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.”

So I skipped last week because life was crazy and I didn’t do much reading. This week, the husband has been away again so I’ve been enjoying the quiet time. In fact, I’m a book ahead of my Goodreads goal at the moment!

Finished reading:

The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell – 5* (June 19)

I’ve never been so afraid of cardboard cutouts…

This book was chilling. It’s set in the 1600s and 1800s and tells the stories of two sets of residents in a large country estate. It’s dark and creepy, full of literary jumpscares and things that go bump in the night. I had sort of guessed the ending at one point, but I didn’t feel strongly about it and enjoyed seeing how it came about.

I was so engrossed in this book that as soon as I finished it, I went online and pre-ordered the author’s next release, which will be out just in time for Halloween.

The Alaska Cruise Handbook: A Mile-by-Mile Guide  Joe Upton, Eric Wohlforth – 4* (June 20)

I read 182 pages because that’s what was relevant to our upcoming cruise. This book has a lot of unfinished guidebooks don’t because it’s written by a guy who has fished the Alaskan coast for decades.

Currently reading:

Blues for a Black Cat and Other Stories – Boris Vian – 48%

I finally made some more progress with this book. I haven’t enjoyed the past few stories so it’s been hard to keep with it.

I need to choose my next book, though I’m still working on another Alaska guidebook. Also, my book-reading time has taken a hit because I’ve recently started volunteering with a literary journal. What are you reading?