Sunday, January 20, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



 
It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.



FINISHED THIS WEEK
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me

So, it's Ruth Rendell what's not to love? As always I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love the psychological insights she gives you into the different characters' heads and I could almost almost understand Minty's insanity. I also liked how she linked all the characters and had the sub-plots going on in parallel fashion.

The Line of Beauty

In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Nick Guest moves into an attic room in the Notting Hill home of the Feddens: conservative Member of Parliament Gerald, his wealthy wife Rachel, and their two children, Toby-whom Nick had idolized at Oxford-and Catherine, highly critical of her family's assumptions and ambitions. 

As the boom years of the eighties unfold, Nick, an innocent in the world of politics and money, finds his life altered by the rising fortunes of this glamorous family. His two vividly contrasting love affairs, one with a young black clerk and one with a Lebanese millionaire, dramatize the dangers and rewards of his own private pursuit of beauty, a pursuit as compelling to Nick as the desire for power and riches among his friends. 

I did not like this book at all. The plot started to pick up in the last third of the book or so, but that was 300+ pages in and by that time I couldn't have cared less.
The writing was supposed to by lyrical and graceful, but it was just long-winded.


The Good Father
Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he's never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.

But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble...….

Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.


I'll admit I skimmed this book just to find out what happens. Travis makes bad decision after bad decision. I hate the "happily ever after ending". 

STARTED THIS WEEK
Wife 22

Maybe it was those extra five pounds I’d gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.
 
But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101). 
 
And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.
 
7. Sometimes I tell him he’s snoring when he’s not snoring so he’ll sleep in the guest room and I can have the bed all to myself.
61. Chet Baker on the tape player. He was cutting peppers for the salad. I looked at those hands and thought, I am going to have this man’s children.
67. To not want what you don’t have. What you can’t have. What youshouldn’t have.
32. That if we weren’t careful, it was possible to forget one another.
 
Before the study, my life was an endless blur of school lunches and doctor’s appointments, family dinners, budgets, and trying to discern the fastest-moving line at the grocery store. I was Alice Buckle: spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions.
 
But these days, I’m also Wife 22. And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn. Soon, I’ll have to make a decision—one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life. But at the moment, I’m too busy answering questions. 
 
As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiac.


9 comments:

  1. Sounds like I need to read Ruth Rendell! Have a great reading week.

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  2. Wife 22 is a fun read - I hope you are enjoying it!

    Wishing you a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  3. Wife 22 sounds really interesting!! I am intrigued! I will have to check it out. Have a great week!

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  4. I plan to make 2013 my year of reading from my own bookshelves. Please come see what I'm currently reading.

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  5. I've never read Ruth Rendell although I hear she's terrific. In fact I think I have one of her books around here somewhere. I should search it out.

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  6. I think I need to pick up Ruth's book. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hope you will have some better reads this week or you can return to Ruth :)

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  8. I've heard great things about Wife 22. Hope you enjoy it!!

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  9. Thanks for the recommendation, I need to get back to reading...

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