The week in review

Things have gotten away from me blog-wise lately and I plan to be more disciplined about it once we’re back in a routine this fall. I do wish we could have 11 months of summer though.

bai wine glass
They will remember this as the summer we sat around drinking bai from wine glasses.

I’m so glad my friend recommended Elmet. I don’t think it ever would have shown up on my radar but it was a gem. Very spare and stark writing, and you know it’s building up to something explosive. It did not disappoint. I can’t believe this is a first novel. Thanks for the rec, Robin!

The Ensemble has a lot of buzz this summer, and I can see why, but for me it didn’t quite live up to the hype. I was absorbed in each character’s story, but we saw so little of them all interacting with each other. I wanted more of their connection. One thing I found so interesting was the physical toll their careers took on them, especially how Henry practically destroyed his arm, but that storyline kind of fizzled out. This one was a near miss for me but I’m interested in what she does next.

Baby Teeth was all over the place for me. I can see it as a love it or hate it, but I was sort of in the middle. I love a campy bad seed story, but I felt the writing was weak, and the author couldn’t seem to decide what tone she was going for. Was it camp horror or a thoughtful allegory on motherhood? I wish she had committed to full camp, because when she did veer into that territory it was the most entertaining. I thought the ending was pretty terrible, although I can see what she was trying to do there, but it was not well executed. The more I think about this book the more I want to rewrite it. It had so much potential!

I don’t remember how Pretend I’m Dead got on my list, but this is a real authors’ favorite and I can see why. Very dark humor and does not care about how likable its characters are. Hilarious and bleak and gross all at once. I thought I would love this a little more than I did, and I felt like it ended just as it was getting good, but still this was very very me and I want to be friends with the author. Super fun bonus for me that their was a character called Mr Disgusting because that’s what I used to call Rich when we first moved in together.

I’m now halfway through Then She Was Gone. This one is pretty hard to put down. I almost always love Lisa Jewell, and I’m very impressed that she can make me care about yet another missing girl thriller. I’m not exactly sure where it’s going; I’m almost certain that it’s going to end up very far fetched, but the writing is so good, I’m willing to suspend disbelief. I read 100 pages of it at the beach yesterday so you have my personal guarantee that this is a good beach book. Hoping the second half holds up!