Happy Monday, book friends! This week I’m back to working at the office four days (though I actually have a half day off this coming Friday, so I guess three and a half this week). It is amazing how office work and sitting at a desk all day is so much more exhausting. At least I have been enjoying some good audiobooks to help me through the days!
Speaking of audiobooks… my currently reading book is THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME by Victor Hugo and unfortunately my audio got returned to the library yesterday. Thankfully, I have this gorgeous edition (and a Notre Dame coffee mug) to help me finish it up. And even more thankfully, I only have a couple chapters left to finish for this #ClassicsBuddyRead book. Since I am so close to done, I figured I would do a mini review even though I haven’t quite finished. I don’t think Victor Hugo has any major plot twists to throw at me to drastically alter my thoughts.
This book has a lot of ulterior motives from the author. He lived at a time when Notre Dame was in great disrepair and it wasn’t receiving the attention he felt it deserved. As such, he used this book to teach about it’s history, its merit as a piece of art. It really felt like being back in an art history class back in college. While I have learned that this book was instrumental in Notre Dame being made into landmark and one that was deserving of upkeep, the lengthy lessons do take away from the plot of the book itself. This is one classic where I can absolutely see why an abridged version might be well worthwhile. All in all, it is one I am glad to have checked off my TBR, but it isn’t one I forsee revisiting and it isn’t one that I’d particularly recommend.
I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked this weekend, but I did start a few new reads:
THE SHOW GIRL by Nicola Harrison (gifted book; out from St. Martin’s Press 8/10/21) is a book I am reading as part of a Let’s Talk Books tour and I am really enjoying it. Set in 1920s New York, Olive is a fantastic singer and dancer, set on becoming a star in the Ziegfeld Follies. She’s determined to make her own way, not bowing to her parents’ wishes for her future. This is a fun read so far and I look forward to reading the rest this week.
THE OTHER ME by Sarah Zachrich Jeng (gifted book; out from Berkley Publishing 8/10/21) follows Kelly, a woman celebrating her 29th birthday when suddenly she passes through a door into another life. Where she had a been a single, struggling artist living in Chicago, she finds she is now married, living close to where she grew up. She’s working as a graphic designer, never having gone to art school. Her mind is full of memories from both timelines, but she has no idea what is going on. I have so many questions at the halfway mark and I look forward to getting answers!
Lastly, WHEN THE STARS GO DARK by Paula McLain (gifted book; out now from Ballantine) is a mystery story with a lot of depth. Anna is a missing persons detective visiting northern California where she used to live after experiencing a personal tragedy. When a teen girl goes missing, Anna finds herself drawn to the case and to the similarities to something that happened in her own grief. I have been instantly intrigued by this story! I am listening on audio and it is fantastic so far!
So, how about you? What are you currently reading?