I’m lagging again.
Not in my reading, just in my writing. Since my last post I’ve finished three more books – and each of them was pretty great.
The first was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Earlier this year I read another of her books (The Girl You Left Behind) and enjoyed it, so I requested this one from the library as well. I loved it. Me Before You is about an unemployed British girl stuck in a dead-end relationship who gets a job as an assistant for a quadriplegic. It could be corny or predictable, but it really isn’t. The characters are well rounded and sympathetic. A nice, good read.
The second was The Circle by Dave Eggers. In a very near future The Circle connects everyone. Social media turned up several notches, it layers in your financial information with your duty to vote and of course your connections with everyone you know – and don’t. Mae gets a job at The Circle’s incredible campus thanks to a friend who holds a top position there, and becomes enmeshed in The Circle’s environment, community and philosophy. As she becomes immersed in the ways of The Circle, there were times when I needed to stop reading and take a break because it felt too close. It’s hyper-real and extremely easy to imagine in a terrifying way. Dystopian future done right. A great read.
Finally, I just finished reading Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart – another excellent book. This is the memoir of Russian-born author Gary Shteyngart who outlines his early years in Leningrad, his family’s move to America, his immigrant experience at a New York Jewish school and then later at a Manhattan school for smart kids, his college years and his evolution into an author. Highly entertaining, it’s often very funny, and often just sad. Not quite Sedaris, but a worthwhile read.
That’s it for now. I’m 19 books into my 52 book challenge (37% done).
What’s next? I haven’t decided yet…