I've been on a reading binge again. It's one of my favorite things.
Last night I finished Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. I picked it up at the airport when we were coming home from Italy after finishing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which I consumed in a couple days on our trip – definitely worth reading).
She's the author of The Time Traveler's Wife (which I completely loved).
I remember hearing not so great reviews about her newest book but decided to give it a chance. It's a strange tale – life and death and ghosts and in-between places. It's dark. It wasn't one that I would say I really liked – I definitely felt at a certain point I was just wanting to "make it through" – but there's something about it that kept me going and wanting to know how she was going to bring it to a conclusion. Often if I'm in the middle of a book and not enjoying it I'll just set it aside for another time (or just set it aside completely). With Her Fearful Symmetry I did want to know what happened and felt satisfied when I finished it late last night (even though the ending is definitely not what I was expecting).
Another book I have been reading (started before leaving for Italy and decided to leave it home because it's hardback) is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I'm completely fascinated with and engrossed in this non-fiction story and it's not the kind of book I normally find myself reading. It's the story of a woman, her cells, the history of cell research, her family, and the way it's all been weaved together over time. Highly recommended.
What have you read lately that you love (or didn't)?