I’ve been reading a lot lately. There’s snow on the ground, but I’m deep in summer reading guide prep. I’ve been working my way through long books that deserve posts of their own, and shorter books I won’t be able to share for months. (Some short books deserve posts of their own, too.)
Today, I want to share the fast and fun books I’ve been reading lately—the books you could read in one sitting, if you really wanted to.
by Jenny Offill
This slender novel was a surprise pick on many a best-of-2014 list. Now that I’ve read it, I don’t see what the fuss is about. If I liked it, it would be for its authentic narrative voice and voyeuristic feel. But as the couple’s story unfolded, I just didn’t care. It’s a quick read, but I kind of raced through this one—and not in a good way.
by Marissa Meyer
I blew through the latest (and originally unplanned) installment of The Lunar Chronicles in an afternoon. This slim volume is wholly devoted to Levana (that’s the evil queen, to the uninitiated), and it lacked the spark and humor of the other books. But if you’re a fan, I wouldn’t skip it.
by Noelle Hancock
I loved the idea of this book. When Hancock loses her way after losing her job, Eleanor Roosevelt’s admonition to “Do one thing every day that scares you” inspires her to get her life back on track. I wish there was more of Eleanor in this memoir, which felt lightweight (and surprisingly vulgar) compared to the great lady herself. My advice: skip this and go straight to the source: the fantastic You Learn By Living, the compiled columns in My Day, or Doris Kearns Goodwin’s popular history No Ordinary Time.
by Stacey Radin
There is some great information here, but this didn’t need to be a full-length book. Most of the data and anecdotes come from Radin’s work with her nonprofit, Unleashed, which grew tiresome. On the other hand, it was crystal clear that teaching vulnerable middle school girls to champion a cause they believed in taught them to advocate for themselves.
by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
So much fun for Veronica Mars fans, and a bit stronger than the first fiction attempt. (Don’t get me wrong: I ate that one up.) This book picks up where the movie left off, with a case that hits uncomfortably close to home for Veronica. I read it in two days.
What have you been reading lately?