What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment

"A thirteen-year-old is a kaleidoscope of different personalities, if not in most ways a mere figment of her own imagination. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.”

 

While not 13 anymore, the desire to read almost anything and everything in order to read for fun and for experience is still around. I'm currently working on my PhD in a physical science, but I love to read and books are one of my non-science hobbies.

What Happened to Sophie Wilder

What Happened to Sophie Wilder - Christopher R. Beha Charlie, the first person narrator of What Happened to Sophie Wilder, is lost. He's graduated from university and become at the beginning of this novel a one hit wonder. He's written a book but stuck on his second, and generally stuck in life. Sophie, one of his university classmates and an on-again, off again college girlfriend, has moved on, unfortunately to a failed marriage. She is working on a book as well, but she in the midst of several ongoing or unfinished personal crises. These two characters are the focus of this novel, an impressive first novel and one I enjoyed reading. The alternating narrators between chapters interrupted the narratives at times, but gave a distinct feel to the chapters about each of the characters. The ending is something I had to think on a while and with which I was very impressed. The writing style is engaging, and even after a couple months after reading it the first time, I've come back to review it. My one issue is having Sophie's chapters not narrated from the first person, but it becomes apparent later in the novel that something would have been lost in the plot if the reader had heard from her directly.

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