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. And by “Each Friday,” I mean “some Fridays.”

Last week, I skipped my Friday Reads. And as I sit to write this one, I realize today is June 1st so I should be doing my May wrap-up. Look for that Monday.

Finished reading:

Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple – 3* (May 24)

I wanted so much to love this book after adoring “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” but the characters just never clicked for me. While I appreciate complicated characters, Eleanor felt contradictory and flighty to me. I could never get a real grasp of what motivated her or how she was making choices from one scene to the next.

The book interspersed humor with more serious threads, but the tone felt uneven. The story with her sister felt like it was another book altogether. And the ending with her husband’s secret? Where in the world did that come from?

Semple’s writing is quick and witty but the pieces never fit together for me in this one.

Apartment Therapy: Complete and Happy Home (Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Janel Laban) – 4* (May 24)

I follow the Apartment Therapy website so most of the ideas here weren’t new. It’s nice to have a basic decorating guide available all in one place. There are some tips and a lot of gorgeous photos of strangers’ homes. Some sections don’t apply to me – kid’s rooms, outdoor spaces – but it was still good to glance through.

Abandoned:

Caleb’s Crossing Geraldine Brooks

I’m trying to work through the massive number of books on my physical TBR. This one has been on the shelf for almost 3 years. I gave it a few pages and it wasn’t gripping me so I opted to move on to something else. (I really enjoyed two of Brooks’ other books: “People of the Book” and “Year of Wonders.” I couldn’t get into “March” either.)

Currently reading:

Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories – Boris Vian – 29%

I just realized I haven’t made any progress on this in the past two weeks. Oops.

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa – 5%

I had the pleasure of sitting in on two panels featuring Yapa at the AWP ’17 conference in DC. A friend who attended with me bought his book and raved about it, eventually sending it to me and insisting that I read it. I’ve barely started, but the writing is beautiful, even when describing circumstances that are ugly. I’m hooked on this one – I don’t even really care if I like the story as long as I keep reading these lovely words.

What are you reading?

 

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