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.”
Speed-reading to meet my monthly goal (spoiler alert!).
If Cats Disappeared from the World – Genki Kawamura – 3.5* (May 27)
I feel like this book may have suffered from poor translation. What could’ve been a very touching story instead felt clunky. The characters felt abrupt and I couldn’t make myself really care about them, as much as I tried. I did like that his vocation was so perfectly chosen to bookend the story. Otherwise, it would’ve been 2 stars for me.
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories – Angela Carter – 3* (May 30)
As with most short story collections, I found this uneven. The modernizing of some stories was very effective, but the longer the story, the more the pretty language lost my attention. I probably skimmed as many as I read, and I’d say half the stories were 1-2 stars while the other half were 4-5 stars.
Odd Child Out – Gilly Macmillan – 3* (May 30)
It was just ok. Some big reveals felt too telegraphed for me to care. Some of the subplots, like DI Clemo’s sister, may pay off in the longer series, but in this book as a standalone, I really didn’t care. One storyline I did find particularly touching was the point of view of Noah, the boy at the center of the case. The way Macmillan handled the telling of his perspective alone was strong enough to make me increase my rating by an entire star. I’m not sure I’ll seek out the 3rd story in this series – I picked this one up kind of at random before realizing I had already read the first book in the series.
I’ll get back to this eventually.