Welcome to Friday Reads. Each Friday, I’ll review any books I’ve completed that week, as well as share what I’m reading right now.

I’m a little behind so let’s catch up with my reading for the year so far.

Completed books:

Zen and the Art of Happiness – Chris Prentiss – 5* (Jan 3)

This year’s read is complete and I’ve read the book 7 times. I’m improving at applying the principles to many situations, but it’s still hard to see some of the big stuff (chronic illness, political disaster)  as the “best possible thing that could happen.” This book brings a sense of calm to my mind as I start the new year so I will continue to read it each January. I’ll also continue to gift it to interested friends.

Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward – 3.5* (Jan 19)

I don’t know why I didn’t like this book more. It started off with a lot of promise, alternating POVs between a young boy and his mother. Their circumstances are difficult, but showing the perspective of each gave the experiences and motivations much more meaning.

Where the book lost me was in the introduction of ghosts/visions. Without spoiling anything that isn’t in the book’s description, those visions become a major focus as the story proceeds. And they just didn’t work for me. The visions seemed to conflict with the current circumstances, stalling the emotional impact of events occurring on a road trip to pick up the boy’s white father from jail.

Currently reading:

  The Keeper of Lost ThingsRuth Hogan 

I don’t know about this one. I started it over a week ago (Jan 11) and I can’t seem to get into it. I ordered it based on the solid Goodreads rating (3.9*). Also, the gorgeous cover caught my eye. But I don’t feel as if anything is really happening. Perhaps it’s the barely-there (because I’m only 40 pages in) fantasy component that isn’t pleasing me. Regardless, I think this will be my first book on the “abandoned” list for 2018. It may be a lovely book, but it’s not for me.

??? – Having abandoned “The Keeper of Lost Things,” I guess I’m not actually reading anything currently. I’m sure that will change soon.

What are you reading?

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