I finished Gone Girl last week. It’s different for sure, but compelling. It’s hard to root for either side, but I did find myself aligning with one character by the end of it. I think I picked sides based not on who I liked best, but on which character I hated less. I’ll say that the end was unsatisfying. It was an interesting approach, and I can appreciate it for that, but I wanted a specific outcome and didn’t get it. Overall, I enjoyed the book because I wanted to keep reading to find out the next piece of the puzzle and what would happen next.
I am now reading a book I can’t exactly tout as great literature, but it’s a light read and guilty pleasure. It only cost $3.51, which is pretty telling. It’s called The Wicked (book #3 in the Righteous series) by Michael Wallace. I found the series randomly during a search in the Kindle store. The books all revolve around polygamous cults (think Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints). I studied religious studies as my minor in university and I find secretive societies on the outside of the mainstream society (e.g., gangs, cults, organized crime) fascinating. I also like book series. Back in the day, I loved The Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley High, The Boxcar Children, and The Last Vampire. In recent years, it’s been Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, and Shades of Grey. I love being able to get wrapped up in the characters and knowing there’s more to come. The Righteous books are a quick read and that’s what I was in the mood for right now.