It’s been another week, which means it’s time for another weekly wrap up! This week was actually kind of a great reading week. I finished three books, one of which was on my 2020 Reading List, and two of which were five-star reads!
The first book I finished this week was a big one: Benjamin Franklin: His Life and Times by Walter Isaacson. I’ve been a fan of Ben Franklin for years. (I still remember shocking my American history professor when he asked if anyone knew what day it was and I raised my hand and said it was Benjamin Franklin’s birthday – yeah, I’m that much of a history nerd, if you weren’t already aware. And his birthday was just a few days ago, on January 17th, in case you were curious.) This is my third Walter Isaacson biography – I’ve now read one every year three years in a row – and I loved it just as much as the other two. He’s such a good biographer – he includes so much information without dumping too much on you and he makes the narrative entertaining. Definitely a favorite!
Then I read Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, which I picked up on a whim and ended up really loving. This is such a brilliant commentary on race, but it’s also a great contemporary novel that I could not put down. Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks are pretty hit-or-miss for me (I either love them or think they’re just “meh”), but this one is definitely a hit.
Finally, I read Things in Jars by Jess Kidd. Which I was really looking forward to (I actually had an ARC of this one). Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. I’ll discuss more in my review (up tomorrow), but this just wasn’t for me. So far, two out of the three books I’ve reviewed this year are two-star reads. Womp womp.
As for current reads, I am currently in the middle of – and completely obsessed with – the audiobook of Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. This book is so good! It’s hard to read (it’s about Farrow’s investigation and exposé of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. But I absolutely love his writing style and his narration is great. Highly recommend the audiobook of this one – they include clips relevant to the investigation.
That’s it for this week! I hope you’re having a great weekend!
What are you reading this week?