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.”

Finished:

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told — Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman—3.5* (Sept 15)

(This book was a September read but I finished it after I completed my last Friday Reads post so here’s the review)

This is the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to all the way through. It’s been at least a decade since I last tried listening to one. I deliberately chose a memoir read by the author(s) based on recommendations from friends. This book happened to be available from the library and I mostly enjoyed it. Nick and Megan are very conversational in their “reading” and it felt like eavesdropping on their private conversations. I downloaded the Kindle edition to see the photos, but otherwise, it was a good experience.


Mercer Girls — Libbie Hawker3.5* (Sept 29)

(This book was a September read but I finished it after I completed my last Friday Reads post so here’s the review)

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. Three very individual POVs are used to highlight a variety of issues women faced during this time. 

I enjoyed the story of early Seattle quite a bit until the final half of the book became all about the women’s suffrage movement. I understand that the work toward voting rights for women was a major factor in the environment, but I felt like it really overshadowed the women’s stories.


Currently Reading:

A Perilous Undertaking
(Veronica Speedwell #2)—
Deanna Raybourn (39%)

Book 2 in a series I started last month. So far, so good. I find the premise a bit far-fetched, but once you accept that the characters have somehow ended up in this situation, it’s fun to watch them investigate.

25 Icelandic Ghost Stories – Jón R. Hjálmarsson (26%)

I picked this book up as a souvenir in Iceland. To be honest, it’s not amazing so far. But maybe the better stories are near the end.

Becoming — Michelle Obama (11%)

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

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