September 23, 2012

A List of Four: What I'm Reading

My current audio book is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I'm thinking this may have been a mistake - it's super suspenseful, and the slow narration pace is kind of killing me. But, I like both of the narrators, so I think I'll stick with the audio version.  

If you've missed all the Gone Girl hype this summer - the basic premise is this: Amy and Nick are rather unhappily married. Amy goes missing on their 5th anniversary. The story is told in alternating chapters between Amy's journal, starting back when she met Nick, and Nick in the present day - narrating the events that occur after Amy goes missing. I'm just getting to the point where I sense something super twisty coming...

For Shelf Awareness I'm reading Jon Meacham's Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power . It doesn't come out till November, so luckily I have a couple more weeks to finish it, because it is a dense book. But it's quite informative so far - I really didn't know much about Jefferson's childhood and college days.

If you follow me on Goodreads, you've probably also noticed me blowing through tons of middle grade fiction. I don't want to say too much about that yet (because I'm reading them for an awesome project I'm working on!), but I just have to say that I adore good kids' books. They're really perfect bedtime reading too - interesting enough that I won't fall asleep, but not so interesting that I can't put them down!

I think my favorite kids' book I've read this week is Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes. (Yes, it's the one mentioned on You've Got Mail). I don't know how I never read this as a kid - because I would have loved it. I can't wait to read more of Streatfeild's books!

And, I finally finished Mansfield Park. I had listened to about 80% of it on that audio app I like, but then it mysteriously deleted itself, and rather than download the whole thing again I lugged my heavy "Complete Jane Austen" upstairs and finished it. I almost quit in the middle, because I just didn't care about Fanny or Edmund or Mary and Henry Crawford that much, but I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. The end was nice. And now I can officially say I've read all of Jane Austen's books.

What have YOU been reading? 
Did you all read Ballet Shoes as a kid?

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