Looking at pictures of shelves of books on Pintrest is like crack. I know….where does the excitement end.
Books are potentially good that I started this year and have not been able to get through:
- Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. I had been looking to read this book since it came out like 2 years ago. One afternoon, after a rough week at work, I was in Target for a baby something and decided to splurge and bought it. SUPER. EXCITED. Got about 150 pages in and found myself forgetting to pick it up when I had a free minute, and not remembering what was going on when I started reading again (the biggest signs that I am just not into it). It is dark. The characters are depressing. You know it isn’t going anywhere good. Maybe it was just the wrong time for me to read it? But I put it down and picked up…
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Great name (the book). A few tech blogs I read had said it was a really fast, fun read. I was very excited. And I liked it, for the first part. But about 2/3 of the way through it started to drag. Plus the way they talked about certain parts of the tech community in Silicon Valley kind of bugged. So I quit and moved onto….
- The Sting Man by Robert Green. Story of Abscam (Americna Hustle). Organized crime, corrupt politicians, scandal, intrigue…totally up my alley. But the writing style for some reason didn’t work for me. So many names. Had serious trouble engaging. Could not get into it.
Time to bring in the pinch hitter…
- The Goldfinch. Since everyone and their mother was talking about it. Finished it 3 weeks ago. Winner!
Books I have been reading on and off that I like:
- My Best Race. A series of short stores by 50 runners talking about what their greatest race was (and in many cases, it’s not the biggest race or the one that brought them the highest accolades.) I like it.
Books sitting on the sidelines that I plan to read next:
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. As a rule I do not do sci-fi. I have been told by multiple people to ignore the genre and go for it.
- Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon.
- The New American Road Trip Mixtape by Brendan Leonard.
…and there, my friends, is a book update.