Earlier this week I finished The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich and last week I finished Terra Incognita, the second in a mystery series about a doctor in ancient Roman times, by Ruth Downie. Of the two, Terra Incognita was the better and I’d recommend buying a copy of it and the others in the series. After having a group of DNFs, it was nice to get to a book finally that more than held my interest.
The other is worth getting out of the library, because it is a quick read and if only to compare and contrast to the movie The Social Network, which was based on the book. Mezrich included a few interesting details that Aaron Sorkin chose not to use and that shed a little more light on not only Mark Zuckerberg, the main protagonist/antagonist (depending on how you view him), but also Eduardo Saverin. What were they? Well, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to read the book for yourself.
Today I’m going to be starting two books: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, which I have on e-book and is on loan from the library, and Charlie Chan Carries On, the fifth in the Charlie Chan series, by Earl Derr Biggers. Later in the week, in keeping with my goal of reading one book a week from my TBR shelf, I’ll be reading 2001: A Space Oddysey by Arthur C. Clarke, the first in the Space Odyssey series. My brother-in-law Warren gave me all four in the series that also include 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey. Whether or not I’ll read the other three, of course, will depend on whether I like the first one, so I’m making no promises.
On the radar: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows for the book club on Feb. 22 at From My Shelf Books; The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found by Frederick Buechner and one other book, still to be determined, by him for Frederick Buechner Week February 28 through March 4; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer for the library book club on March 8 even though I will be unable to attend because I will be covering a school board meeting for the newspaper I work for. However, just flipping through the book, I have to admit I was intrigued, to say the least, and so thought I’d “give it a go.”
So what books are you reading this week? What’s on your radar for the next few weeks or months in terms of reading?