I have a long commute on the train between work and home. It's about 50 minutes. Most people groan when I tell them how long it is but secretly, it doesn't bother me at all. I use the time to listen to music, zone out, make to do lists, brainstorm blog posts or weekend plans, I write, I do homework but most of the time I read. I love reading and it's so great to have 50 uninterrupted minutes twice a day to relax and read.
As you can imagine, I get through a lot of books. I'll be posting my favorites once a month so check back if you ever need a recommendation.
Sometimes I get a good one that, even if it's not great or important, I just can't wait to get another chance to read it. As in, I don't want to do anything after work, I just want to go home and read... I love that.
Here are four books I could not put down:
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn was given to me by Cameron when we were dating and it's strange, a bit gross and completely entertaining. The story follows a woman, formerly part of a freak show family whose mother and father intentionally tried to create 'freak' children: an albino dwarf, a son with flippers for limbs, beautiful conjoined twins and a telekentic younger son. I don't want to give too much away but things get crazy with a family power struggle, a disturbing cult and a revenge plot creeping along. This is the one I give to people when they need something to read. It always gets a good reaction thought creates a pinch of suspicion around the recommender.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - Oh, this one. Everyone read Gone Girl but I think this is her better book. An unstable reporter returns to her hometown to cover the mysterious murder of a young teenage girl. It eerie suspenseful plot made it impossible for me to put down. No dull moments and it keeps going to the very end.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld was just fun to read. It's light, funny and to the point. It's a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: Liz is a 38 year old magazine writer, her sisters 20 year old crossfitters, Mr Bingley is a doctor turned reality tv star... you get the picture. Setting and most of the social situations are different but the main plot is pretty much the same. It's brilliant and funny.
City of Thieves by David Benioff was recommended by Cameron's sister. She was so right - it's a great book. The story is set in Russia during WW II with two captured young men on an impossible task of locating one dozen eggs for a Soviet officer with the probable failure to do so resulting in their execution. Even through the bleak setting, there are moments of warmth and humor.
How about you? Read anything good lately? Read any of these>