What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer19. August 2015 14:20
It has been a CRAZY week!! I think I mentioned in a post (if not, I apologize, but I've talked about it on social media) that I have been reassigned to a library MUCH closer to my house. I spent this week working at this library and WOW...there is SO MUCH going on. A lot of changes are going to be happening in my life. And in my kids lives. They all start school next week, and my oldest is going to be starting middle school. Whew. Big deep breaths. Okay, so what did I read?? Last week I mentioned that I was reading Buried Prey by John Sandford. Finished it, LOVED it. I really like the character of Lucas Davenport.I don't typically read these types of mysteries, but I really liked it. It kept me guessing "who done it?" all the way up until the end. Very well done. I'm certainly going to add more of these novels to my must read list.   I also started and finished Luckiest Girl Alive. It was a good story. It was compared to Gone Girl, but nah, I don't think so. I don't want to give away too much because there would be the potential for a HUGE spoiler, but let me just say that the incident that Ani eludes to when talking about the documentary that she is being interviewed for was not something that I saw coming. So good job there Jessica Knoll. I also found out that Reese Witherspoon bought the rights to this book and is making it into a movie. I think Reese herself would be a GREAT Ani, but she might be too old as Ani is 29 in the story, so we'll see. Have you read Luckiest Girl Alive? What did you think?? What else have you been reading?  

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Jenny

What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer5. August 2015 08:52
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??

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Jenny

What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer22. July 2015 09:22
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??

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Jenny

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