Reading Round-up and The CC Spin Result

Hello friends, I hope you’ve had a good week! It’s time to do a little catching up and finally tell you what my Classics Club Spin result was.

Recently Finished Reading:

Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin.

5519730This is the third book in the Inspector Rebus series. In this one the Inspector gets called down to London (from his home base of Edinburgh) to assist on a serial killer case, chasing a suspect nicknamed “The Wolfman.” There’s a lot about the psychology of serial killers here, and I liked how open-ended the case was right until the very end. Rankin highlights the tension between the English detectives and our Scottish protagonist. He’s not exactly welcomed with open arms. There’s a subplot about Rebus’s family, his daughter and ex-wife who live in London, and how he’s not exactly been the most present father. And another cringe-worthy romantic relationship – my least favorite element of these books so far. Rebus is kind of a screw-up in that area. I am not sure that I really like John Rebus, but he’s interesting and funny and complex and I like reading *about* him. And I’m a softie for a maverick detective. I eagerly anticipate getting to read the next installment.

Currently Reading:

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-up by John Carreyrou.

37976541I’m listening to the audio book of this from my library, and it’s BANANAS. I can’t even begin to comprehend the amount of money poured into this half-assed, shady, unethical operation. The hubris, megalomania, and privilege of Theranos’s founder, Elizabeth Holmes is mind-boggling. It’s a highly entertaining and eye-opening read. I’m ignoring my usual podcasts in favor of this book. I definitely recommend it. The narrator is nothing special, but the book is just so… wow. One heck of a story here. I’m about half way through.

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown.

43253544I’m OBSESSED with Netflix’s Queer Eye and all the guys. They are just the most joyful and kind-hearted people and their show makes me happy. So of course I’m going to read any memoir that one of them writes. (And I do like to read celebrity autobiographies.) Karamo is laying it all out there. I’m halfway through this and he’s just discussed his addiction to cocaine that nearly killed him, an interesting take on colorism and gender, and his love for his church and how he won’t let anyone cherry-pick Bible verses to denigrate who he is. He comes across just as confidently as he does on the show, and I like how he is baring all of his past mistakes honestly. I recommend this if you’re a fan of the show.

CC Spin Result:

The number chosen in Monday’s spin was 19, which means I’ll be reading Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. I’m really excited to finally read this and I own a copy already which is nice. Here is the Goodreads blurb:51MDxGgSUmL

The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh’s novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second World War. It tells the story of Charles Ryder’s infatuation with the Marchmains and the rapidly-disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognize only his spiritual and social distance from them.

Have you read this?

What have you recently finished?


18 thoughts on “Reading Round-up and The CC Spin Result

  1. I’ve watched a few episodes of the new Queer Eye, and while I do enjoy it, I find Jonathan just grating. Before he even says “Hi, how are you” to a new person, he’s yelling “yas, queen!” I’m happy that he’s enthusiastic, but his method of failing to get to know anyone even a little bit before cheerleading them always brings me down, because it feels inauthentic — because he has the same exact comments for everyone (it seems like). I understand that I am likely 100% wrong, and maybe he even meets the people he’s working with before the Fab Five arrive at the house, but I’m also that weirdo who won’t ask you how you are unless I actually really want to know.

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      1. I also love Jonathan’s instagram stories with his cats (gush). I don’t watch all the episodes but I know what you mean about how positive they are-it’s like the world just needs more people like this! Apparently Tan has a book too…that’s crazy that Karamo used to be into drugs!!! Didn’t see that coming…

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  2. I remember embarrassingly little about Brideshead Revisited. I know that I read it, but it’s all a blank in my memory. My favorite thing about it, really, is that there’s a Tom Stoppard play in which the academic meets a posh lad and describes him as “Brideshead Regurgitated.” :p

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  3. I’m a new Queer Eye fan, thanks to several friends who kept pushing it. And then my daughter watched it with me, and now she’s always trying to get me to watch it when I’m supposed to be reading. And I can’t say no! So, I am very interested in hearing all about Karamo – will you review it when you’re done? (Could anyone get any more handsome than Karamo?)

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    1. Karamo is indeed very beautiful. I don’t think I’ll review it. I had to turn it in to the library because it had holds on it. But if you’re a fan of the show, you will enjoy this. He gets real about his past mistakes and his family. And he gives us a glimpse into the casting process for the show. It’s a solid celebrity memoir.

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  4. Oh yay, glad to hear you’re enjoying Bad Blood! That was one of very favorite reads last year. It’s such a wild story! The podcast The Dropout doesn’t contain much new compared to this book, but I’d still recommend it, as it was rather cool to hear directly from many of the people involved in this story.

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