by Rebecca Cantrell
Sorry for the late post. I've been distracted by Kona Ironman and Kona Ironmen.
I'm just going to list what I'm reading right now. I hate ranking things, especially books. I love them all (except for those really terrible ones, and I'm not going into that here).
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
It's a terrific non-fiction account of Berlin in the late 1930s. My only complaint is that he didn't write it 5 years earlier and save me a lot of time in researching. A mesmerizing account of the Dodd family's experiences in Berlin when he was called there as ambassador. It was wonderful fun reading about some of the characters in my books. Grad students take note: Martha Dodd deserves a book all her own.
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Finished this a few months ago, but it stuck with me, so I'm putting it in here. It's a satire of an only slightly futuristic America. It starts slow, but then sucked me into a world where everyone is connected to the Internet via handheld devices and the government owes a fortune to China and your credit rating is the most important number in your life and...maybe not that futuristic after all. The world was so close to real and eerie that it was scary. Maybe the scariest book I read this year so far.
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
I've read this a couple of times, and I just started it again. Part of me is appalled at how much I like that bad boy vampire, and part of me is enthralled by her wonderfully descriptive writing.
I'm also reading the Guardian's of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky aloud to my son. We're on Book 8, "The Outcast," and I'm constantly amazed by the places she takes the story. The language is wonderful so it's a terrific read aloud, and it's a nice long set of books, so you can spend hours and hours curled up in that world.
I'm pretty sure any psychologist could have a field day with these three choices.
What are YOU reading?