Summer is in full swing in sunny Arizona, evident by the ungodly thermostat reading of 114. Unfortunately for me summer equals summer school, which has kept me from my love of reading. The good news is that I completed seven credits towards my degree in five weeks. The bad news is that I only read one full novel in June.
For those of you who missed my initial post on this topic, I have decided to embark on a most enjoyable challenge to read 52 books in 2012. I have chosen the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge in which I select my own goal, and a book a week is what I came up with as truly doable this year. Each month I will give you an update on where I am in the challenge and what books I was lucky enough to indulge in. I’ll also include a link to Amazon for each book in case you would like to pick a read up for yourself.
In the month of June I have read one book and according to the graph on Goodreads, I am at 40% of my goal, which is four books (10%) behind. Thankfully the one book I completed was a good read.
Speed Shrinking by Susan Shapiro
Completed June 12th
Susan Shapiro brings us self-help “guru” Julia Goodman, who seems to have lost all she holds as stable and steady in her life when both her best friend and her psychoanalyst/editor/sounding board/obsession move away from her. Although Julia at times comes off as self-centered and myopic, I found myself rooting for her to “speed shrink” her way to a thin physique and a healthier outlook on life. Any woman who has ever felt conflicted about food will identify with Julia’s tendencies towards the occasional all-out cupcake icing binge.
I love the way Susan Shapiro brings Julia’s therapy sessions to life with quick, realistic therapy dialogue. As someone who has visited her share of “shrinks,” I felt right at home in the offices of Dr. Ness and the handsome Dr. Cigar. In true-to-life fashion, not every relationship Julia tends ends up as fulfilling as she’d hoped, but it sure is a fun ride along the way.
I begin my second session of summer school tomorrow, so I’m likely to be lagging behind my goal for another month, but I’m looking forward to a break in the academic action where I can settle in with a stack of good books.
As always I welcome your reading suggestions and thoughts on this month’s picks.