Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (audible)
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (audible)
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Talk about starting the New Year off on the wrong foot. The first two books I read (listened) to in the New Year were just quite simply--- not for me. I actually kind of hated them both... let's start at the top.
Outlander- Ok I don't get what people love about this book so much. This just reminded me of something a lonely housewife would read. Yet, tons of insanely fulfilled, brilliant women love this book (and show). The whole premise is that a woman in the year 1945 at some wiccan stone circle goes way back in time in Scotland. She gets picked up by this one clan and through a series of events ends up marrying one of the clansmen even though she is already married in her other life. Then cue hundreds of pages (or hours) of these two people having tons of sex. And then there's some awkward man on man rape scenes. This was just not for me. I felt like I was listening to pornography the whole time, not literature. The only thing I liked about this book was the setting and the fact that it was read by the same woman that read The Mists of Avalon.
Seveneves- My friend might kill me if she reads this because technically she picked this book for our little book club to read when I had temporarily quit our book club (for many reasons). But then I decided to come back to the book club and then this was the book they were reading. It's awful. It's like reading an instruction manual. I really don't have much nice to say about this book but here's the premise: the moon gets hit by an "agent" and blows up into 7 pieces. Scientists figure out that there is going to be a "hard rain" that will last for thousands of years on the earth and that all human life will cease to exist. So they start sending people up to the International Space Station. A whole bunch of dumb stuff happens and basically only seven women who can still reproduce are left and they are the Seven Eves. Have I lost you yet? The best part is where the seven women talk about things like mental health and if they can create a race without it. Most of this book though was very scientific and boring AF.
Just Kids- Finally a book that is more my speed and style. I saw a friend of mine post about this on instagram, and I told him that I have this book on my shelf but still hadn't read it. He told me that was funny because he thought of how I would love that book. And I did. Most people I know who have read this book rave about it and it deserves all the praise. Truly. It's beautifully written. Can't wait to read her follow up (which is also on my shelf).
What books are you looking forward to reading this year?