Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Vacation" Reading

I'm back to work full time today after surgery and recovery. I was at work halftime last week but my brain wasn't really ready for it and neither was my body. *Note to self - if you have to have hip surgery again give yourself three full weeks for recovery time.

I was very optimistic about how much reading I would be able to get done during my time away. The first week was spent in a narcotic induced haze. I looked at magazines and did a little reading but didn't really have the stamina (or ability) to tuck into a book until almost the second week.

Here's what I read and what I would suggest or not for those of you looking for a good book.

1) Made in the USA by Billie Letts - entertaining book but not the best one I've ever read. I really like Letts' writing. If you want to check something out by here try Honk and Holler Opening Soon. It's the best of her's I've read.

2) One Day by David Nicholls - this was my book club book. I didn't love it although I loved the Britishness of the story and picturing being in the different places the characters went (Sir Aurthur's Seat, Chichester, etc). I never really got to a point I liked either of the characters. That made it difficult to like or care too much about the story.

3) Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper. I loved this book. (Amanda Morken you have to read it) I really like memoirs to start with but then the story of this kitten and the woman's devotion to it made me love the story. It's a must read - especially if you like cats.

4) Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. I wasn't a fan of this book - in fact, I read the required amount (100 pages minus my age = 67 pages) and then returned it to the library. Within the first chapter the main character has slept with her best friend's fiance and then spends the rest of the book trying to justify it. Not my thing.

5) I Don't Know How She Does it: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother by Allison Pearson. Another book I really liked. I saw one of my good friends EVERYWHERE in this book. (She's getting it for Christmas) There was potential for it to take a turn to a place I didn't want it to go and it didn't go there. I don't really like Sarah Jessica Parker but I'll probably see the movie.

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6) Then Came You by Jennifer Wiener. After loving Good in Bed and In Her Shoes by the same author I was excited to try a new one of her books. It was a disappointment. I finished the book - unlike Something Borrowed - but it never fully engaged me and there were enough unnecessary and controversial things in the story that I didn't really enjoy it. If you want a good read try Good in Bed instead.

Next is The Scorch Trials, the second book after The Maze Runner. I'm excited for this one and have a deadline for getting it back to the library. I should be done with it by the end of the week.