I love all things pop culture. I can’t even lie about it. I pride myself on knowing a little bit about EVERYTHING! But living in the sticks with three kids who go to bed at 8:00 doesn’t leave a lot of time for museums, theater, or fine dining, but it’s custom made for the guy who lives vicariously through books, television, and the internet.
Here are a few of my recent adventures. Let me know (in the comments below) if we share a few of the same interests, or even better – share with me what you know that I don’t. I’ll start with books today, and finish up with TV and maybe a little internet tomorrow.
I am ALMOST finished reading The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. This novel came highly recommended by my Mom. As usual, she’s chosen wisely. It’s like she really knows me, you know? Anyhow, Goldfinch is a rather long book about a kid, Theo, who eventually becomes a man. At the center of the story is a painting called The Goldfinch, natch. The story is winding and at times hopeful, at times devastating, and at times frustrating – but always beautifully and poetically written. Theo doesn’t always make the choice I would, which makes me yell at the book. My cousin Shawn says if you get sad when bad things happen to the character, you’ve invested yourself in them, and that’s a win for the author.
Speaking of Shawn, HE has written a crime story/murder mystery/love story that I won’t reveal the title to. I, along with a few other lucky souls, have been charged with reading the second draft and editing for content and grammar. I’ve never had this kind of opportunity before. I’m not as close to finished as I am with the Goldfinch, but hope to finish in the next week. As I dig into Draft 2, he sends occasional texts revealing what he’s excited about in Draft 3, so I won’t reveal any details of this book yet, as they may change before the finished product comes to market. I will say this – it’s exciting, tightly written, and has me on the edge of my seat! I’m excited to finish, and very proud of my ‘cuz.
Lastly, as I finish out the last 90 minutes of my Goldfinch audio book, I’ll be transitioning smoothly into Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn. I’ve declared my infatuation for Gillian on here before. I usually like to follow an author from the start, and watch them develop over time. In this case, I found Gone Girl first, and have happily worked my way backwards. I loved Dark Places, her second novel, and can’t wait to see her debut effort.
So, that’s me. What are you reading? Are you pleased? What do you recommend?