Twitterature (January 2014 edition)

Twitterature (January 2014 edition)

twitterature monthly reading linkup short reviews

Welcome to the Twitterature link-up! For the lowdown, head over here, or try this Cliff Notes version: this is the place to share short, casual reviews of books you’ve been reading.

Here’s what I’ve been reading

The Rosie Project 2

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

Believe the buzz: this completely charming Australian novel is fast, fun, and smart, with an outrageous plot and groundbreaking characters. I listened to the audiobook version, which I highly recommend. (Two words: Australian narrator. Plus, since I was using my Audible free trial, I got to bypass the 78-readers-long library waiting list.)

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap 2

The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap, Wendy Welch

This one came highly recommended since I talked crazy about opening a bookstore. As a memoir, it’s only okay–but I was so interested in the bookstore I didn’t mind.

sports gene 2

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, David Epstein

I’m a little obsessed with deliberate practice and the 10,000 hour rule, but Epstein tells us the rest of that story in this fascinating book. I was hoping it would be a little more readable–its tone is very textbook-like, at times–but it’s worth reading for anyone interested in elite sports, nature vs. nurture, or a more nuanced look at the 10,000 hour rule.

(If you’ve never read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, which popularized the 10,000 hours rule, it’s worth a read: get the ebook on sale for $3.99 right now.)

the stitches 2

Stitches, Anne Lamott

I didn’t dog-ear this one to death like I did Help, Thanks, Wow. Despite that, I loved Lamott’s central metaphor about stitches and repair, and I used half a box of Kleenex.

dragons love tacos 2

Dragons Love Tacos, Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

This is our family’s favorite picture book at the moment. It’s full of zany, ridiculous fun–and tacos.

I also read The Goldfinch and Five Days at Memorial recently, but they’ll be getting their own post later this month.

What have you been reading lately? 

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  1. Madeline says:

    Just wanted you to know that I save this post to read until I have time to sit down and really look at all of them with a cup of tea (or glass of wine, depending on the time of day!). It’s a special treat.

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