I usually share the books we have read with James each week. This week, for a change, I thought I might share what I am reading after James has gone to bed.
I’ve three books on the go right now. I have been reading the first of the three since September last year. I had the intention of reading it and joining in with the A Beautiful Mess bookclub. Life ran away with me and I didn’t get it finished in time or yet!
It’s Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
I’m really enjoying it, even if it is taking me a while to get through. I think if I was able to read unhindered, this book would’ve been zipped through in a couple of evenings.
Middlesex is the tale of a little baby, born a girl, then through puberty it emerges that they are in fact intersex, and decide they relate better as a man. The back story of the family history back in Greece and the journey of the family coming to America is very interesting. There’s humour, mythology, intrigue and a real good yarn in this book.
I’m also reading The Marshmallow Test, which is written by the guy who originally started the study on delayed gratification in Stanford University back in the 1960s.
I’ve only read the first couple of chapters. It’s very interesting. Basically, the marshmallow test is a set-up whereby a child is given one marshmallow and then left in a room, with nothing else to think about but the marshmallow. They can eat it right away or, if they wait, they can have a second marshmallow later. Some kids manage to wait, while others eat it almost straight away. The book explores what the delayed gratification meant then, and what implications the child’s behaviour then had on their decision making later in life. It’s nicely written in a chatty style. I can imagine meeting somebody like this and listening to them tell me about their work in this way.
And lastly, my third book on the go this week, is the Dorling Kindersley guide to Chicago.
We are headed to Chicago very soon, and so of course I’ve been reading up on it a little. I don’t know about you, but I love the DK books. I like the white background and the clear text and simple photographs. You get floor plans of some of the big sights; in the Chicago guide there’s one of the Lincoln Zoo, and another of the Aquarium. I think we’ll be visiting both those places, so it’s useful to learn what animals we might expect to see in advance.