The week in review

I meant to do this a lot earlier today, but I snuck out to see Blade Runner instead. #noregrets

We Only Know So Much was a good, not great, light read. I have a feeling this is going to be a reliable go-to author for me. Her writing is very good, and her characters are funny and memorable. I’m always interested in books that use first person plural narration, and it’s done pretty well here. The story isn’t all that exceptional- dysfunctional suburban family- but it’s a solid recommend.

Next up was Sing, Unburied, Sing. I’d been meaning to get to this for a while, and it lives up to the hype, for the most part. It kind of feels like a really long short story, in the sense that it’s very linear and most of it happens over a short period of time. I like when books change narrators from chapter to chapter, but here I was definitely more interested in the Leonie chapters than any others. Still, the whole book was very compelling and I don’t know how this is the first time I’m reading her, but I’ll dig in to her others when I have the chance.

I went in a very different direction from that one and picked up The Dud Avocado. I loved this! My beloved sister-in-law recommended this one ages ago and I’m so glad I finally got around to it. This is an American girl in Paris in the 1950’s story, very very funny and charming. I wish Elaine Dundy had written a million more books, but I’ll just have to read this one again someday.

I had a lot of books to choose from next, and regrettably I settled on Sourdough. I’m almost done, and while I’m trying to keep an open mind, I have to say, I am hating it. I don’t like the writing, and the main character has no personality, and the story is about someone learning to bake bread and is as boring as that sounds. It’s also very annoying that the author is a man and the main character is a woman who leaves her tech career to go make bread; yes, it’s exhausting seeing everything through gender lenses, but nevertheless, I persist in noting that this is a story written by a man about a woman leaving tech to go bake. I am really curious why he didn’t make his main character a man. Could have been much more interesting, not that he asked me!

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