I’d call July successful, reading-wise. (Note that this post doesn’t reflect any of what I’ve read at Tahoe this week.)
Read in July
Somehow I missed reading these when I was a kid. I picked the first one up when Peter Sagal mentioned it on a Nerdette podcast a little while ago. And guys? Holy crap these are good! I found book two at the library and I can’t wait to tear through it.
So I absolutely love the original Jessica Darling books. I was less than thrilled with Megan McCafferty’s next YA offering (Bumped), but I still couldn’t resist this when I saw it. And, surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. For one, it certainly reads fast. And two, it was fun to see what Jessica and the other Pineville characters were like in middle school. And three, yes, I’m going to read the next one in this mini-series when it comes out later this year.
Something about the summer makes me reach for predictable chick lit. I started out enjoying this one, but somewhere around 2/3 of the way through, I got slightly bored and really annoyed by all the characters. I absolutely hate cheating and I have no respect for A) people in relationships who pursue affairs and B) people who knowingly go after someone who’s in a relationship, happy or not. So I couldn’t muster any sympathy for Rachel, even when it was so blatantly obvious that Darcey was this awful, horrible bitch who’s somehow still a good friend? I still finished it, because by the time the frustration set in, I was far enough in that I wanted to see it through. And I was having fun making fun of the characters to Husband.
So, first: I enjoyed this. Really. The thing is, Arianna didn’t have to sell me on her central concept (that the parameters we use for success in our culture are at best, incomplete, and at worst, supremely messed up), so I was expecting just to see a bunch of anecdotes and stuff telling us to sleep more and meditate and spend time with loved ones. I believe all of that wholeheartedly and it’s a large part of why I left my last job. But, even though none of the information was earth-shattering or new information to me (get enough sleep! meditation is good! volunteering is amazing! unplug and be present!), it was good to read all of it packaged together. I finished reading thinking I totally could and will volunteer more and start meditating and all that jazz.
In Progress and Upcoming
What have you read/are you reading lately? Also: any good suggestions for biographies or autobiographies?
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