Although my magazine pile is once again growing (because the arriving issues are being massively ignored--not for lack of interest, just for lack of time!) I have actually read quite a few books recently.
For book club I read The Cuckoo's Calling, which was wonderful. It's the book that was written by J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) under a pseudonym (Robert Galbraith). Even though I loved the Harry Potter series, I probably would not have picked this book on my own. I'm so glad it was chosen for book club, because I really loved it! I hope she writes another to continue it as a series. It was great.
I also read Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris. I wanted to read it because I was going to see him speak at CSUN with mom and Amy on 11/16/13 and thought it would be good to read his most recent book before I saw him. In the end, it didn't really matter whether I had read it or not. He did touch on some of the topics from the book that night, but not too many. Honestly, I thought the book was just good. Not great, but good. Not my favorite of his (he has some I truly loved, like Me Talk Pretty One Day) but still enjoyable. Seeing him live is wonderful! I have only ever seen him live once before--at UCLA sometime around 2004? I don't remember the exact date. Both were wonderful evenings and if you enjoy him as an author, you should definitely see him do a reading. I laughed so hard I cried--several times. The man in the row in front of us had such a fantastic and unique laugh, that sometimes Amy and I were just laughing with him (not really at him, since it was not meant to mock!) The whole evening was a lot of fun.
Most recently I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I loved this book, but I found it so emotionally intense! I am probably not doing it justice by always qualifying my review with how much it hit me emotionally. I often cry during books, but this was seriously some of the saddest, most gut-wrenching crying I have ever done while reading a book. I think I scared Lucy at one point. :) Anyway, it was really a fantastic book and I am definitely interested in reading more by this author now. Even though I was super emotional the day I finished it, I am so, so glad I read it. This is one I will remember for a long time.
Here's one of the quotes that stood out to me while reading the book:
"It's just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man--the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated offspring--you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one.
I looked at Will and I saw the baby I held in my arms, dewily besotted, unable to believe that I had created another human being. I saw the toddler, reaching for my hand, the schoolboy weeping tears of fury after being bullied by some other child. I saw the vulnerabilities, the love, the history." (p. 110)