This week I finished more books than expected due to a lighter work week! So after finishing 4 of the 5 ARCs I have for January by now, I decided to take the plunge and finally start Ducks, Newburyport. I’ve no idea how long this will take, but I’m hoping to be finished by the end of the month, since February I have LOTS to read and then March the WP Longlist comes out and will probably dominate my reading. I’ll alternate a little with some audiobooks, since I like having a bit of variety. ALSO I’m hoping Ducks will be part of the WP Longlist and then I’ll feel very smug about having read it by then! One can dream, at least.
This week I bought in audio:
Weekly Wrap Up
Miss Austen by Gill Hornby / Review ★★★☆☆
This historical novel follows Cassandra and her sister Jane, alternating between 1840, several years after Jane’s death, and the earlier days, as Cassandra goes through the letters her sister sent to their friend Eliza. I was at times entertained by the novel, although I think that was mostly merit of the life story of Jane and Cassandra than the writing itself. For most of it, I was actually a bit bored.
How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann / Review Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
This was quite a disappointment! I ended up giving it 1 star – and I think I haven’t done that in over a year, maybe two? I normally don’t give 1 stars because I’d rather DNF the book, but this one I realized I wanted to DNF it past the 50% mark so I just read the whole thing. I just generally disliked this sensationalized novel with badly written characters.
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman / Goodreads Ongoing
I started this and I’m really enjoying it! The narrator is funny but also there’s such anxiety in her inner monologue and it all just feels so current and relatable. I really like it.
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by
I started this to listen to while I walk or go to the gym, and it’s really interesting so far!