It’s the first weekly wrap up of 2020! This has been a very long week. I’ve had a fairly slow start to my reading this year, so I need to pick that up this week. So far I have finished two books this year (both ARCs), so let’s talk about them!
The first book I read this year is Hill Women by Cassie Chambers. This is a memoir about a woman who grew up in an extremely poor town in Appalachia. She discusses both her journey to becoming not only more educated than anyone else in her family, but a Harvard- and Yale-educated lawyer, as well as the strength of the other women in her family and how that impacted her. I really enjoyed this one. Check out my review (linked above) and definitely consider picking this up if you’re looking to read some nonfiction this year.
Then I read The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao. This was marketed as “Crazy Rich Asians as written by Gillian Flynn”. Which, obviously, caught my attention. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. I’ll post a full review tomorrow, so if you’re interested, check back then!
Now, onto what I’m currently reading! First is Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I’ve been wanting to read a Goodwin book for a long time, and I’m so glad I decided to pick up this one. It’s basically four mini-biographies of the presidents who lived through the most tumultuous times in US History: Lincoln (the Civil War), Theodore Roosevelt (WWI), Franklin Roosevelt (WWII & the Great Depression), and Lyndon B. Johnson (the Civil Rights Movement). I’ve been reading this slowly in between everything else, but I am really enjoying it (even though it makes me sad thinking about how great past presidents were).
Because I had to pick up ALL THE NONFICTION as soon as January 1 rolled over, I’m also reading Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson. Both this and Leadership were on my 2020 Reading List. This is my third Isaacson biography (I’ve read one each of the past two years), and I’m loving it. I also really love Ben Franklin (I have for years), and this book has made me love him even more. #Franklin4President2020. Seriously, though.
Finally, I decided to pick up Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. I’ll be completely honest: I knew nothing about this going in, other than it has a really cool cover and it’s a Reese Witherspoon book club pick. But so far, I am enjoying it.
That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! As always, let me know what you’re reading this week.