QOTW: Would you rather have the ability to make healthy foods you eat taste 'better' (ex: you could eat broccoli and it would taste exactly like eating french fries if you wanted) OR would you like to have a maid that would do a surface clean (vacuum/dust/wipe counters) once every other week for life for free?
Post by rainbowchip on Feb 21, 2020 12:03:48 GMT -5
I read China Rich Girlfriend. I didn't think it was as strong as the first in the series.
I also finished The Soul of America. It was a great history book but still a history book.
I'm currently reading Rich People Problems. It's got the feel of the China Rich Girlfriend. I'm going to start She Said on audio today and will pick up The Bookish Life of Nina Hill from the library this afternoon.
QOTW: the food thing for sure! Though I don't hate healthy food by any means! I'd rather have a chef to prepare the healthy foods for me.
I read Nothing to See Here. Quirky and enjoyable. I also read Wild Game and loved it. The author's mother reminds me a lot of my grandmother (in negative ways) so it was kind of cathartic/relieving to relate to someone else's experience with someone similar. I told my mom she had to read it.
I started and stopped The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. :/ I just couldn't get into it. Sorry guys!
I'm reading Trust Exercise now. I'm not sure where it's going but I know there have been a lot of mixed reviews of it. I'm curious to discover which side I fall on.
I’ve just started The End of Ice - Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption by Dahr Jamail. Otherwise, I’ve made next to no progress with books in the last two weeks due to a ton of volunteer/extra things all coming up at once. Hopefully, next week is a little lighter, and I can read more.
I finished The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and also Raising a Screen-Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age by Julianna Miner, 4*. I started The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne last night.
QOTW: I would rather have a cook. Food always seems to taste better when someone else makes it. I actually don't mind cleaning. It's a way to decompress.
Post by wesleycrusher on Feb 21, 2020 16:41:35 GMT -5
The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (audio) Code Name: Lise. The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams
QOTW: cleaning (unless the cooking tasting better comes with a cook)
I finished The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez, which wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be, and then reread Catching Fire. Now on another middle grade book, Everblaze, the third in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. I liked one and two better but this is good enough to keep going with it.
QOTW: maid maid maid a million times maid. I’m a good cook and I make tasty healthy meals, but I hate cleaning.
Reading Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwall. It’s pretty gory so far, but I am enjoying the continuation of the characters. I didn’t really listen to my audio books this week, except our family sessions of Harry Potter the half blood prince.
Post by sassypants on Feb 22, 2020 11:00:46 GMT -5
I'm still reading The Last Castle. I've had a lot going on and just haven't had time to devote further to it. It's not a "compelling" read, as it were, so I'm less motivated to try to get through it.
I'm listening to Origin by Dan Brown. I picked it because I thought it would keep my attention while I was exercising, and it is, but mostly I'm yelling at the stupidity of the characters. I mean, Robert Langdon is supposed to be a Harvard professor, but he's dumb as a box of rocks! Also, the book would be a lot shorter if Brown didn't feel the need to redescribe established plot points over and over.
QOTW: Definitely a cleaner. I cook and DH does dishes/cleans counters, but he super sucks at the counter part. I always have to go behind him and I'd rather someone else did it.
I finished Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. It left me with some mixed feelings. Clearly, Elizabeth Holmes (and others) did some bad things with Theranos. But, the author's indignation at the end about her claims of sexism also turned me against him. It's possible for both things to be true at the same time: that a woman can be corrupt and deserve to lose her company and that the reporting on her can be sexist.
QOTW: cleaning, for sure. I like a lot of healthy foods but an chronically out of time.
sassypants, I recently finished listening to Origin and agree that the characters made some bad choices. I am also tired of books where the (few) female characters are primarily there to serve as a love interest to one of the men or a plot device for him to explain his "brilliance."
I remember really enjoying The Da Vinci Code. I wonder if it was actually better or if I was less aware of the gender dynamics back then.