#FridayReads: October 28

Happy Friday! It’s time for another Friday Reads, where I share my Friday read and a review of the previous week’s pick.

As you may have guessed, I did not shoot a video this week. Things happen, yo. BUT I can’t just leave you without a Friday Reads! Here’s my review of The Mothers by Brit Bennett and what I’ll be reading this weekend —

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Though I finished it a couple weeks ago now, this week’s review is of The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I received The Mothers from Book of the Month as my October pick, after hearing about it on every book-related podcast and Twitter account I follow. It was one of those books I was both incredibly excited for and a little nervous about, hoping it had not been overhyped. As soon as I started reading, I knew all the hype was well deserved. The Mothers follows Nadia, a young woman who has an unexpected pregnancy, and then an abortion, and deals with the repercussions of that experience, not just immediately following but the ensuing years and decades.

I absolutely loved The Mothers. Chapters move from third person narration of Nadia, Luke (the father of Nadia’s baby and preacher’s son), Nadia’s friend Aubrey, and Nadia’s father to a first person narration from the perspective of the mothers of the church, the elderly women who keep things moving. This flow between perspectives is brilliantly done and the mothers are fantastic narrators who lend complexity and insight into the story. None of the characters are flawless – far from it, actually – but it is their flawed selves that make them so human. Brit Bennett has a beautiful and important voice, and it’s hard to believe this is her first novel. I cannot wait for what else Bennett has to offer.

Now on to what I’m reading this weekend! I’ve been working through this one for a while, but I am in the middle of Mary Roach’s Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. I loved Roach’s book on bodies (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers) so I thought another one book from Roach would be perfect for my non-fiction science task of the Read Harder 2016 challenge. I am not enthralled with Spook at this point, but it is interesting and I really like Roach’s writing style. I’m hoping to finish it Sunday, definitely by next Friday, so you’ll get my review next week!

That’s all I have for this week’s Friday Reads. It’s going to be a Halloween-y weekend so if you are partaking in festivites, have fun and eat candy!giphy2

I’ll be back next week with another Friday Reads. In the meantime, if you have thoughts on either of these picks, or have recommendations for what I should read next, let me know! If you want more Game & Read, you can find us on Youtube, TwitterInstagram, and Litsy, and keep up with all of our shenanigans by listening to the Game & Read podcast.

Until next time, happy reading!
–Erin

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