What I’m Reading: September, 2019

I’m slowly catching up to my goal of reading at least 30 books this year. I’m five books behind schedule so I’ll be making more time to read and post quick reviews here. If you like reading my reviews, then feel free to connect with me on Goodreads.

I finally finished Crossfire, the first book of Matthew Farrer’s Shira Calpurnia trilogy and already posted a short review on Goodreads. It was as I expected, which was an action-packed political thriller set in the grim-dark universe of the Warhammer 40k universe. Pretty fun if you’re already familiar with the lore, but if you’re not then you might get lost on all of the references and heavy world-building. Currently working on Legacy, which is the second book in the trilogy. Not too bad so far, but heavier with political intrigue. It’s a shorter book, though, so I predict I’ll finish it within a week or two.

I like to think of myself as a teacher who’s taking an extended vacation, so any books that tell stories about teachers or the teaching profession interest me. Schooled by Anisha Lakhani is a book about a young and naive teacher who quickly discovers teaching is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Overwhelmed by the stress, anxiety, and poor pay, she starts writing essays for the students of wealthy families in other neighborhoods. The premise caught my interest because of the recent SAT grading scandals and I was hoping for a gripping drama that explores the pitfalls of teaching and how the super rich take advantage of the system. Unfortunately, I was not impressed with Lakhani’s juvenile writing, which is filled with so many cliches and tropes that it felt like a bland Lifetime special. Although the beginning has a strong hook, the rest of the book fell apart and I had to label it as a DNF (did not finish). Lakhani had a great idea, but the execution was poor. I believe her book would have been better if she veered away from the lazy tropes and cliches and focused on making the main character more likable.

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