Somehow, we’re already a third of the way through May and one day into Tome Topple, which means I probably should be farther into a few more books, but I’m not. Which I guess is fine because I read five books this week! I have absolutely no idea how that happened.

The first book I read this week is Severance by Ling Ma. I picked this up for the Asian Readathon, and it was an interesting read. I’m still not really sure how I feel about this one, but I didn’t love it. The beginning felt a little bit along the lines of Station Eleven, which I loved, but then it got weird. I think I would have liked it more if it didn’t feel like two separate books, but it wasn’t bad. Still a three-star book.

Then I read The Marriage Game by Sara Desai. I was pretty excited about this one. The synopsis sounded a lot like The Hating Game, which I really enjoyed. But this just fell completely flat for me. The writing wasn’t great, the story was just okay, and there were a few things I actively didn’t like. Of course, I have an advanced copy to review, so that review will be up in a few weeks.

This week, I also finished the audiobook of Ten Drugs by Thomas Hager, about the history of the most popular modern drugs. This one was just okay. It was an interesting topic, but the book itself wasn’t the most engaging. I had a little trouble paying attention, and, if we’re being honest, I already don’t remember all that much of it.

Next, I read another book for the Asian Readathon: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. This is another one that started out great and then kind of lost me. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked this overall, but I didn’t love it. It just felt overly long for what it is. I was just a little disappointed.

Finally, I reread Nutshell by Ian McEwan. And I’m glad I did, because it redeemed an otherwise mediocre reading list. This is a modern retelling of Hamlet, told from the perspective of an unborn fetus, listening to his mother and uncle plot against his father. I liked it just as much as the first time I read it, and am glad I decided to pick it up again.

Now, onto my current reads! I haven’t been super motivated to read lately, especially after this pretty mediocre reading week, so I decided to pick up something that is basically guaranteed to be a quick read: a thriller. I’ve been eying The Guest List by Lucy Foley ever since it came in my Book of the Month box last month. I’m not too far into it, but it’s definitely intriguing.

Okay, that’s it for this week! Hopefully today I will watch less Schitt’s Creek and actually start my Tome Topple books.

What are you reading this week?

2 thoughts

  1. I also found that the beginning of Severance reminded me of Station Eleven and I enjoyed that part more than the ending. I think once the main character got out in the world, the lack of world building might have been a big part of what didn’t work for me.

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