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 3 books behind. At least it hasn’t gotten worse?


What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty – 4* (Oct. 13)

Alice bumps her head and forgets the last ten years, including everything leading up to the separation from her husband and the births of her three children.

It’s an interesting concept, following a woman who has clearly hardened in the preceding decade. Sometimes we all feel we don’t know ourselves very well but in Alice’s case, she couldn’t fathom this new person she had become or how it had happened.

I almost donated this book a dozen times, but I’m glad I finally read it.

The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin – 5* (Oct. 18)

I’ve reread this one a few times, but this year as part of the Says Who Podcast Book Club. It was suggested by the hosts as a good distraction from politics, but I had forgotten about all the Uncle Sam and Fourth of July references in the book.

Still, it holds up for me and I enjoyed reading it again. It was great for October – a fun mystery with a lot of interesting characters and their relationships with each other.

So far, it’s my only Poe-tober book.

Also, 10 Coffin Bell submissions.

Current/Up Next: (I’ve chosen my next two books but haven’t started either yet)

Bad Dreams and Other Stories – Tessa Hadley

This book is a collection of short stories. Both NPR and The New York Times loved it last year, so I have high hopes.

The Trial – Franz Kafka

I bought this in Prague last year. I’ve never read anything by Kafka before but it’s supposed to be a legal thriller so we’ll see!

Poe-tober Check-in:

After finishing The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix yesterday, I needed a brief break from things that go bump in the night. I’ve also finished season 1 of The Black Tapes podcast.