This week I finished:
The Girl on the Train– I know I’ve heard a lot of people saying that the ending is problematic. While I can’t say I didn’t see it coming, I suppose the ending is only a real problem if you’re actually comparing it to Gone Girl. Honestly, except that there is a female protagonist, interesting depictions of marriage/relationships, and a supposed murder, I don’t think the books have anything in common. The tone is different, the characterization is a bit less arch and it was still a solid read.
The White Magic Five & Dime– Got this on a Book Riot deal and found it to be surprisingly engaging. The title lets you know this is going to be a different setting, with a hint to the occult, but the book itself is more a straightforward mystery. The characters are interesting and have creative dynamics. The protagonist isn’t warm and fuzzy, but isn’t really unlikeable (in short, like a normal person). The ending wrapped up a bit nicely and I was surprised to find out there’s a second book, though I haven’t picked it up yet.
Ancillary Sword – 2nd in the Ancillary series by Ann Leckie and still as engaging and interesting as the first. Breq has been removed (removed herself) from the system and is attempting to pay an old debt. The new system, ignorant to the political infighting Breq discovered in the first book, has its own particular problems and dilemmas. Satisfying read and I’m looking forward to the conclusion. FWIW, if you like audiobooks, these are not too lengthy and make for good listening while walking/running.
I’m nearly finished with Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? It’s been a lovely light read to help me travel this week and get my mind off things. I’ve also started the last of the Ancillary series (Mercy) so I should be done with that by next Saturday.
In semi-related news, the obssessive listening to Hamilton continues.