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.”

Still a book behind – will I ever catch up?

Finished reading:

Frenchman’s Creek Daphne du Maurier – 3* (Sept. 5)

Disappointing, considering this is my 4th du Maurier novel and her “Rebecca” is among my top 5 favorite novels of all time.

I just couldn’t get behind any of the characters in this book. Our protagonist, Dona, was spoiled and selfish. The entire backstory is never really explained except from her perspective, but it essentially seems she was bored in the city, played a juvenile prank, and then decided her husband was dull so she took the kids to their country estate. She then abandons the children to the care of the nanny while she goes off on more adventures with a pirate (no, really, a swash-buckling treasure-stealing pirate). And his biggest redeeming qualities seem to be that he isn’t her husband and doesn’t wear one of the wigs so in fashion at this time.

I love a story with flawed characters, but I need to understand their motivation beyond being bored in life. Aren’t we all?

Up Next:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

This book was a big deal back in 2013. I’m fashionably late to the party so I put it in my library queue a few weeks ago. It’s now available, so I guess it’s up next. Good timing as I’m not someone who likes to juggle multiple books of the same genre for simultaneous reading and I have some fiction to beta-read.