Last week I didn’t work on Thursday and Friday, giving me plenty of extra time to finish a few books I’d been reading and start some new stuff! I ended up DNF-ing one book this week, which is not bad at all considering I picked up 7 books in total. It’s unsurprising to me that I still gravitated towards fantasy this week (it is my favorite genre after all), but hopefully I will branch out a bit in the next weeks.
Weekly Wrap Up
Joy at Work by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenhein / audiobook / 3 stars
I ended up not loving this much, but it did inspire me to organize my office and prioritize my work goals better, so I count that as a success! I’m a bit too cynical to subscribe to the concept of “joy at work” but I was curious about this book and I think Marie Kondo is a lovely person who clearly has a passion for what she does – so totally worth a read, even if I ended up being a bit lukewarm about it.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson / audiobook / 5 stars
This was wildly entertaining and probably the most fun thriller I read all year, EASILY. The other books by this author don’t have as great reviews as this one, so I’m still pondering if I’ll pick up others, but I loved how bonkers this was (and the ending! My sister and I talked about it for hours, probably). Immediately adding a paperback to my shopping cart so I can re-read it at some point.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune / paperback / 4 stars
I just started this and it’s already so adorable! I hope to love it but I’m trying to keep my expectations in check – every time people love a book I tend to overshoot my expectations and then end up disappointed. I am hoping this will be another escapist, lovely read.
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He / DNF
I knowww, this is such a hyped book (and this cover! Gorgeous!) but the writing did not work for me – which is the case for most YA books lately – and I lost interest in the mystery. I did not love the way the story started super confusing and I did not warm up to either sister.
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura, Phillip Gabriel / eARC / 3 stars
This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year, so I am a bit disappointed I did not love it, but the more I think about this book, the more I find new things to like about it. I adored the message, the found-family concept, the fairy-tale feel of the story and the twists at the end. Mostly what did not work for me was the too-direct, repetitive writing, and how it felt like this was just too long. However, this meditative, magical novel does a great job of tackling bullying, loneliness and resilience and I am very glad I picked it up.
The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey / audiobook / currently reading
I am really enjoying this book! It’s about a woman who’s been cursed a thousand years ago and turned into a mermaid, and one day she is fished by a group of men and Things Happen. It’s really a great, entrancing read so far, and the audiobook is done SO well. I haven’t read many Caribbean books but I find that the ones I read fit perfectly with voice narration – probably something to do with the Caribbean’s strong culture of oral storytelling.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers / paperback / currently reading
I just picked up this book and I’m very excited for it! Looking so much forward to another cozy read. Plus after this I can finally tackle my ARCs for the next two books in the series!