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What I Am Reading

I’ll be honest here. I have read less in the past two months than I have since I was six. I don’t know if it is due to a lack of interesting material, or that my brain no longer wants to focus for extended periods of time due to the only focusing on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook etc.  Which, if that can happen to me, a person who  loves reading more than anything, makes me extremely worried about my boys. But, that is a whole different post.

In this post I want to talk about some books that have caught my attention recently. One that I am currently reading is The Circle by Dave Eggers.

Summary: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Next on the list. Has anybody heard the John Grisham has a secret to A Time to Kill? Well, he does and it is called Sycamore Row and is out today! I find it interesting that this hasn’t gotten more publicity. Or, maybe it has and I have just missed it because I have been too busy watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. At any rate I saw an interview with Grisham on the Today show where he said that his wife did not want him to right this sequel, b/c she thought he had gotten too far away the nitty grittness of lawyer work and he wouldn’t be able to do the characters or the story justice. Well, I guess he didn’t listen to her and wrote the book anyway, and I am excited to read it. I really hope that he made an effort to get back to his writing roots with this book. I loved early and middle Grisham, but found myself uninterested in his recent stuff.

After that I plan on reading Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down and Changed Who We Are My husband and I have different ideas about the needs for these type medications and I am interested to read a researched perspective.

Summary: A compelling and troubling exploration of a generation raised on antidepressants, and a book that combines expansive interviews with substantive research-based reporting, Coming of Age on Zoloft is a vitally important and immediately engrossing study of one of America’s most pressing and omnipresent issues: our growing reliance on prescription drugs. Katherine Sharpe, the former editor of Seed magazine’s ScienceBlogs.com, addresses the questions that millions of young men and women are struggling with. “Where does my personality end and my prescription begin?” “Do I have a disease?” “Can I get better on my own?” Combining stout scientific acumen with first-person experience gained through her own struggle with antidepressants, Sharpe leads the reader through a complex subject, a guide towards a clearer future for all.

And Tori Spelling has a new book out today, Spelling It Like It Is. Say what you will about Spelling ( or you may not say anything as she doesn’t cross your mind), but I like her because she is refreshingly honest and offers a behind the scene glimpse into her life as one of Hollywood’s “rich” and “famous”.

Summary Tori Spelling is the first to admit that the “real­ity” behind her popular television show, Tori & Dean, isn’t always real. Not even Star magazine could invent the true chaos that happens behind the scenes. Luckily, Tori is famously honest and self-deprecatingly funny when it comes to her per­sonal life. She’s always Spelling It Like It Is. . . .

Life is never boring at Tori’s house, but since the release of her New York Times bestselling memoirs sTORI Telling, Mommywood, and Un­charted terriTORI, things have been especially unpredictable: finding out she was pregnant with her third baby after nearly vomiting live on the Home Shopping Network; trying to hide her fourth pregnancy so soon after giving birth (as her stylist said, “Who would be that crazy?”); be­ing rescued from a paparazzo by a mom lynch mob; stalking her celebrity neighbor; and allow­ing cameras to film every personal detail of her life—from the most challenging time in her mar­riage to the only time in six years when she really felt as though those cameras invaded her privacy.

Tori shares these stories and many more with the usual humor, candor, and down-to-earth charm that her fans love. She also writes openly about her biggest challenges: the terrifying health problems surrounding her high-risk pregnancy with her youngest son, Finn; her guilt over missing baby Hattie’s early months because she was in the hospital on bed rest; her struggles (and failures) to live within her means after growing up in opulence; the discovery that she has a lot in common with her late mega-producer father, Aaron Spelling; and how she fell in love with Dean all over again (hint: it didn’t happen at their vow renewal ceremony).

After Tori I am on to Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Riverbank, also out today. I mean how can you not read a book with that awesome of a title?


In this always sensible and mildly profane etiquette manual for the modern age Celia Rivenbark addresses real-life quandaries ranging from how to deal with braggy playground moms to wondering if you can have sex in your aunt’s bed on vacation to correctly grieving the dearly departed (hint: it doesn’t include tattoos or truck decals).  Rude Bitches Make Me Tired will provide answers to all your mannerly questions as Celia discusses the social conundrums of our day and age, including:

  • Navigating the agonies of check splitting (“Who had the gorgonzola crumbles and should we really care?”)
  • The baffling aspects of airline travel (such as “Recline Monster” and other animals)
  • The art of the visit (always leave them wanting more . . . much more)
  • Gym and locker etiquette (hint: no one wants to talk to you while you’re buck naked)
  • Office manners (“Loud talkers, cake hawkers, and Britney Sue’s unfortunate cyst”)
  • And much more!

Then I think I will try The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This book has been getting a lot of pub.


MEET DON TILLMAN, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She also is strangely beguiling, fiery, and intelligent. And while Don quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, as a DNA expert Don is particularly suited to help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut will resonate with anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of great challenges. The Rosie Project is a rare find: a book that restores our optimism in the power of human connection.

So how about that KSB? Not a depressing one in the bunch!

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