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.

The Death of Bees - Lisa O'Donnell Let's get to the point: This is what I wanted [b:Gone Girl|8442457|Gone Girl|Gillian Flynn|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1339602131s/8442457.jpg|13306276] to be like. There's all the mystery and suspense of the reader trying to figure out what exactly happened and who is and is not a murderer. The changing narrators serves a clear purpose, and their frequent change keeps up the suspense. The reader is never quite sure who is a reliable narrator and all the characters have something to hide. Marnie and her younger sister, Nelly, have a predicament in the form of their two parents' dead bodies. They are decomposing and making a terrible smell, so of course the sisters bury them in the back yard of their home in a very poor district. Marnie and Nelly have little trouble convincing the neighbors that their parents have done a runner, especially the convicted sex offender next door (it's not what it first appears), Lennie. Lennie takes the girls in and looks out for them over the course of almost a year as people move in and out of the sisters' lives. Marnie has troubles with drugs, boyfriends, and older men taking advantage (that she takes advantage of in return) and Nelly speaks like an 18th century novel. They are a very interesting pair.As Marnie and Nelly try to keep up the ruse of that their parents have left for Turkey, Lennie's dog digs up bones of the dead while the sisters' grandfather makes and appearance to try and atone for not being around for his daughter, their mother. No one is who they seem and everyone is more trouble than they appear. This novel captures the complexity of a morally ambiguous set of characters and two children who do their best to avoid foster care and discovery of their possible crimes.

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Native Son
Richard Wright
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The Elder Edda
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