This is a Good Book Thursday, October 10, 2019

This week I read Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Somebody. I was thinking that Alice would talk to a therapist, and while I have plenty of experience of therapy, I thought this might be good for looking at therapy from the outside, or in this case, both sides. Excellent book; it lived up to all the hype around it.

What did you read this week, wonderful or otherwise?

This is a Good Book Thursday, October 3, 2019

The new Aaronovitch book has been pushed back to Feb. 2020. I would. say something snarky about writers who don’t meet their deadlines, but then karma would bitch-slap me. I had no time to read fiction this week, but I’m accumulating a nice collection of research for the winter, so I’ll be reading as soon as I get Nita out of here. (Please god let that be soon.)

What did you read this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

I found a great new (to me) YA author and read a four-book series of hers: Maggie Stiefvatert’s Raven Boys series. Supernatural plot with a great cast of characters and some lovely writing. A girl named Blue who amplifies supernatural powers meets four boys from an expensive finishing school who turn out to be more than they seem. You know how I love team stories, and this one is surprising in its complexity, one of those stories with interlocking parts that act like gears. Also the all-female family crammed into Blue’s house is another team/family of interesting complexity. And then there are the Bad Guys Things. Lots of fun.

What did you read this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, September 12, 2019

This week, I’m reading Malcolm Gladwell, Emily Nagoski, John McPhee, and a lot of emails from the Washington Post’s Voraciously section. And I’m devouring Nora Ephron’s Heartburn AGAIN because it’s the most marvelous heartbreaking funny book ever and reminds me of my own divorce so it’s cathartic, too. Plus I’m really happy to be divorced from that guy, so the book has a happy ending. I love happy endings. And, of course, I’m reading Nita. I just ordered a year-at-a-glance calendar so I can mark “NITA’S FINISHED” on it in permanent marker.

What’s on your reading list?

This is a Good Book Thursday, August 8, 2019

I’ve been doing so much re-reading lately that I began to wonder: is reading an old favorite a safety issue?  That is, I know I’m going to love it, so there’s no risk involved?  Is this the belt-and-suspenders, keep-the-training-wheels-on, don’t-go-out-after-dark version of entertainment?  Because I’m rewatching movies, too (Red never disappoints) and TV (David Tennant’s Doctor Who, I’d forgotten how great he was), so I’m thinking yes on this.  Which means I must become more adventurous.  New stuff, Jenny, try new stuff.  

How adventurous was your reading this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday, July 25, 2019

Instead of reading, I’ve been binge watching old seasons of Grimm, which apparently. started to go off the rails about the time the Black Claw showed up.  Why is it that episodic shows always shoot themselves in the narrative foot with big mythologies?  Character, not plot, people.  Definitely time to get back to reading.

So what did you read this week?