Booking It: February 2014

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Well hey! It’s the first of the new month, so I thought I would share what I read in the end of January and February. If you’re not a reader, this week I’ll be sharing a great breakfast recipe and talking about being scared of my own kids. So stay tuned!

Sadly, I start this list with two books I didn’t love. (Although they weren’t so bad I stopped reading them. Which I am totally in favor of, like Anne!)

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen: Oh, I so wanted this to be the next The Paris Wife. I thought the premise had potential. It’s based on the real-life relationship between Edgar Allen Poe and the poet Frances Osgood in 1845 New York City. But it reads more like a romance novel than literary, historical fiction. The author seems intent on showing off her knowledge of the literary figures of the time. It wasn’t badly written, but I just didn’t love it at all.

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira: Rewind a few years from Mrs. Poe and we’re in pre-Civil-war Albany, New York, home of Mary Sutter, a midwife. Mary is a serious young woman whose wishes to become a surgeon have been dismissed on every side. She sees the war as an opportunity to get what she wants – and get away from her twin sister. This is a very interesting tale, but I would have liked to read more about the midwifery; and honestly, I don’t have the stomach to read about amputations and yucky war stuff. If you are a Civil War buff, I do think you would enjoy this one – it’s just not my thing.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine: Crystal was so kind to send me her book after I mentioned on Twitter how excited I was to get my hands on it! I thoroughly enjoyed the practical advice and have been trying to implement some of the goals set forth in the book. (When I’m not dealing with a child with the flu, I think I can edge my way out of survival mode! Maybe!)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: This books deals much less with the political and social climates of Aghanistan and more with a personal story – how one decisive act influences a whole cast of characters through many years. Reading Hosseini’s prose is a treat; at times, I could even forget I was reading and just lived in the story. I found some parts more enchanting than others, but altogether a wonderful read.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: And now for something completely different … we have this book that seems to be on everyone’s list of books to read right now. Don is a socially inept genetics professor with a schedule made to maximize every moment, calorie, and movement in his life. Rosie is a wild, smoking “barmaid” with daddy issues – as in, she doesn’t know who hers is. Together, they begin the project of finding Rosie’s father … shaking up Don’s life to the core. This is a pretty funny book, greatly enjoyable to read. I always love something a little quirky and different! (And it’s only $1.99 for Kindle right now, so snatch it up and read it!)

That’s it for now! What have you been reading lately? Or have any comments on any of these books?

5 thoughts on “Booking It: February 2014

  1. I agree with not finishing a book if you aren’t that into it. Sometimes, I think it’s just my mood, and I may go back and read it later. I started “The Smart One” by Jennifer Close, and got about 1/4 of the way through and gave up. Maybe another time. 🙂 “My Name is Mary Sutter” and “And the Mountains Echoed” are both on my to read list- the one that is so long that it will never get done and I add books faster than I can read. Now I’ve added “The Rosie Project.” It looks like a cute, fun book.

    • That’s true – I started a book a few years ago and just didn’t get into it. Last year I started reading it and couldn’t stop! (Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo) What I want to read totally depends on my mood!

  2. I loved The Rosie Project! It reminded me of Sheldon and Penny on Big Bang Theory. I would love more books with quirky main characters like The Rosie Project and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Maybe they just make me feel normal!!
    Right now I’m reading The Goldfinch which is decent. I liked Cuckoo’s Calling, the book written under the pseudenem for JK Rowling. The Antelope in the Living Room was hilarious for anyone who’s married.

    • Definitely a Sheldon vibe going on! I think my husband promoted the main character as “a cross between Sheldon and Sherlock” [the new Sherlock on PBS, of course!].

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