What have you been reading this week? Despite running a bit behind on my reading schedule thanks to watching The Voice, I still managed to spend lots of quality time reading. I need to get back to revamping a novel I wrote but in the meantime, I’m finding inspiration in books that other people wrote. Namely these!
I read Lena Dunham’s memoir last weekend, it was quick and funny. In a nutshell, it’s her private (not anymore) musings and things that happened to her while growing up. I thought it was entertaining and I did laugh out loud a few times.
Here’s what else I’ve been reading:
The Lodger by Louisa Treger
Just finished this last night. Its a very quick read, not a large book, but very well written. I never knew much about the writer H.G. Wells or his affair with Dorothy Richardson.The Lodger explores their relationship and Dorothy’s growth from a dental secretary to a writer in her own right. This was a brilliant first novel and I look forward to more from Louisa Treger.
Goodreads synopsis: Dorothy exists just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist’s surgery and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend. Jane recently married a writer who is hovering on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie as he is known to friends.
Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signalling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy is not convinced her friend is happy with this arrangement.
Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back, Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives at the house—striking unconventional Veronica Leslie-Jones, determined to live life on her own terms—and Dorothy finds herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal dramas and wreckage of the militant suffragette movement, Dorothy finds her voice as a writer.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult’s novels and this one didn’t let me down. I learned a lot about elephants in this particular book and now find them fascinating although some of the research included in the book was pretty dense.
I tore through this novel, wanting to know how everything came together in the end. I really liked the character of downtrodden Serenity Jones, a former celebrity psychic.
Goodreads synopsis: For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.
As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.
Last but not least, I am currently reading The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU by Mike Dooley.
I am only in the beginning chapters so I don’t have a lot to say about this book but so far I find it both uplifting and comforting. To be honest, the idea of dying freaks me out and its something I worry about a lot. So I was certainly looking forward to reading this and gaining insight.
“I know this may come as a shock, and you know I’m not fond of using stale one-liners, but—‘reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.’ I’m as alive now as I was on the day we met, except, maybe, more so.”
If the dead could speak, don’t you wonder what they would say to those of us they’ve left behind? What would they tell us to soothe our sorrow for their loss, calm our fears of what happens when we die, and fire us up to live the best possible lives we can right now?
In pages filled with wisdom, humor, and, yes, joy, New York Times best-selling author Mike Dooley explores our most pressing and profound questions about the afterlife—and this life—from the fresh perspective of those who have made the transition to the next phase. Among the revelations and insights they share:
• We were ready; you are not.
• There’s no such thing as a devil or hell.
• We’re sorry for any pain we may have caused.
• Your pets are just as crazy, brilliant, and loving here as they were there.
• Nothing we say can prepare you for the beauty of the moment you arrive.
You’ll learn that our loved ones are not lost to us; that our time on earth is both a school and an adventure; that, all appearances to the contrary, life truly is fair; and that we have it in us to reshape our own fortunes, starting today.
Of course I have to mention my own novel, available on Kindle right now!