Saturday, September 11, 2010

Recently Read

Thanks to my nook, I'm still on my reading binge.  I seriously LOVE this device--I can check out and download ebooks from my library without getting up.  Amazing.

Anyhow, I recently finished two books:

A few years ago I read Eat, Pray, Love and really enjoyed it.  I was hoping that Elizabeth Gilbert's Committed:  A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage would grab me the same way, but it fell slightly short.  I really enjoyed a large part of it, mainly the parts where she discusses the history of marriage and different cultures' views towards marriage, but that only accounted for the first half of the book.  I only wish during this part of the book that she had cited her references a bit more--I know that sounds picky, but it began to feel like all of these "studies" that she references were just really conveniently in line with her way of thinking. 

The second half of the book was mostly her thoughts on her upcoming marriage and the marriages of people she knows (her parents, primarily).  This is where she lost me.  She and her partner (whom she met in Eat, Pray, Love) must get married if he is to ever get back into the U.S. and she (I hate to say it) whines as if this is a horrible punishment.  I understand she went through a terrible, terrible divorce and all, but seriously, this is not the worst thing in the world to have to marry the person that you love.  I also thought her opinions of her parents' marriage was a bit...harsh.  I can't imagine that much of that went over well with her mom.  I think some things are meant to stay private and airing the details of your parents marriage when you're a best-selling author is just not terribly wise.  Long story short, I just had a hard time relating to this part of the book.

All in all, I found it fairly enjoyable.  It's not a waste of time if you were to read it, but on the other hand, I don't think you'd miss out by skipping this one either.

Anyway, yesterday I finished this book:

I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down.  Some parts of the plot are a bit difficult to believe, but if you can get past that part, I thought it was very enjoyable.  Also, there is a fair amount of S-E-X, and for some reason I almost always find sex scenes in books to be awkward and this was no exception.  I'm not going to write a plot synopsis, because that's easy enough to find online, but the characters were well-developed and it was a fun read.

Anyway, next on my lineup is the Steig Larsson Millenium series, the Hunger Games series and then Jon Krakauer's latest, Where Men Win Glory:  The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.  I've loved Jon Krakauer's other books and I'm excited to read his latest.

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