I’m working a lot at the moment but the plus side of work instead of school is that there is no homework. That means that my time is actually my time. It’s actually a little weird; I catch myself feeling guilty when I’m just lazing around on my computer until I remember that I’m not procrastinating assignments. But with this new found ‘me’ time, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. Here’s what I’ve got my nose in currently:
The Assistants by Camille Perri
“A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.” – Goodreads
I picked this one up while I was in Toronto back in May because I couldn’t remember the last time I was so intrigued by a novel. 30-year-old Tina is an assistant to one of the most powerful men in New York City and the book follows as she and her fellow assistants somehow get caught up in an embezzlement scheme while just trying to take what they feel they deserve. It’s funny and weirdly relatable – not that I’ve ever tried to embezzle money from my boss or anything but Tina represents that part of you that is constantly wondering when you’re going to feel like you have your life together. I’m not finished yet but am excited to see what antics the girls get up to next.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
“Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.” – Goodreads
I’ll admit, I’ve had this book for years. Drawn in by the pretty cover art of the Amalfi coast and the promise of glitzy Hollywood charm I bought the novel, took it home and … forgot about it. It sat on my shelf for a really long time. Every time I would go to the book store I’d see it and think ‘Oh yeah, I want to read that!’ Except then I’d go home and get distracted by something else. So this year I finally started it and it’s been a little slow going, which is really unlike me (but that’s because I started a different endeavour – see below). But there’s something about this story that keeps me thinking about it. The web of human interaction and this world that Walter has weaved is definitely intriguing.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
And here is the reason I’ve started and not finished both of those other novels. I’m in the midst of re-reading all of the Harry Potter books (in preparation for the newest one coming out at the end of this month!). When I think about summer vacation growing up I can’t help but remember days spent laying in the sun and reading these books. The sixth is, admittedly, not one of my favourites (if you’ve read it you’ll know that it’s rather traumatic) but it is a necessity to get to the real gem that is the seventh.