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