It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week? This is a weekly event to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week. It is hosted by Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books so stop by and join in!
I’ve been very busy with work lately so my reading pace has been completely off. I spent much of last week reading articles and blogs for work. However, I did finally get around to reading Louisa Edwards new book, Too Hot to Touch. I liked it but didn’t love it. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not a foodie or because I don’t live in NYC her books are starting to blend all together for me.
This week, I’m looking forward to listening to Jonathan Tropper’s Book of Joe. I’ve read several of Tropper’s books and enjoyed every one. I love his sense of humor. When I was searching around audible for my next pick I noticed that Scott Brick indicated that it was his favorite comedy. That was enough for me. Brick is a great narrator. I always get sucked into the book and don’t mind the horrid traffic.
I’m also starting Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses. I keep having the book recommended to me on Amazon and the description sounds interesting. It’s been a whiles since I’ve had a summer of endless showers and weddings, but that crazy isn’t something that I can easily forget. (I’m really starting to think that people who elope have the right idea.)
Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.
So that’s what I’m up to this week. What are you reading?
I’m disappointed to report that I have bailed on David McCullough’s latest book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. I had been looking forward to this book for quite some time. My schedule has been pretty crazy with work so I opted to listen to the book via audible.
I gave up after getting through about four hours. I just can’t bring myself to listen to any more of this book.
I love Edward Herrmann, it’s not his narration. He does a stealer job – I loved his French. It’s the book. I normally love David McCullough’s writing but this book just seemed scattered to me.
Maybe it’s because most of the histories I’ve read lately have centered on one person. But it didn’t seem like there was a plan. It was like he had all these great stories about all these notable Americans and he just threw them down on the page.
So I’m going to take a bit of advice from that old saying, life is too short to read bad books. I’m moving on to Rules of Civility: A Novel.
It probably wasn’t the best idea to read Emma Donaghue’s book, Room in December. The book is certainly not festive and doesn’t involve happy topics. But I had read good reviews about the book and several people on twitter were talking about the book so I thought I would use one of my audible credits to download the book.
A woman, Ma, is kidnapped when she is 19 and held captive in an 11 x 11 room. The book is told from the point of view of her son, 5 year old Jack. Jack seems like the typical 5 year old boy. He likes to play, read books, draw and watch tv. But Jack has never known the outside world. His entire life is lived in one tiny room he shares with his Mom.
I listened to the audio version of this book and I have to say that the narrator portraying Jack , Michal Friedman, was outstanding. There were times when I forgot that I wasn’t listening to a child. It made the book seem to come more alive. I also think that listening to the book made it easier to get through it. Not that the book was awful… quite the opposite the book was very good. It was the subject matter that was difficult.
I could go on more about the book, but that would require spoiling some of the details. I would highly recommend this book.