April 1, 2014

reading list


Very British Problems by Rob Temple. The second I saw this book on Amazon.com, I knew I had to buy it for my English husband. The author is so dead on with the “problems” that delightfully neurotic Brits face on a regular basis (e.g. “Feeling it’s the right moment to attempt a cheeky wink, regretting it immediately and trying to pretend you actually have something in your eye.”). A light, funny read that will remain a permanent fixture on our coffee table from this day forth.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. In its April 2014 issue, Elle magazine asked their favorite serious female novelists to recommend works of fiction by their favorite serious female novelists. Ruth Ozeki’s pick, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, is an award-winning tale of “loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences” (Amazon.com). Sounds like the perfect book to pack along on my road trip to central Oregon next month.

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh. Drawing comparisons to Winter’s Bone and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl series, The Weight of Blood promises to be an enthralling suspense novel with a setting as menacing as its characters. Ordering my copy in 3…2…1…

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. A business book that breaks the mold. Forget the competition, stop planning, and start doing.