
Next, I decided to jump into a book that’s been on my TBR for ages: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. I loved this one. It’s a memoir about Doughty’s time working in a funeral home and crematory. It’s insightful and interesting (and occasionally funny). Definitely glad I finally got around to reading this one.
I loved Smoke Gets In Your Eyes so much, that I immediately jumped into another of Caitlin Doughty’s books: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death. She answers questions like “what would happen if an astronaut died in space?” in a way that is actually really educational. I really enjoyed this one, too.
And then came the book that almost landed me in a reading slump: The Whisper Man by Alex North. When I pick up thrillers, I kind of expect them to be, I don’t know, thrilling. The premise of this one was really promising. But it was just so boring. I was not excited to pick it up, nothing shocked me or had me excited to turn the next page. I felt like the big climax was pretty obvious from the synopsis. And there were just so many characters and relationships that made this unnecessarily complicated. It just wasn’t my favorite.
Onto current reads! I just started a new book by Jenny Slate, a memoir called Little Weirds, which I’m really enjoying so far. I’m hoping to finish it in time to have a review up tomorrow, but we’ll see how it goes.
Last but not least, I started my Halloween read: It by Stephen King. So far, I actually kind of love it. I forgot how great Stephen King is, and I’m glad I decided to read It as my Halloween read this year.
I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this post.
What are you all reading this weekend?