The last five …

When I was in college I’d read 2 books a week, at least that. I also was on the Dean’s list. Life was simple – come home to my one-bedroom apartment, pet the cat, make dinner from an avocado or a potato, study for an hour and read for four hours.

Life will never be that simple again.

But, I still read. Not as much as I used to, but still as much as I can.

Here’s what I just finished:

1. The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison. Wow! I love morally corrupt characters and here was a book loaded with them. Told with beautiful descriptions and he story line was equally as smart as Gone Girl!.

2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Very strong writing and I loved following Theo through the twisted life he doesn’t often choose, but he makes the best of. This isa great summer book, 771 pages of images to be enjoyed and not rushed!

3. The Dinner by Herman Koch. I would have said, (or actually I did think this ) how interesting could a book be that takes place in one evening at one restaurant in Amsterdam? Well, it was extremely engrossing and I couldn’t stop reading. I admire Mr. Koch for pulling this off. A great book of how scene and character make the story work, with a mystery rumbling underneath it all.

4. Room by Emma Donoghue. Okay. I am so jealous I didn’t write this! I loved it and here’s why. The story is told from a child’s point of view, detailing the actives that take place in his world, which as the books expands, we find that he and his mother live their days out in a room, home to him, but prison to her. Their bond is enduring and what this mother goes through to make her son’s life “normal” is brave and enduring.

5. The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I had no idea what to expect out of this book. It’s a magical, fast read and Gaiman has an easy style that pulls you in and keeps you going. Full of universal themes and myth, it’s easy to believe this has happened.