Mmmmm books. I read some mighty fine ones the past week and a half or so.
First up, I got V is for Vengeance out of the library, and even though I wasn’t sure where I left off exactly in Sue Grafton’s alphabet mystery series, I think I actually got it right. Anyway, the book is another wonderful segment of the Kinsey Millhone series. Grafton purposefully keeps her protagonist in the ’80s, so she does all her sleuthing and crime solving using index cards, landline phones, answering machines, and good old shoe leather and persistence… and without the aid of the internet or fancy gadgets. Unless you count lock picks as fancy, because she definitely uses those. Kinsey is one of those protagonists I love because she runs everyday even though she hates it, drinks bad wine, swears more than is considered lady like, has an old man for a neighbor who bakes her delicious things, tends to be a little hermit-like, and she’s got killer instincts. Basically, put me in the eighties and we’d almost be the same person.
Next up, I’ve been perusing Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life, about using ecologically safe household products and eating organic (plus other topics). I completely judged this book by its cover and had no idea how good it’d be. Let me say it: it’s good. It’s very realistic and simple to understand, and doesn’t make you feel bad if you don’t eat 100% organic, 100% of the time. It’s mostly a book about educating yourself on the products you use everyday, in a very personal way, and how their ingredients can affect you and your family, and how to make realistic changes to your lifestyle to be healthier. It’s worth a read.
I know anyone who’s ever considered writing has probably heard of Anne Lamott, and maybe even read Bird by Bird. I’d never read any of her actual fiction until this week though. Imperfect Birds was awesome. It’s one of those books that makes me wonder how somebody could be so talented to write about everyday life in such an intricate, non-boring way. I read it in two days. That being said, it doesn’t have a plot that propels you along at that pace, but it doesn’t encourage you to take breaks either.
I also started Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. A few months ago I devoured and became enamored with the original Persepolis. I’m about halfway in, and my only gripe is that so far Marjane Satrapi has only recapped what occurred in the first book. So I’ve been wondering if this is going anywhere, or what the deal is. I’m sure I’ll finish it within the next week and decide if it’s worth a glance or not.
What are you guys reading this week?