The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: I picked this as it’s a classic I haven’t read yet and to be quite honest, I hated it. What a vapid, silly man and so much privilege crammed into one book. I’m sure that if I’d read it in high school or college and discussed it more in depth with others, I’d feel differently.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (audiobook): I enjoyed this audiobook as having the different narrators helped tell the story. I’m not sure it is the ‘next Gone Girl’ like it was built up to be but it was a good solid thriller and I enjoyed the twist at the end.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan: This has been on my to-read list for ages and I finally just put it on my eBook wait list from the library. I took a class at DePaul on the Life of the Historical Jesus, so I really enjoyed revisiting this topic. I found that Aslan focused very heavily on contextualizing the historical Jesus within the geopolitical era of first century, Roman occupied Palestine. This contextualized his teachings for me and I found his description of how the following movement changed his message as their audience changed to be fascinating and enlightening.
What I Watched: Hocus Pocus