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.”


A Curious Beginning – Deanna Raybourn 4.75* (Sept 9)

Sometimes impulse buys work out, sometimes they don’t. In this case, beautiful cover art, enthusiastic reviews, and the price (<$1) paid off many times over.

Veronica Speedwell is a fascinating character. I love her pragmatic, scientific approach to most every scenario she encounters. From the minute the story opens at her aunt’s graveside until the minute it ends, she’s a strong character, even when she’s unlikable.

And she’s often unlikable. It’s not that I require women to be soft and gentle, but sometimes her behavior in needling her adventure-companion Stoker went too far. Being mean to him often felt unnecessary.

The setting and mystery (mysteries?) worked well together and Raybourn did a great job of providing satisfying resolutions to even the smallest of details.

I’m glad to see this book is the first in a series, though I’m not sure where the story is going next. I give this book 4.75* and hope the next installments don’t disappoint! 

Currently Reading:

Mercer Girls — Libbie Hawker (22%)

This Civil War-era novel follows a bunch of women recruited in the east to serve as “moral elevators” (but really brides) to the men of Seattle, Washington, where there are few women. At this point, I believe all of the primary POV characters have been introduced. There are 3 very different women so it will be interesting to see how they each experience the journey west and their new environment.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told — Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman (24%)

So I’m listening to an audiobook in the first time in at least a decade. I’ve struggled with audiobooks in the past but I absolutely adore podcasts of all kinds. I deliberately chose a memoir read by the author(s) because that seemed the most similar to a podcast. This book happened to be available from the library and so far, I’m mostly enjoying it. Nick and Megan are very conversational in their “reading,” and there seem to be a lot of extra asides.

Becoming — Michelle Obama (11%)

Sorry, Michelle. It’s not you, it’s me.