Now that the writing push of November is over, I’m slowing things down a little and taking some time to get a little reading done, both to make a dent in the TBR pile and to recharge my creativity a bit. Well, I was before I got slammed by the flu. Now I’m just laying here like a slug, wishing for a magic bottle of 7-Up that would automatically refill itself.
Anyway, before I was laid low, here is what I’ve been reading recently:
A New Book by a Favorite Author
First up was The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion. I had previously read The Rosie Project and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to this sequel. In the first book, Don (the main character) and Rosie get together. This second book follows them as they are expecting their first child. Unfortunately, the story did not work for me, in large part because of the Rosie character. This review from Amazon summed up my feelings about the story:
“I found this book somewhat depressing and distressing. I am currently expecting my first child and thought Rosie was being ridiculous.” ~ review by Mander.
A New Author
This month’s “new to me” author was Penny Reid. Her book Neanderthal Seeks Human was free on Amazon (and a few other eBook sites), so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve been reading it a little at a time while waiting in airports and such, so have not yet finished it. So far I am not actually sure I am the reader for this book. The story spends a lot of time in the main character’s head, rather than having things actually happen. The reviews I’ve read of the book seem to be fairly positive, so I’m hoping things pick up as the story progresses. Has anyone read this one? If so, what did you think of the story?
Something Thought Provoking
I rounded out this month’s reading with It’s Your World (Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going) by Chelsea Clinton. The book talks about various challenges that exist in our world today – housing, food, education – and provides suggestions for things that individuals can do to address them. I picked up the book at a local store because the topics are very relevant to a project I am working on for my day job. Though the book is aimed at teenagers/young adults, the information and interesting and presented in a very readable way.
So, what have you read (or started reading) recently? Anything you’d recommend?