This was a rough week. For various reasons, my anxiety has been a little bit out of control and it’s just been affecting everything in my life. There was even one day I didn’t even feel like playing Animal Crossing. I’m not saying this so you feel sorry for me (please don’t), just the reality for someone who struggles with anxiety and depression stuck inside during quarantine. I am a true introvert, so staying inside isn’t that much of a problem for me, but I seriously need a break from my family (one of them won’t admit she’s losing her hearing, so there is SO MUCH YELLING and I just want like one day of silence please). I think you probably guessed by now that I didn’t really read very much. But I did read something!
The first book I finished this week was The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Which, of course, wasn’t on any of my TBRs for this month. But I was feeling a little lumpy and thought maybe a thriller might help. It didn’t really make a difference, but I did enjoy it. I liked how dark this was. The setting was amazing, and I liked all the characters. I also really enjoy a thriller/mystery where the person who gets murdered truly deserves it. So, if there is such a thing as a feel-good murder-mystery, this is it.
Then I read Macbeth by Jo Nesbø. This was my first Jo Nesbø book, and I do have mixed feelings. Cop/detective novels aren’t typically something I pick up. They’re not something that really calls to me, and I haven’t found one I particularly enjoyed. And, as a detective novel, this one was no exception. However, as a Macbeth retelling, it was brilliant. I didn’t love the book as a whole (it was good, just not my thing), but I thought how Nesbø handled modernizing the original Shakespeare was brilliant.
Finally, I read The Dutch Girl by Ann Patchett. I listened to the audiobook of this one – Tom Hanks narrates, so I had to. I’m still trying to figure out how I felt about this one (I finished it like five minutes before writing this post). It kind of gave me Goldfinch vibes for some reason, but it wasn’t quite as good. There really wasn’t anything specific that I didn’t like about this book, I just had trouble connecting to the story. I was expecting to love this, but it ended up being a pretty average read. Not bad, but not that great, either. Not gonna lie, I am a little disappointed.
As for current reads, I started The Queens of Innis Lear this week. Not much to say about this one other than that I’ve liked the two chapters I’ve read so far. I will be finishing it this week, because Tome Topple ends on Friday. I also picked up On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuang, which I’m reading for the Asian Readathon this month. Again, I have some mixed feelings about what I’ve read so far. The writing is beautiful, but I’m having a hard time with the story for entirely personal reasons (I have a very strained relationship with my mother, so books about mother/child relationships can be difficult for me). But it is interesting, and I am very much enjoying the writing. So we’ll see how I feel when I finish it.
That’s it for this week! Hopefully next week is a better one (because I have A LOT of books to finish). I’d love to hear what you’re reading this week – especially if you’re also participating in Tome Topple or the Asian Readathon.