As for myself, I polished off 2.9 (repeating) books. (Note: all book photos below are linked to Amazon--because admit it--we all judge a book by its cover. And Amazon has good prices and free shipping for Prime members.) I am currently in a race against time to finish Gone Girl before book club (is it too early on page 100 to already have a guess about what happened?). So far, it's pretty good, but I think it is more of a slow burn than a page turner at a quarter of the way through.
Although I am not a convert, I did find my Kindle app on my phone to be extremely useful for under the covers late night readings while I bunked for 2 weeks with a small child on my floor. But after 2 weeks of phone reading, I got intimidated when I picked up all 400+ pages of Gone Girl and sort of wished I had it on an app. I just need to remember to rotate the book from arm to arm lest I get uneven biceps.
I wish I could say that I have a lot of time to do reading for pleasure. I don't. I admittedly unsubscribed from goodreads because it was too much work to keep up (and I might have been embarrassed at how little I read in comparison to my friends). And I am certainly not in the business of writing reviews (nor am I in the business of writing blogs), but here is a ha'penny about the books I read:
Another entertaining autobiography. Rachel's writing sat with me far better than Jenny's. Rachel comes off as pretty"smaht", and even though I am not part of any SNL fan cult, I found the bits about her comedy history incredibly interesting. I also read this bad boy (huh, probably more like bad girl) completely under the covers all in one night.
Captivating! But not sure if my public healthiness is a bias in my appreciation and interest in the story. I am almost done with this book (hence the repeating reference above), but have the self-imposed pressures of book club on me right now.
But now, the real meat of this post. (It's long. Get ready to scroll.)
So, from my friends to you...Oh, I included their comments above each book image--unlike what I did, which was write my comments below each linked book image. I call this a brain teaser. Like brushing your teeth with your left hand. Unless you are left-handed. Or have no hands. Then I guess it would be like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant foot. Unless you're ambipedal. Then I hope that you are spending your time making money by exploiting your talents rather than reading this blog. The end.
MW: Haven't finished it yet, but I'm reading Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America. It's really good, but isn't quite a vacation book. :)
AS: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes or We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver both led to great discussions in my book club
MH: Sense of an Ending a quick read too. Starting a The Tigers Wife. Also enjoyed Maine by Sullivan.
HK: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. It's the second in a trilogy though, so you'll need to read the first book, A Discovery of Witches. Fair warning: both are long books but they will totally suck you in! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a really interesting true story. A lot of public health/medical history and ethical issues.
SN: Room was REALLY good
KD: Here are a few: The Help; Water for Elephants; lark and termite; the thoughtful dresser
SR: Cutting for Stone
KL: The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister. The Book of Fred.
SS: Bloom by Kelle Hampton
JA: Milk Bar. Momofuku (it's a cookbook)
AM: 19 Minutes. Halfway through it now and I hate putting it down when its time for bed