Funny in Farsi is vignettes and humorous stories from the life of a girl who moved to the U.S. from Iran. A super quick read, and I found myself laughing at her crazy stories (it also helps that I totally see a lot of my Grandpa Balzaretti in her dad). I learned about Iran, I cringed when her adolescent descriptions hit a little too close to home, and I loved it. I'm in the middle of the sequel now, Laughing Without an Accent, and am having a little more trouble getting through it, but it's still good.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gets an automatic review boost because it's set in Seattle (the Where'd You Go, Bernadette? treatment, if you will). Knowing the area definitely helped me love the book more, but I still would have enjoyed it if it had been set somewhere else. The author's imagery is fantastic. The book bounces back and forth between WWII and the 1980s and does a great job at showing what the war was like for people at home. Plus, there's young love. It drags in the middle but overall was great.
I took Attachments on our cruise way back in May, and it was the perfect ship read. Light, fluffy, not much real content. The entire thing is told through emails, which is usually totally my jam, but I didn't love it that much this time around. It's a good beach read, but not one that I would go back to again. I honestly can't remember much about it a few months later (not even the characters' names), which isn't a good sign in my book.
Demon in the Freezer, the smallpox book. This will keep you up at night wondering if Russia is getting ready to infect us all with its not-so-secret stash of the disease. It also provoked some great conversation and made me feel really smart. In fact, this week I was interviewing a pharmaceutical start-up man for a freelance gig and I wowed him with my knowledge of smallpox. So thanks, somewhat creepy book.
I've previously declared my love of The Selection series, but The Heir almost made me take it all back. It's the next generation princess, and she is terrible. As in, completely the worst. Add in a bunch of boys with weird names but no personalities and it makes for a pretty dry book. At least it was easy to read and I could imagine her wearing beautiful dresses? (But yes, I totally did read The One, the sequel to this one, as soon as it came out. Gotta finish the series, you know?)
I'm getting soo close to being first for the library holds of Miss Pergoine and HP and the Cursed Child--both perfect for Halloween!
What should I put on my list next?