I’ve had a ton going on the last few months with the kids out of school so I haven’t gotten around to posting much. Besides, I don’t think anyone actually cares about the boring, daily minutiae of my life. Work is busy (as always). Kids are doing well. I cut my hair really short because it’s just too hot in New Orleans.
And because it summer, I’ve been reading much more. I don’t have any one kind of book I prefer but basically pick up what looks interesting. I do like mystery/thrillers. I hate romance books. I hate historical romance even more. Sci-fi or dystopian fiction is fun. Basically I will read anything other than romance.
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting
Made for Love… I am not sure what I can say about this one. I was drawn to this book because the cover is an airbrush image of a sunset. It looked like a trashy romance, which I suppose is the point. But it’s not. It’s a hilarious story involving a large computer company named Gogol, mind melding, sex dolls, a trailer park, and dolphins. This is definitely a must read.
Dietland by Sarai Walker
I haven’t read a book in a while that really made me think about things in a different way. Dietland challenged my thoughts on dieting and why being overweight is frowned about by society. While a piece of fiction, there are so many great lessons and thoughts that can get carried over to real life. My favorite part about this book is the Fuckability Theory. There is so much to it. I wish that it was an actual book I could read! The book also features a feminist terrorist organization called Jennifer that fights against the patriarchy. Anyway, if you are a woman and ever considered dieting, read this. Also, it’s being turned into a show. Not sure how I feel about this since it seems parts of the book that are crucial are not really suitable for prime time.
The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
This book was entertaining. I thought it would be funnier though. It’s a family drama about an upcoming wedding. Apparently there is always drama surrounding weddings or large family gatherings. The sister getting married is viewed by her siblings as the favorite. The siblings are each going through a lot of stuff. They all bring their baggage and sort through it in the days leading up to the wedding.
The Child by Fiona Barton
I really enjoyed this book. A house in London is being demolished and during the work, the skeleton of a small child is found. The story is told from a few view points. There is the newspaper reporter, the mom whose baby was kidnapped from the hospital and never found, and the grown woman who used to live at the house. It’s not as much of a thriller as it is a mystery. I did enjoy this one a lot though, especially as all the pieces came together.
Night Film by Marisha Pressl
Although this book isn’t new, I finally got around to picking it up. I really loved Special Topics in Calamity Physics. And just like that book, Night Movie has a level of detail not seen in many works of fiction. The book combines writing along with faux newspaper articles and photos to help tell the story of Ashley Cordova. Ashley is the daughter of mysterious film director, Stan Cordova. Stan Cordova is know for his horror films and the fact that he hasn’t been seen in public for 30 years. When Ashley turns up dead, an investigative journalist starts looking into the story and goes down a dark trail to discover the truth. This book is part horror and part thriller; the type of book that sucks you in until you get to the last page.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This book was a typical knock off of the Gone Girl style psychological thriller geared towards women. The author also wrote Girl on the Train, which I liked but didn’t love. I found this book to be much more entertaining with less loathsome characters. Plus it only took me like a day or two to read.