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.”

When the husband’s away, the wife will play read late into the night. As a result, I’m currently on-track with Goodreads again.

Finished reading:

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa – 5* (June 5)

This is a beautifully crafted story about a horribly violent event. This fictionalized telling of the 1999 protests in Seattle commits one of my cardinal sins of storytelling – too many POVs – but does it so compellingly that I never lost track of anyone. Even though some characters were more likable than others, I was invested in their actions and their outcomes. Yapa’s word choice makes even the most brutal, vile situations feel like reading poetry. I really enjoyed it.

Currently reading:

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

Three weeks without progress.

The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell – 13%

This book arrived just this week as part of a bi-monthly book club subscription my husband bought me for Christmas. It promises to be “deliciously creepy” and so far it seems to be delivering. It’s about a pregnant newlywed who has moved into a poorly-kept country estate owned by her recently deceased husband. The timeline is juxtaposed with the same woman in the indeterminate future, but now she’s in an asylum, suffering memory loss, and accused of arson in a fire that has left her covered in burns.

The Alaska Cruise Handbook: A Mile-by-Mile Guide  Joe Upton, Eric Wohlforth – 27%

When we mentioned to our neighbors that we’re going on our first cruise to Alaska, they raved about this book and insisted we borrow it. So far, it’s been very informative. Our specific sailing won’t include all of the ports covered here but I’m picking through it for the parts that apply.

What are you reading?