Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What I Read Wednesday

I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
86 year old Betty Halbreich has spent her life styling other people. This book tells the story of her beginnings and how she ended up with the job she has now. This was an interesting memoir. I do think it would be fascinating to make your living essentially shopping for other people and helping them find the right clothes. There were some moments where it was hard to relate to Betty. She lived a pretty charmed life, but she also seems to take it all in stride. I enjoyed her little side comments about fashion and what people today consider as fashion or etiquette. It was an interesting read.

Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
Book 2 of the Red Rising trilogy. I had to refresh my memory of Red Rising, but I enjoyed this continuation. Red Rising set up a world on Mars where everyone list in a color designated caste system: the lowest being Red, the highest being Gold. The Reds toil in mines beneath Mars, believing the planet isn't yet ready for life and they're doing the noble task of preparing it. This is, unfortunately, a lie told to the Reds by those above them. One Red, Darrow, learns the truth and sets forth to fight the system and all those that define people by the mere life into which they are born. I thought this was definitely a more exciting continuation to the story and to the world that is displayed in these books. I can't wait for the conclusion!

Codex Born: (Magic Ex Libris: Book Two)
The sequel to Libriomancer. The cover was actually more embarrassing, so I read it at home. Isaac is still a libriomancer, one who possesses the ability to pull items from books. In this book, he and his girlfriend Lena (a dryad, of course) are threatened by one who wishes to use Lena's powers for evil. Again, a very enjoyable, fast and fun read. Nothing serious, but I like these books because I don't have to think much.

What are you reading?


Barb Ruess said...

You and your embarrassing book covers crack me up. You should make one of those paper bag book covers to use in these circumstances. ;)

In the past week I've read:
Let the Great World Spin - Not what I was expecting, it read a lot like a collection of short stories but it wasn't. And then when I figured out that the author was telling the story of one day in all these layers... woah. Very cool read.

Florence Gordon - oh Florence! And your family! Such interesting voices and choices. Fantastically strong character story that shifts perspectives from character to character - sometimes very quickly but always very clearly. I really enjoyed this one.

Unknown said...

I read Among the Hidden, because it's the only book my not-a-fan-of-reading son has ever gotten excited about. His teacher read it to the class last year when he was in 5th grade. I have to admit the book was intriguing. Now I am reading Lila: A Novel.

Lyndsay W said...

First let me tell you my big excited news! Our new library opened on Monday!!! Aren't you so happy for me! It's so pretty and bright and spacious.

Amara and I went last night and it made us happy.

I am reading 'Not that kind of girl' by Lena Durham. I'm not sure why I'm reading it. I've seen about 10 minutes of her HBO show. And I'm not really loving it. But it's a quick read and I'll be done tonight. Next up is 'Shine Shine Shine'. My mom suggested it so... we'll see.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I went to the library yesterday and they didn't have anything I wanted in stock. I did put Perks of Being a Wallflower on order since you sold me on it last week :) Hopefully it comes in by tomorrow.