April 14, 2023

Friday Reads 4/14/2023

I have spent the majority of this week being repeatedly suprised by what day of the week it is. My calendar says today is Friday, therefore it is time for a Friday Reads.


The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to Isis by Robert Spencer - I am determined to finish this piece of trash and get it out of my face. It keeps taking up precious reading time from books I actually want to read. Ugh! I'm a little over half way through it. If I just make my eyeballs go over the words, I can get it done. If I take in the words, I have to stop to roll my eyes and that wastes time.

Good Time

Nothin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock - This I'm enjoying. It's written in the form of an interview so the pages turn really quickly. And it's about bands I know and the interviews are with people I've heard of. I'm still only a third of the way through, but it's a long book.

Book Lovers

Book Lovers by Emily Henry - I managed to squeak in the first chapter of this and I am definitely looking forward to it. You know all those Hallmark movies about the high powered executive guy in the big city who is dating the high powered executive woman in the big city, but then he goes to a small town to do some thing and falls in love with the goofy, quirky, vet/baker/florist and leaves the big city and the high powered woman to move to the small town? Nora is the girl that gets left. It's happened 4 times now. This is her love story.

I feel like once I get the stupid Jihad book out of the way, I'll have time for more reading. I think I'm going to try this. 1 large book for reading at home, mostly on weekends. 1 library book, so I can pare down my books. And one book from my 50 by 50 list, or whatever I need to read from my TBR.

So assuming I will still be reading Nothin' But a Good Time for the entirety of this week, I'll add:


Perestroika In Paris by Jane Smiley - This will be my next library read because I've had it the longest. It's not very long and promises to be a pretty light read. This seems like a good idea after the slog that is the Jihad book.

Book Girl

Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life by Sarah Clarkson - If I get through Book Lovers, this will be my next book from my TBR because it is also on my 50 by 50 list.

I'm really excited about getting to read these books that I actually want to read instead of assigned books that I abhor.