What I'm Reading Wednesday

Books, books, books. I love books.

What have I finished since last week and what am I reading now??

Well, I finished the audio version of Gone Girl and I LOVED IT!!

It was so good. Much better than the movie and much better than the "book." As I mentioned last week I was listening to the audio version and it was very very good. The characters really came alive for me listening to the story. Amy is so totally nuts. N.U.T.S. and while the movie did get into the nutty behavior, the book does a much better job. Highly recommend the audio version of Gone Girl over the print.

I also started and finished Thinking in Pictures My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin. AMAZING book. In her own words she tells the story of what it is like to live with autism, as she is among the few people who have broken through many of the neurological impairments associated with autism. Thinking In Pictures also gives information from the front lines of autism, including treatment, medication, and diagnosis, as well as Temple's insights into genius, savants, sensory phenomena, and animal behavior. Ultimately, it is Temple's unique ability to describe the way her visual mind works and how she first made the connection between her impairment and animal temperament that is the basis of her extraordinary gift and phenomenal success. 

My own son has autism, so after reading this book I began to ask him some questions, and it appears that like Temple, Ronin also thinks in pictures. Which isn't totally surprising to me. He has an uncanny ability to recall items with vivid detail. And like Temple, Ronin is also very gifted spatially. I loved this book. And I loved Temple. I've ordered the rest of her published works and will update on those as they arrive and I get through them.

I also started and finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling.

 

This book was just okay. It was no Bossypants or Yes Please. I rarely laughed and honestly felt kind of sorry for her. I just didn't really like it. She's about 8 years younger than me, whereas Tina and Amy (yes, I'm on a first name basis with those ladies) are pretty much exactly my age. In fact, my husband and Amy share a birthday, James just happens to be one year older. I think I just identified more with what Tina and Amy had gone through in their life. They both gave a lot of back story, and I don't feel like Mindy really did that. 

Okay, so maybe because I read those other two books first I had such high expectations for this one, but I was left feeling disappointed.

And now I've started another BIG book. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. 

 

I loved The Goldfinch so I decided to give Donna Tartt's introductory novel a try. I'm only on part 2 of 28, so I have a long way to go yet, but I'm intrigued. I can tell I'm going to love it. Her character development is so well done and I can already feel myself getting wrapped up in the life of Richard Pappin. And I'm not alone. You can read The Guardians 10 Reasons why the Secret History is so awesome HERE.

 

And there you have it. What I've read and am reading over the last week. What's currently on your reading list??

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Wow, it's Wednesday already. 

So, what have I been reading?

I finished The Goldfinch. I LOVED it. 5 stars. I can totally see why it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. I loved the character of Boris. Yes, Theo was good too, but there was just something about Boris and I was so glad to see him re-emerge later in the story. It's a long story, 700+ pages, and I broke it up by listening to the audio version in my car and on my walks, and I read the hard copy at night on the couch while my husband watched TV. The Goldfinch has been picked up by Warner Bros for a movie adaptation, and it will certainly be a movie I go and see. 

 

Also, in less than 48 hours I read and finished The Rosie Project. This was recommended to me by my aunt and I really enjoyed it. It's the story of an autistic genetics professor named Don Tillman (who doesn't realize that he's autistic) and his search for the perfect wife. He meets Rosie, thinking she's applied for the "wife project" and despite her being totally unsuitable, they become friends. It was a fast, lighthearted read, though I do feel that the ending was rushed, and I closed the book feeling disappointed by the ending. But there is a sequel The Rosie Effect so I'm hoping that perhaps it will pick up where the other left off and build upon the rushed ending. I also recently learned that this book is being made into a movie with Jennifer Lawrence cast as Rosie. I think this is a great casting decision. I'm curious who will play Don who is described as being in very good physical shape, and looking like Cary Grant. 

 

I have quite a few books sitting on my desk, so I'll update you next week with what I decided to pick!

What are you currently reading??

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I was gone on vacation for the previous 2 Wednesday's so I have a few books to share with you all!

First, I am STILL reading The Goldfinch. It's VERY long and I got sidetracked on vacation, the title expire from my Overdrive Account, so I had to put it back on hold, and it just recently became available again. But while I was gone I read 4 books!! 1 adult, and 3 kids.

So, what did I read? 

 

 

Reconstructing Amelia is like Mean Girls on steroids. From the publisher: "Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump. Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save." So what did I think?? It was good. Not great. I did predict pretty early on the relationship between Amelia and one of the Maggie's. The mystery of what really happened to Amelia did surprise me a little bit. Overall, I think some more of the story could have been developed, but I'd recommend the book as a good beach/vacation read.

 

The next 3 books were all kid books. One was a CLASSIC and although Haley and I had read it in the past, Ella and Ronin had not, and I don't believe that their father had ever read it either, and we all LOVED it!!

 

You really can't go wrong with Roald Dahl, and since this book has been adapted into TWO great movies, I don't think I really need to explain the premise too much, though there are some scenes in the book that don't appear in the movie, and vice versa. 

 

Next up was one that Haley read last year and she really wanted the rest of the family to read it too. She actually went as far to say that it is her FAVORITE book EVER!

 

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a blind 10-year-old orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher—a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island, where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick—a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat—and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny.

This story was SO GOOD! And it had GREAT vocabulary in it, so the kids learned a lot of new words! It kept us hooked for HOURS. I can see why Haley loved it so much.

 

And lastly, we read The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic

Eh, this book was okay. It's kid adventure. It kept the trio entertained, but it didn't hook them to want to read any of the other 39 clues in this series. In a nutshell seventeen years old, Ian Kabra is head of the Cahills, the most powerful family in the world. He has presidents on speed dial, generals at his beck and call. Ian knows he’s an ideal leader and the only man enough for the job. There’s just one small problem: He’s already messed up big-time.

A Cahill from the past calling himself the Outcast has risen to challenge Ian with an impossible test. The Outcast has re-created four of history’s greatest disasters and dared Ian to stop him. If Ian and his allies can’t decipher the Outcast’s hints in time, innocent people will die. Ian’s only chance to beat the Outcast is to track down his former allies, Amy and Dan. But finding Amy and Dan will demand from Ian an impossible sacrifice.

 

And there you have it. What I read the past two weeks. Next week, I hope to finally be finished with The Goldfinch and on to something else!

 

 

What are you reading??