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.”

I’ve skipped a couple of weeks because reading has been slow. No idea how I’ms till on track with my Goodreads goal but that’s not going to last for long.

Finished reading:

Wait Till Helen Comes – Mary Downing Hahn – 4* (July 1)

The first time I read this book was in school. I’m guessing it was 4th or 5th grade because I believe I was still at the elementary school. My friends and I were very into ghosts and spooky stuff around that age and this book perfectly aligned with those interests.

The area where I grew up was very rural – not unlike the setting in the book. Repurposed churches and abandoned homes (and cemeteries!) were common so it was easy to imagine every one of them infested by a Helen-like spirit. Basically, I was exceptionally skilled at scaring myself and this book was a big help.

I recently reread it because I stumbled across a movie adaptation from 2016. Maria Bello, Callum Keith Rennie, and Sophie Nélisse (from The Book Thief) are all familiar names so it looked promising. The movie was just ok – some of the liberties taken with the script added to the atmosphere while others seemed unnecessary. The movie wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t helped by the cheesy special effects.

4* to the book because the creepiness holds up, even as an adult. 3* to the movie.

16th Seduction (Women’s Murder Club)  James Patterson – 4* (July 5)

Another adventure for the Women’s Murder Club! This time, the bad guy blows up a building and confesses to Lindsey in the immediate aftermath. But after she arrests him, he denies everything. Similar to many others before, this villain thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room – and often he’s right. He continually baffles and humiliates Lindsey and her crew.

The subplot involves a random string of murders that serves mostly to distract from the main story and give Claire (the medical examiner) something to do.

I’m not exactly sure what “Seduction” has to do with this book, but I liked it better than installment 15. Much less personal drama, whereas 15 focused way too much on her husband and kid.

Currently reading:

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

No progress here. Meh.


The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah 

Recommended by a neighbor when she heard we were going to Alaska.

I’d really like to get through The Great Alone before the trip, which is soon. But the literary journal slush pile is taking so much reading time that I’m left without as much for “fun” reading.