Friday, February 26, 2016

Need to Lighten Up?

I finished The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion last night. I've read mixed reviews on this book, so I thought I'd put in my two cents. I often rate books (1 - 5 stars) on Goodreads, but seldom post a written review. I wrote one this morning, though, because I decided some of the book reviewers were a bit too harsh on the novel, while others thought it was 'the best book ever'...and this made me question what other books they'd read. Rather than write a second review here, I thought I would just share my Goodreads review:

If I rated this book based on what it gave my brain, which was a much needed break, I would give it four stars. If I rated this book on actual content, based on the merits of great literature, I'd give it two stars or less. I decided to choose three stars with an explanation.

A friend recommended this book to me for when I just wanted a quick, easy read that would charm me and make me smile. The book delivered on that basis. I am a voracious reader and find that I need to "lighten up" in my selection of reading materials from time to time. I used this book for just that purpose, and I'm so glad I did.

Like so many other fans of "The Big Bang Theory," I definitely thought of Sheldon as the main character almost immediately. In fact, I wondered if anyone has told Chuck Lorre about the book,...or if he may have actually put the author up to it. Either way, the results were enjoyable. As so many others have put it, it's a romantic comedy with 'Sheldon in love'.
I'm not surprised Sony is going to make it into a movie, I believe that was the author's intent all along. I probably won't go see the movie, but I did enjoy the book. It made me laugh a bit and allowed me a little mental vacation for a few evenings. It's not great literature, but it is good fun!

In other news: I've read some other books lately, which I haven't found time to blog about, but I still haven't finished The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory. It's no reflection on the book. It's more of a reflection on me, I suppose. My job has been more than a little stressful lately, and the content of Gregory's historical fiction novel is a bit...depressing. It isn't the writing, it's the subject. I've read five other books since starting the story of Henry VIII and his wives. I find it interesting, but...more than my heart can take when work is more difficult than usual. I've finally decided to just put it aside for awhile until my life decides to lighten up.

I will give brief reviews this weekend on the other books I've read since I blogged about Hemingway. I've still not read anything equal to Patrick Rothfuss (and, yes, I do hunt and hope), but I've read several reviews from Rothfussians that indicate I should try novels by Robin Hobb. I recently purchased my first Hobb novel, but I won't have time to give it the attention it deserves for a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I plan to continue my "lighten up" reading phase until Spring Break swoops in to restore my overworked mind and save my reading soul!


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