It hasn't been that long since my last book report, but I have been tearing through the pages lately (figuratively, since Ellerie's got a handle on the literal) and so I wanted to share a few current reads. I get asked a lot when I read and the answer is before bed. Paul has to get up really early so we are generally in bed between 9-9:30. He's out like a light and since I've stopped feeding the monkey mind by scrolling instagram and pinterest, I get a good half hour to an hour of books.
These are a few of the recent ones worth noting :
The One and Only by Emily Griffin | I read a lot of negative reviews of this over the summer, but decided to give it a try because I really like the author and most of the people who didn't like it said there was too much college football (I love college football). It wasn't the best, but it was entertaining, easy-to-read chick lit (if you love college football).
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg | I don't think this is a book that you really love or really hate (mostly because it's written with more fact than emotion - and I mean that in a good way). But I did think it was an interesting read because I am very interested in work and what others have to say about it. There are parts in this book that could truly connect with anyone regardless of gender, age or life path, but if I was going to pick an ideal reader it would be a young(er) woman who wants a corporate job and is considering having a family down the line. I wish I had read this at 22. It wouldn't have changed my path, but parts were inspiring and what I needed to hear then and still need to know now.
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova | I loved Still Alice and was excited to read this by the same author. I liked it but I definitely wasn't hooked. It's not going to stick with me the way Still Alice did and I think that's because while the syndrome is a real medical condition, it's not as prolific and relevant (in my life) as Alzheimer's. I struggled a lot with the main character too. She's the classic "completely frazzled working mother" and I think that cliche image hit a little close to home right after reading Lean In. As I told Paul, this book would never work if the main character was a man (and that annoyed me).
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | I devoured this in less than 24 hours. It's a quick read that is still layered and witty. It's YA, but I think the themes and language kept it from feeling too young. I loved the back and forth between the characters and found myself smiling and laughing out loud at the subtle, smart humor. Excited to check out Rowell's other books.
In other news, I had to throw in the towel on Code Name Verity, it just didn't have the spark that I need to see in the first half. I am also almost done with Gone Girl (I will be when this post goes live at 5am) and to say I am hooked would be an understatement.