Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter reading

After the craft market it was really nice to take it easy for a while.  Or at least in between baking and present wrapping.  Lots of that time was book time.  Here's what I read recently:

Everything is Perfect When You're A Liar by Kelly Oxford - I loved this book!! It was hilarious, relatable, and fast! Minus lots of experiences with weed, I'd really want to be friends with this lady.  She is seriously entertaining, and a very bold person.  She reminds me of my 4 year old who will ask people why they did things that are mean, or compliment strangers clothing, and just treats everyone the same, with an outspoken inclusiveness that Oxford also has.  Except Kelly Oxford is not 4 and 1/2 so to read her stories is wildly amusing.  She's also done a ton of truly varied things! She has 3 kids, she's a Canadian and they just do things differently than Americans so that's always fun for me, she went to L.A. to find Leonardo DiCaprio in the days before Titanic, talked her way out of a ticket after already getting a ticket, and was a personal guest of a magician in Vegas.  It's inspiring how she takes opportunities and just goes for things, even though it's sometimes very reckless.  I hope she writes more, I love love loved this book.  It was light enough and funny enough and inspiring enough.  So much fun.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - not your typical alien story, this follows a girl who has survived an alien invasion on our planet that has wiped out about 97% of the population. The Others, as she calls them, are crafty, and sent 4 waves of attack on Earth.  The story suddenly splits into narration between Cassie and a couple other characters and that's where I started to lose interest.  I liked Cassie's part the best and could've done without the others.  But it did give perspective that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.  It's clever but it didn't hook me as much as I'd hoped.  There is a unique twist that I didn't see coming, but it wasn't written in a very believable way, at least for me, so it didn't grab me as much as it was meant to.  Perhaps because I think it's a YA book? I'm not sure.  I'm usually really into end if the world stories.  There is a second book but I probably won't read it.  Don't get me wrong, this was interesting, just didn't compel me all the way through. 

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey - This is a fast paced story of an alternate future in which 1% of the population is made up of "Brilliants" or those with abnormal abilities.  Computer level pattern recognition, coding, body language reading, math skills so great they broke the stock market, etc.  The normal population has become very worried about the abnormals and because of a few dangerous ones, they have reason to be.  The story follows agent Cooper, who is a brilliant but also takes down other brilliants who pose a threat to the safety and security of the rest of the population.  I don't want to spoil it.  It's really interesting.  I did predict the twist, but it was still well done.  I bought the kindle book and then the whispersync addition (I find those are frequently cheaper than just buying the audiobook) and thought the performance was a little more perform-y than I personally like for people to be when they're reading to me, but the story was good.  There's a second Book that I've already started listening to.  

Have you been reading anything compelling lately??  Winter reading time is the BEST.