Reading Roundup

Hello folks,

I’m just starting to get past my winter slump of mainlining Netflix series directly into my veins.  Something about cold weather and “winter break” makes it impossible not to watch 6 seasons of Gossip Girl over the course of 2 weeks.  It’s not just me, right?  (Disclaimer: I realize Gossip Girl is a terrible show with mostly unlikable characters, but I can’t turn away from the Chuck and Blair storyline.  It’s my guilty pleasure. #ChuckandBlair4Evah)

Getting past the tv slump, simply means books have replaced my favorite shows because LEARNING.  I feel like my brain function is slowly returning to me, one little neuron fire after another.

I started slowly by reading Heat Wave, by “Richard Castle”, which is actually a book based on a tv show.  I told you, I was in a Netflix stupor!


If you hate reading, but love watching tv, the Richard Castle books are for you.  It reads more like a script than a novel, with so many pop culture references and grammatical errors, it’s almost impossible to read.  One sentence actually used the term “cray-cray”.  I thought the whole book was a joke, but diehard fans of the show (Jonathan) will probably need to own all books in the series.  Not that I know anything about that…*cough*.

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

handmaids tale

I thought I would love this book.  It has everything I usually love: a dystopian future, a female author, and strong feminist themes.  However, the execution was a heavy-handed and boring, despite great reviews on Amazon.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

gone girl

The perspective and narration were totally unique and unexpected for a who-dun-it.  It was definitely a page turner and took me by surprise.  However, I was still hoping for a bit more complexity…I don’t know how to describe what was lacking, but I would give it a 3 out of 4 stars.

The Rule of Four, by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason.


This book was heady and elitist, in part because it was set at Princeton University, but it was still intriguing.  It had a lot of similarities to the Dan Brown series, but I have to say I prefer Dan Brown.  Overall, it was a decent historical adventure.

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, by Stephen King.

different seasons

This was my first time reading Stephen King, but I knew the story from the movie.  I was surprised to discover the story was actually a novella and only 150 or so pages long.  It’s incredible how well you know the characters in that amount of time.  The writing was impeccable.  I’m in the middle of his second novella in the Different Seasons series entitled, Apt Pupil, which is equally enthralling.

After all of that reading, I was a little disappointed that I only really liked Gone Girl and Shawshank.  I clearly need help picking out my next book.

Do you have any recommendations?  What are you reading right now?

2 thoughts on “Reading Roundup

  1. I’m so bummed to hear that The Handmaid’s Tale didn’t live up to the hype. I just finished One Simple Change by Winnie Abramson–lived it! I’m also reading The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan…because obviously I’m forever fourteen.

    • Kir, a lot of people LOVED The Handmaid’s Tale, so you might want to read it for yourself. The style of writing was good, but I kept waiting for something to happen.
      I’ll check those two books out. I’m always on the hunt for something new!

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