She Read (Volume 2, 2015)

I've continued zooming through books left and right over here since my first What Molly Read post. More misses than hits this time around but I haven't slowed my pace.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - The first half of this reminded me of The Circle, which was one of my favorite books I read last year. Makes me think I should read more of these "Dystopian future where the internet has taken over our lives" kind of novels. The second half was more "giant video game sci-fi battle" that actually kept me more entertained than I would have anticipated. The protagonist is a teenager in the future who is nostalgic for a past he never knew (the 1980s) thanks to a Steve Jobs-esque genius. There’s a lot of 80’s throwbacks, especially to video games and music.

Just Kids by Patti Smith - I feel like I was supposed to like this more than I actually did. Maybe I’m not a memoir person, but I got bored. This memoir traces the history of Patti Smith’s relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. There were some beautiful passages, which made me more interested in her poetry, but there were so many repetitive references (Genet, Rimbaud) and lists of names that I’m too young and unhip to know.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - Do you want to read a 600 page book in which no one is ever happy and nothing good ever happens and it might as well be Eeyore’s autobiography because it’s so melancholic and dreary? Read this one! You’re welcome! I’ve read and enjoyed a few others by Atwood (if you haven’t read A Handmaid’s Tale, stop what you’re doing and get it). She’s not the most sunshiney of writers but yeeesh this one was particularly bleak. She can write a female character who’s fascinating, deep and real…but not here. There’s four levels of stories here and I only found one of them particularly interesting, and that didn’t even pick up until the last quarter of the book. 

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters - For the first few chapters, I thought I knew where this story was going. Then I had one of those “…..oooooooh!” moments. And THEN I remembered how many fellow students at my womens college loved Sarah Waters and it aaaall made sense. Loads of early 20th century scandal and a quick pace made this enjoyable, if not a little blush-inducing. This is as close to a romance novel as you’ll find me reading, but I did like it.

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey - If anything can be called a life changing book, it’s this. I’ll probably end up writing a whole lot more about the methods laid out here and how Adam and I are implementing them in our lives, but suffice it to say that if you have any sort of debt (even so called “good” debt like student loans), you need to read this.

What are you readin'?