Recent Reads

I’ve fallen behind on posting my 50 Books in 2012 reads–on Christmas Day I finished book #50 but I don’t think I’ve done a good job of capturing all 50 on the blog.  Trust me, Good Reads congratulated me on reaching the goal!  (If you’re on Goodreads, let’s be book buddies.)

Here are a few recent books I read:

The Cradle by Patrick Sommerville – This was a short and concise story about a couple about to have their first child.  Marissa, the mother-go-be, is pushing her husband to go out and find the cradle she slept in as a baby.  The problem is that her mother left the family long ago, and no one is certain where she is.  The expectation is find the mom, find the cradle.  There’s a parallel story of a family whose son enlisted in the military and is about to be deployed to Iraq.  The mother, father, son, spend a last few days together and then the mother falls apart and finally admits to her husband that she has a child who she gave up for adoption.  This story was OK – it never really came together for me and left quite a few questions at the end.  

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – This story takes place in Barcelona, Spain, during two different time periods.  Much of the book is set in a prison during the Spanish Civil War–there’s mystery, crime, love, grit.  This is book number 3 in a trilogy that isn’t really a trilogy–same characters, but you don’t have to read the other books in order to pick this one up.  However – one of my all time favorite books is the first in this trilogy–The Shadow of the Wind.

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – I heard an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air one night–I don’t know why I remember this, but it was a warm summer night in Madison and I was stuck at a train crossing for about 15 minutes.  So I heard a good chunk of the interview with Caitlin Moran.  I was laughing and laughing and knew I needed to read her new book.  However, all that build up, and the fact that a review said she’s like the British version of Tina Fey, did disappoint a bit.  Moran is a 30-something mother and her book chronicles her awkward childhood and teenager years, her escapades in her first office job, and she gives her thoughts about everything from make-up to waxing.  I liked the fact that she used social media to gather experiences from women around the world.

10600242One piece that stood out/hit a nerve for me was feedback she received from women about bad experiences in the workplace.  One woman said she no longer wears a white blouse and black skirt to work.  She was once in a conference room, coffee service was brought in, and the men in the room lined up in front of her, waiting for coffee–they thought she was the waitress!  Ugh.  This was something recent, too.  I was once involved with preliminary planning for a golf outing/fundraiser.  I mentioned to a long-time golfer that I don’t golf and don’t know enough about how an outing works, so I’d need some intel.  His response:  “We need a beer girl, so you can wear a bikini and drive the beer cart.”  I was ashamed for him.



I checked out a pile of books, thinking I’d spend the holiday time reading book after book.  Not-so-much!  It feels good to get caught up on life!  I did start reading Divergent by Veronica Roth.  Is this Hunger Games redux?  Any input on this trilogy?  


What are you reading?  Do you have a list of things to get done this week?  




16 responses

  1. Santa got me a few books for Christmas, and I have a pretty big pile in my apartment I need to make a dent in soon. Since we have a winter storm warning until 7p tonight, I might spend the day reading. 🙂

  2. I have been majorly slacking on my reading lately. I can’t wait to have a bit more time come January to read. I haven’t heard of Caitlin Moran but I am curious to read her book.

  3. Okay, so I was definitely obsessed with Divergent when I read it. I thought it was really good, dare I say even BETTER than The Hunger Games. However, I can’t give the same glowing endorsement to Insurgent (#2 in the trilogy). Hopefully, book 3 will be better. 🙂

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