It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a What I’m Reading Wednesday! Since having kids, I can only count on reading sometime after 8pm – and sometimes not even then, depending on how well they’re sleeping! But I keep telling myself that I’ll have the rest of my life to read whenever I want – and they will only be babies now. But still, sometimes that desperation of wanting to read all the books sets in and I can get disappointed in how little I’ve been reading compared to pre-kids. So instead, this is to focus on what I HAVE been reading!
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a big fat book that I’m loving! I don’t want to say too much about this book, because part of its draw is sitting on the edge of my seat and wondering what’s going to happen to this kid next. I’m about 60% through it (I can say that because I’m reading in on my Kindle!), and this kid has been through the wringer. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen to him in the next 400 pages. For me, the setting in this book is wonderful. I am obsessed with the artsy scene in NYC – so visiting museums and antique shops is a dream for me, which is where the much of this book has been set. Every night, I’ve looked forward to being able to curl up on my couch with a quilt and be transported to a dusty old antique shop.
On audio, I’ve been listening to The Trespasser by Tana French. I have loved all of French’s novels so far, and this isn’t disappointing me. This is the first time that I’ve listened to any of them on audio, and the narrator has a fabulous Irish accent that brings life to her story. Antoinette is a female detective in a mostly male squad who experiences much of what you’d (sadly) expect. She certainly isn’t respected as a detective and her colleagues seem to go out of their way to foil her attempts at doing her job. She’s currently on a murder case – a young, pretty girl is found murdered with significant head injuries. Of course, they narrow in on the boyfriend as the main suspect right away. But it seems like there might be much more to the story than this. I love a good police procedural and I think that French is the best at delivering on them!
And on a slightly different note, I’ve been watching The Crown on Netflix. It focuses on Elizabeth II (the current queen) and her early years on the throne. Wow! I am loving everything about this: the set, the costumes, the actors, the writing! I’m also really interested in how the gender roles are flipped in Elizabeth and Phillip’s marriage – and how difficult that is for him given the time period. Fantastic. Fabulous. Phenomenal. And now, I want to be an expert on the entire history of the British Monarchy!
Happy Humpday Friends! I hope you are all well. We all have a cold in my house, so we’re especially rundown, but the weekend will be here soon. Take care!