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2013 September 17


So the good news is, since my last post about reading, I have still managed to find time to keep doing it. It wasn’t just a dream!

I finished Lean In just yesterday. The truth is, I bounced back and forth between this book and another, and I am wondering if that diluted its impact for me a little. I was ready to read it and come out feeling inspired and driven and motivated…but instead, I was kind of depressed. It painted a pretty solemn picture of life as a woman in today’s career world, and an even bleaker image of life as a working mother and rather than getting advice and tips from it, I felt like it left me feeling unsure and anxious about my career path. I am reading it at a very interesting point in my career so personal factors certainly played a role in how I read into it, but overall, I didn’t get that much from it. And I really wanted to. Did you read it? Did I miss the point altogether? Because like I said, I was going from that to…

Sharp Objects. Woah. A friend of mine recommended this to me a while back after I complained about the Gone Girl ending. She mentioned that it was a little disturbing but more satisfying in the end than the author’s breakout hit. She was right. This book is creepy and disturbing and detailed and frankly, a little f*cked up. But it’s a great read. It’s a finish-it-in-two-days-because-you-can’t-put-it-down read. Again, I felt like the ending was a little rushed, but not in a frustrating way like Gone Girl. You kind of want it to end, but you don’t at the same time. I would definitely recommend it if you like Gillian Flynn’s style of story telling.

Next up: I need something to lighten the mood around here so I opted for Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I have heard great things about this Summer hit (though leave it to me to wait for Fall) so I’m excited to dive into it this week. After that, I think I will jump on the Wild bandwagon next.

What are you reading these days? Would love any new recommendations you may have!

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  1. September 17, 2013

    I think you’ll enjoy Bernadette. It’s light but very clever and well-written. I loved Sharp Objects- definitely check out Dark Places as well.

    I did get a lot out of Lean In. I didn’t see it as bleak but I do think working women have a lot to overcome. I got a few good tips on salary negotiation and the value of growth in a job rather than just higher pay.

    Did you read Me Before You? That’s another light(er) but really riveting read.

  2. Stella permalink
    September 17, 2013

    Wild is awesome. I just started Sisterhood and its great so far. Happy reading.

  3. janine permalink
    September 17, 2013

    i second the dark places recc; hated gone girl with a passion but dark places sounds a lot like your description of sharp objects-thoroughly effed up but couldn’t put it down. if you’d like something a little lighter but still sort of creepy i highly recommend “miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children”

  4. Lindsay permalink
    September 17, 2013

    I picked up Wild in the airport last month on a whim and LOVED it! I couldn’t put it down. I’ve heard mixed reviews of Bernadette, I’m excited to see how you like it!

  5. Brynn permalink
    September 18, 2013

    I’ve heard so many things about Where’d You Go, Bernadette so I can’t wait to hear what you think. I read the preview on my Kindle but couldn’t commit to the whole book. Also, I just added Sharp Objects to my reading list!

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