Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I did a “favorites” post, so I’m switching it up today. No running, no food — just things to read, watch, and listen to.
Here’s what I’ve been reading…
1. The Goldfinch
I couldn’t put this book down. Even though it was 800 pages long, I tore through it! I wish I could sum up the story, but it’s too complex to really put into words. It’s sort of about a boy who loses his mother, takes a famous piece of art, and then travels around the country (and world) as he sorts out his life (and escapes jail and overcomes a drug addiction and steals a dog). Given that the main character has some pretty terrible personality traits, I was impressed that Donna Tartt could still make me sympathize with him somehow. I loved her writing style and the way she developed the story in a patient but suspenseful way. Then again, it did take her 11 years to write this book, so you’d hope she could pull off something good. One of my favorite parts of the book was a series of chapters set in Las Vegas (which I’ve never been to). The landscape and culture there sounds fascinating (Anthony, this is me telling you that we should go to Vegas). I would tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin the story!
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
After The Goldfinch (which was on the more serious side), I picked up Where’d You Go, Bernadette for the new book club I joined. It’s a lighter read for sure — but still suspenseful at times! I actually laughed out loud reading this one. Maria Semple is hilarious and the story is so wacky that it makes you smile. The strangest part of the book is how it’s presented– a bit of narrative from Bernadette’s young daughter, but mostly just copies of emails and letters that the daughter has collected when her mom goes missing. One of the main “characters” in the book is Seattle, which slowly drives Bernadette insane. I’ve never been to Seattle, either, so enjoyed learning more about this quirky city. After Seattle, the book actually ends on a cruise ship in Antarctica…
3. Me Before You
Okay, I have to give Jojo Moyes credit for crafting a pretty addicting story in this one, although I found parts a bit overly dramatic. Me Before You is about a young woman who takes a job caring for a quadriplegic and then realizes that she’s actually been hired to save his life. The story is sort of told like a movie — almost every chapter closes out with a dramatic scene, and there’s a lot of intense, sort of unrealistic dialogue. Even though I wouldn’t say this was my favorite book of all time, I still thought it was a good, easy read. No spectacular journeys to different cities or countries (the book is set in a small town in England, and goes to Paris for a little bit) though. The funniest part to me is that the quadriplegic’s foil character was “marathon man,” the caregiver’s crazy ultra-running/triathlete boyfriend who was obsessed with running marathons. Ha.
4. The Bachelorette
Now that I’ve impressed you with all the books I read, I’ll lose all respect by admitting I watch the worst show on television. And by worst, I mean BEST. I don’t really like Andi or any of the men she’s considering marrying, but I have to watch anyways! Juan Pablo set the bar so low that this season seems spectacular in a terrible train-wreck way.
Since we moved to Nashville and started driving again, the radio has come back into my life! I was listening to awful pop music stations (which are actually mostly commercials) for a while until I dialed into NPR one day. My life has been forever changed. Every day on my way to and from work, NPR fills me in on all the essential world news — as well as lots of random stories and tidbits that are really fascinating — like iphones in grain silos, this cool new band, and drunken history. I could dedicate an entire post to all the announcers and shows I discovered and love on NPR, but I’ll stop here.
And I should probably stop this post and get to work too. Have a great weekend!
- Recommendations for books/movies/TV shows/radio programs?