Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey — A solid start to a fun and fast-paced space opera. I enjoyed reading it about the same amount as watching S1 of “The Expanse” but for different reasons.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor — The central premise of the book is that success stems from happiness, not the other way around, and I appreciated reading some familiar concepts with this lens.
Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman — This memoir of a close friendship took me a while to get through, despite being an engaging and enthralling read. I sat with some of the moments for a long time. Recommended, especially for those of us in interracial big friendships!
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction by Mona Awad — After reading Bunny, I had to have more of Mona Awad’s writing.
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters — I picked this up on a whim after my mom mentioned the slow pace, because I wanted a calm and quiet read. The setting is extremely well-researched and well-written, especially the fate of grand estates in post-war Britain, but I wasn’t much interested in the plot or characters.
Pew by Catherine Lacey — I’m still confused about this book, months later. I think I enjoyed it?
Luster by Raven Leilani — When my hold on “Luster” appeared yesterday morning, I almost put it off, but I’m glad that I didn’t because I devoured it in just two sittings! I enjoyed falling into the twentysomething malaise of Edie, the protagonist, although I hated everyone around her as they consistently wallpapered over her personality with their own needs and desires. But that was intentional, of course, because the author is a magnificent writer. The prose was surprising and beautiful and so, so funny, although not in the ways I expected. I could say more about how deft a treatment of racism and classism this was, but I want you to read it already.
The Fortress by S.A. Jones — DNF at 11%. The premise was intriguing, but the execution was poor. I think the author wanted to make a statement about how women are treated in a misogynist world, but simply flipping the gender roles left out any nuance about gendered socialization and power.
Watch this space! I’m still transferring things over.