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.”
Medallion Status—John Hodgman—4.75* (Nov 6)
I love John Hodgman’s podcast, so listening to the audiobook of his latest book was a treat. He’s consistently warm, funny, and insightful. Add in a focus on airline miles and corgis? Perfection.
Hotel Silence—Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir—3* (Nov 7)
I picked this book up while on vacation in Iceland. It was the cover and title that caught my eye, but it had also won awards and sounded interesting.
Iceland is a fascinating country. Despite being quite dark there for half the year, residents are generally positive. However, this story is about a man who has decided to end his life. He decides fairly soon that he should do this abroad so his daughter won’t find his body. After traveling, he finds himself in a very different situation.
I find the setup of “person decides to commit suicide” a tough read for a couple of reasons. First, it tends to be very depressing. Second, it often follows a predictable path of that person finding value and deciding life is worth living.
The second half of this book was much more interesting than the first. The ending felt rushed and somewhat incomplete, but the finish was better than the start.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer—Michelle McNamara 50%
Another audiobook! It’s a total 180-turn from the last audiobook I listened to (John Hodgman’s Medallion Status) but I love true crime.
This book is the third in the Veronica Speedwell series I discovered earlier this year. I’m enjoying another adventure set in Victorian England.