First, I want to apologize majorly for being gone so long! I realized that I tried to get right back to blogging after Hannah was born and that just wasn’t feasible. So I took a break. But I promise I am back now. Thank you for being understanding!
Now, let’s talk reading. I have been reading a lot. When Hannah naps I really look forward to relaxing, even if it’s just for five minutes, with a book. It’s therapeutic and it makes me feel like ‘me’ again — even if my nails are chipped and there is spit up on my pants.
Here’s my post-baby reading list:
The first four Game of Thrones books: It’s crazy to me how something can start off so strong and get so terrible so quickly. The first three Game of Thrones books are awesome. They provided a level of detail and character development that the show simply can’t provide due to time constraints. I am a huge fan of the Game of Thrones show, so reading the books was like truly getting to know the characters on a deeper level. I realize that last sentence sounded insane, but it’s true.
Then book four happened. Now let me remind you that the GoT books are LONG. Like, longer than Harry Potter. When you read Game of Thrones you are making a full commitment of your time and your life. Another thing to note about the GoT books is that they are detailed as fug. George R. R. Martin describes everything, especially food and clothing. In the first three books this added a great layer of color to a great story. In the fourth book it was like reading a boring medieval, fantasy cookbook. Seriously. There were pages, and pages, and pages describing what people were eating. This would be fine if there was also some action. There wasn’t. There were just pages of freaking food descriptions. I forced my way through book four and had to move on.
The Girl on the Train: I will admit that I only read this book because everyone else was reading it. It was good. It wasn’t great. I felt like it fell apart a bit at the end. I liked the effort though. The concept of the book is rad, and the main character was really interesting. However, I do find it strange that people are comparing this book to Gone Girl. This book is not Gone Girl — not even close.
The Good Neighbor: I sometimes read the ‘recommended for you’ suggestions on my Kindle against my better judgement. This book was a recommendation from Kindle. The folks at Kindle must be smoking something because this book was not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining. Especially if you’re looking for a quick vacation book that you can read in a day. I personally recommend reading this book on the beach after two to three glasses of wine.
Modern Romance: For the record let me say that I am obsessed with Aziz Ansari. I was hesitant to read this book because I love Aziz so much. I was so disappointed with Amy Poehler’s book, Yes, Please, that I was nervous this book might make me think less of Aziz the way Yes, Please made me think less of Amy (I’m sorry Amy, I still love you deeply. Parks and Recreation is THE funniest. You were robbed at the Emmy’s this year.). Modern Romance was not a typical comedian book. Instead of being a moderately boring biography, Aziz wrote a hilarious, in depth study about dating in the digital age. He partnered with renowned sociologist, Eric Klinenberg and actually did a crap load of research and focus groups to put together a really informative book that is also laugh out loud funny. If anything, this book made me love Aziz even MORE. Get. This. Book.
The Martian (in progress): I am only about fifty pages into this book but I am hooked. It is so smartly written. It’s so smart, I am learning about space stuff. I don’t even care that much about space stuff! That’s what makes this book so great — it somehow juggles the sciencey, nerd stuff with really great writing and creates a totally readable story. This is really hard to do. I am looking at you Devil in the White City with your boring history chapters! Anyway, read this book. I bet the movie will be really good, too!