March reads – a video post

Decided to change things up with a video post. Check out my totally unscripted review of Kate Locke’s The Queen is Dead and Jessica Bacal’s Mistakes I Made at Work.

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giving in to the hype – reading The Cuckoo’s Calling

I enjoy a good mystery, but I’m not as familiar with the genre as I am with SFF or literary fiction. I’m less likely to pick up an unknown in mystery than I am in SFF. Biased? Probably, but it’s a bias I am aware of and trying to fix in my effort to expand my literary horizons and all that jazz. So… yeah… the chances of my picking up The Cuckoo’s Calling before the great reveal would’ve been slim to none. Just being honest.

That said, I did enjoy the book. It started slow, but the mystery developed fairly quickly once all the players were introduced. It’s a classic British mystery, which fans of Sherlock and the like will appreciate. Rowling has a way of giving you all the pieces before you even realize their significance–a skill she used to great advantage in HP. My biases may be showing again, but I find I prefer her genre fic over her literary work (The Casual Vacancy was kind of a letdown for me).

Not much of a review, but I figure there’s enough that’s been said about this novel. I liked it. Yes, I’ll probably read the next one and look forward to it.

Now, back to the TBR shelves!

What I’ve been reading… another random mini-post

I’ve been reading plenty, but there is only so much time in a day and I’ve sacrificed book blogging for the sake of staying sane and not turning into a regimented oddball… So here is a mini-reaction post to keep the thrill alive.

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
Yes, I picked this one up after watching the show, and while it is vastly different from the sexed up dramady that is the Netflix original series, Piper Kerman’s memoir on her year spent in prison is incredibly sensitive to the reality of life in prison. She bears witness in a way that captures the stories of the women she meets without sensationalizing their experiences or victimizing them.

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Bridget is back! I’ve been a Bridget fan for years… confession, it was Bridget who turned me on to Jane Austen. For a fictional character, she’s had a huge influence on my idea of womanhood. I was so excited when I learned that the sequel was coming out and I was not disappointed. Bridget has grown, but she is still the Bridget I love–flawed, slightly neurotic, but always funny and real. Loved it 🙂

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I just had to read Attachments after reading Fangirl and Eleanor & Park. It was a bit slower than her other books, but still enjoyable and full of nostalgia.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
In my effort to read more nonfiction, I checked out Salt Sugar Fat and became hooked. Moss’s style is journalistic and very detailed… it’s a history of the best/worst foods that most of us grew up with (especially, if you were a 90s child… terrible things came out of the 90s).

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
I received an advance copy of NOS4A2 from William Morrow but I regret to say that I couldn’t get through it. I read about half of it but just could not relate to any of the characters and gave up when it started to seem like a task to continue reading. Just lost interest and didn’t care what happened to any of the characters. I really wanted to like Joe Hill, but I don’t 😦