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.”
She’s Not There – PJ Parrish – 2.5* (Aug 2)
Entertaining but not life-changing. The mystery was interesting but nothing felt very original. Buchanon was a great character among a cast of many who weren’t particularly compelling. I enjoyed reading it, but it’s not a complicated narrative.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4.5* (Aug 7)
It’s been quite some time since I enjoyed a book this thoroughly. Evelyn Hugo is an amazing, rich character. She’s a complicated woman and she’s very frank about who she is and the things she has done. Yet her candid transparency lends itself well to explaining what drives her to make some of her decisions.
I particularly enjoyed the way news articles were included to show the public perception of Evelyn’s actions, proving just how well she had manipulated various scenarios.
I found Monique to be slightly less present as a character. Even though she was dealing with her own personal and career issues, I wasn’t as sold on her development.
Overall, a riveting and bittersweet read full of Hollywood scandal and troubled relationships.
This month’s anthology. It’s a book of essays about mental health, which I’ve always found fascinating and currently find more relevant than ever.
I swear I haven’t forgotten you, Michelle!