#FridayReads- January 21, 2011

Posted 21 January, 2011 by DLWhite in Writers Read 0 Comments

This is my first time participating in #FridayReads, started by The Book Studio’s Bethanne Patrick. We talk about what we’re reading. We tag it on twitter as #FridayReads. Simple as that!

I have a few irons in the fire, as always:

The Kitchen House I’m “reading” this via audio book. It was a slow start, but I’m becoming completely hooked by it, to the point where I will get home from work and sit in the car for another 10 minutes to get to the end of a chapter. This story is told by 2 narrators– Lavinia, who is an Irish orphan turned indentured servant, and Belle, the biracial daughter of the plantation owner. There is… so much drama in this book and I know I could read it faster than I’m listening to it, but I’m MUCH enjoying the distraction from traffic. Even if I’m just going across the street to St@rbucks, I make sure I bring the iPhone, so I can listen to a few minutes. I love historical fiction and this totally fits the bill.

Glorious I don’t know what’s with this book. I read McFadden’s Sugar, and the follow up This Bitter Earth.  I couldn’t get into the Black Magic theme of This Bitter Earth, but it was still written leaps and bounds better than Glorious. It seems to me like this book was spat out and published, unedited, beta-ed, read for clarity…I’m reading it because  I want to know what happens in the story, but I’m disappointed in the book itself.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers- I’m a weirdo, and I watch a lot of shows on forensic science, investigation, things like that. CSI in its early years was a staple on my TiVO, until the stories became more about drama, less about science, and even then it was more science fiction. I watch a lot of Forensic Files, The Investigators, Dr G, Medical Examiner, simply because I am intrigued by such things. I thought I would really dig into this book and it was initially really interesting, talking about how much had changed in how doctors performed surgeries,  and then later changes in autopsy and burial. At the point I’ve reached, Roach is droning on and on about the cadavers and human lives and feelings and I find I just don’t care about who the cadavers used to be. Tell me about what the cadavers are doing now, and why, and HOW. Ugh. I’m pushing through, but slowly. I’ll give it a few more chapters before I hang it up.

What are YOU reading? Tell me (us) about it, tweet it and don’t forget to add the hashtag #FridayReads!

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