Last Friday Reads of January 2020. Finally.
I'm still finishing up a couple of books from last week's list:
Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley - I'm listening to this one on audio and I'm really enjoying it. I have to drive to Oklahoma City today, so I will probably get a big chunk of this done today, if not finish it off altogether. Our main character, Pup (horrible name), met his very best friend, Isabel, in a bereavement group at school. They both lost a brother to illness. Now they are juniors. Pup is failing art and pining after Izzy, who is committed to the biggest gym-bro idiot ever. There is some kind of plotline about Pup finding an affinity for photography, but I haven't really got too far into that bit, yet.
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett - This one I'm reading in print and also really enjoying. The main character is a teen girl and daughter of a wealthy father who hunts for archeological and historical treasures. The year is 1937 and her father has gone missing in Turkey while looking for a cursed ring that once belonged to Vlad Tepes. She goes after him in the company of the boy who was once the love of her life. Also, they are being followed by scary guys in robes and hoods. The story is fun and witty, even if some of it feels anachronistic.
The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg - I have not even started this, yet. It might be a stretch to get it done by Tuesday. We'll see. It's the book with the least priority for me, so we'll see what happens. I've heard it's good, but I've had it for almost a year, and haven't bothered, so it's clearly not that important.
The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness by Ryan J. Dowd - A little professional development going into the new year. I've read about 3 chapters of this, and I've already learned a lot about some of the people I work with. This is going to be very helpful. I try to read a chapter a day while I'm at work.
One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus - I told you, this would be my first pick after award reading is over. I'm hoping this flies by as fast as the first one did.
We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding - The summary says this is told in dual timelines. One half is told forward and the other is told looking back. That might be interesting. Either way, this is about the dissolution of a friendship between girls in their senior year of high school.
By the Book: A Reader's Guide to Life by Ramona Koval - This is my comfort reading for now. It's a book of essays about this author's reading life and all the books she's loved over the years and how they entered her life.
That's 7 books! Way more than I can read in a week. But the Librarian's Guide one will take longer than a week, since I'm only reading it at work. And the first four have to be done by Tuesday or they just get dropped. I'll start working on the last 3 after my meeting on Tuesday. It's fine. I'm fine. Everything's on fire and it's fine.