Monday, March 10, 2014

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

At 13 years old, Theo Decker loses his mother in a terrorist bombing, steals a priceless painting, and begins the journey of a lifetime - one that takes him from New York City to Las Vegas to Amsterdam.

The Goldfinch is a riveting story.  Donna Tartt paints a colorful portrait of Theo along with Boris, Hobie and Pippa.  Theo's survival depends on the kindness of strangers, but they are often his downfall.

I put off reading The Goldfinch because of the sheer heft of it.  At 784 pages, I thought I didn't have time.  Now, I only wish that I had read it sooner.  Read the book before you see the movie.  You will be so happy you did.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Geek's Guide to Dating

By Eric Smith

Are you a gamer or a geek? Then check this out. Even if you are not in the dating market (like me), this book will have you doubled over and laughing...ROFL!

Smith provides helpful tips for Player #1 (you) to find the perfect Player #2: identifying what type of geek you are, finding him/her, general dating tips, and break-ups.

No-win scenarios are presented, aka the 'Kobayashi Maru' for Trekkies, as well as a First Date Simulation where, given a scenario, you choose the outcome. You then advance to the next level or it's "Game Over".

Enjoy this book and share it with a geek friend. I did!

~ Paula