For the past two weeks I’ve been working on a big painting commission for Spark restaurant in Provo. I may have mentioned it before, but I hate listening to music while I paint…I need something to occupy my brain and keep me interested so I listen to books on CD.
I’ve pretty much worked day and night for the last two weeks, so I’m flying through books like never before (maybe not quite up to Janssen’s standards, but close…).
Just thought I’d share which ones I’ve gone through and a little teeny tiny review.
Matched by Ally Condie — a fun light chick book that was easy to speed through. I’m excited for Crossed to come out in just a few weeks!
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt — this is maybe Janssen’s favorite book of all time (her words, not mine), so I came in with big expectations. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed at first (don’t hate me, J!)…it reminded me of Ender’s Game with lots of little boy drama and name calling. But once I hit the halfway mark, it suddenly grew up and I loved the rest of it. I even got a little emotional at the end.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan — I didn’t make it all the way through this book, but what I listened to was really interesting. I just prefer books with a plot when painting and this one is more questions and facts. Maybe one day I’ll go back and finish it.
The Giver by Lois Lowry — I’m not sure how I made it through my childhood without ever reading this book, since almost everyone I mentioned it to said they had read it in 5th or 6th grade. I really enjoyed it and I’m glad to have finally read it.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater — Another fun chick book. It kept reminding me of Twilight with the werewolves, but I thought it was slightly less cheesy than Twilight.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater — This is the sequel to Shiver, and I think I liked it better despite the ending that totally leaves you hanging and waiting for #3.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow — I wasn’t sure if I would like this book or not when Janssen recommended it and told me it was a “techy” type of book, but I actually really enjoyed it. Yes, there were some parts where it went on for a few minutes about a bunch of computer/hacking lingo that I didn’t understand or care about, but besides that most of the techy stuff was very understandable and interesting, and helped me enjoy the book even more. (If you read this, be warned it does have a decent amount of swearing, which I thought was pretty unnecessary.)
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes — I read this book many years ago but wanted to re-read it since I’d pretty much forgotten the whole thing. Such a great Revolutionary War novel that I can’t wait to read with Peanut someday.
Across The Universe by Beth Revis — Not my favorite book. I felt like it took a really long time to get going. It’s hard to gauge how much you’ve read when you’re listening to it, but I would guess that it was more than half way through when it stopped feeling like the intro. But once we got past that, I did enjoy it more.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — I’m only a chapter or two into this, but enjoying it already.
I’m hoping to get through several more books before these paintings are done. Any great suggestions??