Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review // Grunt, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Girls and Sex, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend and Heat and Light

I completed my 101 in 1001 goal of reading 100 books!  I wasn't exactly expecting it to be difficult, and it wasn't, but I did like going back over my list and remembering a few favorites from the last year or so.  As usual in the summer, I've been ripping through books, so I picked a few favorites to review below!

Grunt // I've never read Mary Roach before, but put the rest of her books on hold once I finished this.  In general, this book is about military science, but in Roach fashion, she focuses on the minutiae and explains it in detail. I LOVED her approach, and really felt like I learned a lot about how our military works as a whole.  Her writing style is conversational, and I laughed out loud a few times, but she also does a great job presenting concise and factual information, with a lot of experts weighing in.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child // I was extremely thankful to have been able to see that play in it's first week of being open, and I didn't read the book until after I saw it.  I think that, if you read the script as a book, it would be pretty tough.  If you read it as, effectively, a screenplay, and are able to visualize it in your head, it's more enjoyable. There were lots of things I loved about the story, and lots that I didn't.  For me, it definitely isn't the 8th HP book, but I'm grateful that we got a bit more closure on the story as a whole.

Girls and Sex // I fit kind of a funny demographic for this book - I'm not too much older than the woman this book is written about, and am not parenting anyone in their teens, but I still felt like I learned so much.  The book is about, well, girls and sex. And how puberty and society interact to make this really incredibly difficult situation to navigate, especially for 13 year olds. My favorite thing is that the author is able to, for the most part, allow the girls to tell their own stories - tons of quotes and anecdotes, with limited analysis.  Recommended  reading for anyone with a daughter, especially prior to puberty.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend // I read Valiant Ambition, the book about Benedict Arnold and George Washington (liked it, hated the ending) and was really craving something light and frothy.  This book delivered.  The basic plot is that a Swedish woman shows up in America to spend a month with her pen friend, and realizes that her friend has passed away, so she stays and sets up a life, including a book shop.  Nothing about this book is revolutionary, but the characters are sweet and enjoyable, the plot moves along at a reasonable pace, and it's ideal beach/vacation reading.

Heat and Light //  When Overdrive let me know that this book was available off my hold list, I genuinely had no idea how it had gotten there in the first place.  I also thought it was one of those harlequin romances, not a real book.  Well, it's about natural gas fracking and the (sometime significant) impact that process has, so I was way off assuming Fabio would run through.  Though not a light book, it's beautifully written, and I learned a lot about how America's energy resources are managed. Also, I was pleased to have made a Web MD style diagnosis that ended up being correct on one of the crazier characters.

1 comment:

  1. Does someone in Heat and Light have Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma?