The last couple of posts have been pretty heavy, so... Books! Whenever I read a book review, I basically just skip to the bit where it says recommend/not recommend. So I figured I'd cut the crap and just write mini reviews. Also, I'm lazy.
24 For 3 - Jennie Walker Novella following fifty-something couple and their teenage son. Neat plot but the cricket metaphor gets old quickly. It's alright, I wouldn't bother sticking it on the wishlist though.
At Home - Bill Bryson Not-so-short history of private life. Interesting and accessible without being patronising. Felt liked I learned a lot, although it did feel like hard going in places. Worth reading if you're interested in the subject, but if you want a more fast-paced Bryson book I'd recommend Notes From A Small Island or The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? - Mindy Kaling Part autobiography, part musings on life. The ultimate in light reading. It probably won't blow your mind but it does have quite a few laugh out loud moments (I mean that literally, I got some funny looks on the bus).
One Day by David Nicholls Will they/won't they epic. Lived up to the hype, and I read it in two days which is always a good sign! Definitely recommended (although I think I might have been the last person in the Western world to read it anyway).
Unsticky by Sarra Manning Grace meets Vaughn, gets very quickly out of her depth. Yes it's chick-lit, but it's good chick lit. 50 Shades without the BDSM, but with decent writing. Top draw holiday/guilty pleasure reading.
Note to self: write blog post about how much I actually hate the term 'chick lit'.
Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin (Cattle guru and woman with autism) Grandin's part-autobiography and part-autism overview. Loved the mix of inspiring personal insights, summaries of autism research, and even the agricultural stuff. A must if you're interested in autism (or cattle). Good springboard for further reading. Avoid if you're a passionate vegetarian.
I've also read the His Dark Materials trilogy recently, but I liked that so much I'm considering naming a future child after the main character, so that probably does deserve a separate post!