April 7, 2023

Friday Reads 4/7/2023

Here we are again at Friday. It's actually my Thursday, but Saturdays are so low maintenance at work that it's not even like work except for the getting out of bed and driving across the county.

My plans for the weekend are thus: Saturday night, I will try to get some chores done to make Sunday easier. Sunday, we go to have Easter dinner with my family. Then I will finish the chores and hopefully get some reading done. Monday, I plan to go into bridge troll mode and sit on the couch with my books.

Now for the part where I tell you which books.


The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to Isis by Robert Spencer - Mark Twain said, "If you have to eat a frog every day do it first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." So I'm getting this book out of the way first. I hate that I am reading this. I refuse to put it on Goodreads because I don't want anyone to know I'm reading it. I have to read it because someone has requested that it be reconsidered for placement in our collection. It is currently in our collection, but someone would like it removed. Robert Spencer is a right-wing Islamophobe and honestly pretty scary. I'm making myself read a chapter a day. I have 7 chapters left.  

Midlife Bites

Midlife Bites: Anyone Else Falling Apart, Or Is It Just Me? by Jen Mann - I needed to start a book recently, but I wasn't really feeling fiction, so I grabbed this one. It's very short, and it is sort of a memoir about a woman going through a midlife crisis and being frustrated because men just buy a sports car ('62 Corvette convertible in my dad's case) and nobody bats an eye, but women are supposed to power through it with nary a complaint. I took this with me to my mammogram last week. The receptionist asked what I was reading and when I told her the title, she burst out laughing. She's about my age. Highly relatable.


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas - Hey Hey! Guess what! I'm over 3/4 of the way through this one. With just a couple of power reading sessions, I could finish it. The end is in sight! Rest assured that if I wasn't enjoying it, I would definitely dump it, but I am enjoying it. I can't take it anywhere because it is an 800 page hardcover. It doesn't travel very well. So, I have to find reading time when I can sit on the couch for a hot minute and fall into it.

Book Lovers

Book Lovers by Emily Henry - When I finish Midlife Bites, I will probably pick this one up. I am feeling like a light, fluffy, romance about people who love books.

Good Time

Nothin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock - When I finally close up House of Earth and Blood, I will grab this honker. I mean, it's only 535 pages, so it's shorter, but it has pictures so it's still a brick of a book. And my copy is hardcover, so it weighs a ton. This will be my "just for home" book.

I feel better now. I've got a plan for my reading for the next week-ish.

What are you reading now?