Looks like once again time managed to get away from me. One minute you’re just getting into your yearly reading challenge, the next minute Borderlands gets ported to the PS4 and all of a sudden it’s practically May. Looks like you win this round, Handsome Jack.
But even though I might have fallen behind just a bit, I’m still pushing ahead to finish my challenge of 60 books in 2015, and since my last post I have added three more to my completion list. The first one was “What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” and was a pretty fun read for something based off an internet site (and had lots of pictures, which is nice). But I knew I needed something more substantial to get my book engine running again, so I returned to an old favorite:
There’s really not much to say about the Hobbit. It’s a classic and one of my all time favorite fantasy stories, and I mostly picked it back up just to get a sense of just how much stretching Peter Jackson did for the movie trilogy, which is a whole hell of a lot. The funnies thing about the book compared to the movies is that in the book Tolkein repeatedly glosses over parts of the story because they aren’t necessary to the overall plot, even making a point in his narration to tell the reader that he’s skipping ahead to cut out the boring parts. Despite my general tolerance of the movies I love the book and could read it a hundred times and still be entertained, so it was a good place to get my feet wet again.
With the Hobbit out of the way I wanted to find a book similar to one of my other favorites, The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. I finally settled on This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, mostly because the characters reminded me a lot of my family. The book tells the story of Judd Foxman, who after a losing his wife to his boss is summoned home to spend a week in mourning with his family after the death of his father. Judd and his family have an extremely pessimistic and honest view on life and each other, and their interactions with each other are the highlights of the story. They don;t hold anything back and every dirty secret the family has is dragged kicking and screaming out into the open as they spend seven days under the same roof. Meanwhile we also follow Judd’s search for meaning after losing everything in one fell swoop after his wife cheats on him (an event he discovers in a hilarious scene involving a cheesecake and some highly flammable lube), and his fight with depression and a sense of worthlessness is a story that’s easy to identify with. Overall, I really had a lot of fun reading this one and I recommend it to anyone who was brought up in a “say what you’re really thinking” family.
Just try and get through it without picturing Jason Bateman as Judd, I dare you.
I still haven’t decided what I’m going to read next, but now that I’ve shaken off the dust from the past few months I’m all set to get really moving on my reading challenge. I’m always looking for suggestions so please don;t hesitate to leave me a comment with a book I should check out!