Welcome to another Sunday! I hope the weekend is treating you well.
Something happened to me this week that has never happened before: I read two 5-star books back to back. I was traveling on business with two longish flights, so I came prepared. I didn’t expect my travel time to be so pleasant!
The first book was Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men (read my review). I finished this on my outbound flight and was completely swept up in this story of a Libyan boy whose father disappeared. I had to restrain myself a bit on the flight, holding back audible gasps and tears. I finished my second book, Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour, on my return flight. It was very different from the first. Where I loved Matar’s book for its plot, I marveled at the amazing writing in Good Behaviour (read my review). I couldn’t put it down!
I even had time to spare on my return flight, thank goodness I brought my kindle! Before touching down on home soil, I started Jane Austen’s short epistolary novella, Lady Susan. I finished it yesterday, and found it mildly enjoyable (3 stars). At 100 pages, this book was so short I can’t quite muster a full review. It’s one of Jane Austen’s early works, and it shows. While it fell flat for me in places, there are clear signs of the talent she would later bring to her full-length novels. It’s a good warmup to Emma, which I plan to re-read in February.
I don’t travel very often in my job, and I don’t especially enjoy it, but these two books made the experience much better!
Next up is Oryx and Crake, my last book for Orange January.
What are you reading this week?