Summary: My February 2015 Reading Results were better than January’s, but not where I want to be.
Bottom line: I really need to get to the gym more often.
I station myself on a treadmill, set my kindle on the book rack, and let the book “take me away” while I walk.
Really, if I have a good book I will go to the gym more often and walk as long as possible. As long as possible = Given that my gym is at work, the more I walk the later I will end up working.
The only time this strategy did not work was when I was reading The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. I had high expectations and did not want to get caught up in the story and then have to drag myself away in the middle.
Books Bought February 2015
|Leaving Time||Jodi Picoult|
|The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins|
I had read about Gangsterland in the NY Times Sunday Book Review, and had recommended it to my Temple Book Club. As with The Grifters, again from the NY Times Book Review and a recommendation to my other book club, I just went ahead and read it on my own, without waiting for the others to join me.
I wouldn’t say that I loved Gangsterland, but I would say that I loved certain parts of it…especially when the Rabbis were portrayed irreverently! Some of my friends say that they choose a temple based on the rabbi, but I have never liked to give the clergy that much distinction. I choose based on the community because I feel I would spend more time with the other members than with the clergy. (And between you and me, I rarely pay attention to the sermons because I often feel that they are sanctimonious, and I have no patience for that kind of attitude.)
So a story that has an American-Italian mobster impersonating a Rabbi was highly enjoyable!
February 2015 Reading
|Leaving Time||Jodi Picoult||Fair|
|The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins||Good!!!|
|The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town that Raised Them||Amy Dickinson||Did not finish|
|Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line||Michael Gibney||Not interested|
|Fall of Giants||Ken Follett||Have not finished|
I wasn’t sure if I should put Fall of Giants on the list yet. A friend has lent me the hardcover, and I also borrowed the e-edition when I went away for a weekend. But I’ve barely cracked it open, and have only read through the family listings before the story begins. BUT…I have heard rave reviews, and it is on the To Read list, so alas, it is included.
Sous Chef is about how a restaurant kitchen operates over the course of 24 hours. Turns out I wasn’t as interested as I thought! And I was disappointed in Amy Dickinson’s book, and I hate to say that because I love her on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
As of February reading, I was biding my time to sink my teeth into The Girl on the Train. It is now March when I’ve finished it, so I will be quite proper (Downton Abbey-speak!) and wait till next month’s post to give you my review. (Sneak Peek: if you are thinking about reading it, do so!)
Since I have so few books on my list this month, I would have to say that the one I recommend most is Gangsterland. It has interesting perspectives on modern mobsters, religion, and relationships.