Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!
And also partner in crime with Moonlight Murder.
I'm probably going to finish this because I'm a little incredulous at the ridiculous relationship at the core of this book. Neil pouts, loves Sophie, and acts like a besotted teenage boy. Neither one of them are as slick as they think and the sex scenes are now not even interesting me. This whole books reads similar to The First Time book and it's just highlighting the same issues I had with that book. There's some sqwaking going on concerning a bunch of people leaving the magazine and my eyes glazed over.
Eh now I'm bored. I guess we went from the most perfect sex ever to Sophie realizing her new job may be doomed due to what Neil and his best friend and I henchman Rudy are doing with regards to the magazine.
"Look, it wasn’t that I wanted to think about bunnies getting lipstick smeared in their eyes, but I also didn’t want my job to go down the tubes. If word got out that the magazine was going cruelty-free, we were going to lose a lot of ad revenue."
It's such a weird juxtaposition. Also the Neil being a Dom but blushing when Sophie says things or alludes to things is old. He's almost 50, at this point it seems odd he's acting this way.
The formatting is jacked up in several places too (I hate that).
Just like with Penny's roommate, Sophie's roommate seems quirky and there's no depth there. We know she's a model, is super thin (but eats like a linebacker) is into boys and girls and even was in a three way relationship with a married couple in college. Oh and was in love with the George Washington bridge? She's the same age as Sophie, which is 24 so excuse me for rolling my eyes right now. You don't have to throw all of this stuff at one character.
There's an aside that Neil has been with men, but Sophie is all cool and I can masturbate to that later.
I think what's killing me is that real people would talk and discuss this. It's super cool the author writes all these people into so many things and there is nary a problem, but come on.
Sex scenes are okay. I'm just not feeling it. He brings up being dominant and her submissive and she's all sure why not I'll try anything once.
I'm trying not to laugh at these for saying be discrete at work and she's now sitting at the edge of his desk with her legs open while he eats sushi.
“You can’t do that,” I reminded him. “We’ll get found out. Also, it’s in the employee handbook, under ‘sexual harassment policy.’ The words ‘zero tolerance’ are mentioned.” “Point taken,” he said dryly. “I have six people coming in this morning to throw shoes and scream at me.”
I just need this book to be over soon. These two people are exhausting.
“At lunch today, I may have given you the impression—” “That we didn’t have a chance in hell of anything happening between us?” I supplied for him.
I thought it might make him laugh. It didn’t.
“I must admit, the age difference between us does make me uncomfortable. It made me uncomfortable back then, as well. I’m not the kind of man who needs to date younger women to be happy. It’s not a status symbol for me. And I’m not the kind of person who picks up strangers in airports, either.”
“Neither am I,” I said, maybe a little defensively.
His face fell, and he took a slow step toward me. “I wouldn’t care if you were. What I’m trying to say is, this is completely new to me. I spent that night with you six years ago because I genuinely liked you, Sophie. You were so cute and direct and a bit odd. And we did have an awfully good time together.” He smiled tentatively. “It does trouble me that you’re the same age as my daughter. But you’re not my daughter. And that night was... it was one of the best nights of my life.”
It sure does sound like he wants to be with a younger woman for the status symbol part of it. Maybe if I could even sense a glimpse of chemistry between these two, or we got a prologue of how they met. But as I said in one of my comments. This book reads just like First Time to me with Penny as Sophie right now. Both of them were beautiful but odd. The Sophie in that book was strong, self assured, and it felt like she was older and had more sense than this. This Sophie just reads like Penny. And Neil reads like Ian. Since I had a glimpse of what this relationship would be based on what Sophie reveals to Penny, I am just not feeling her or Neil at this point.
She lied to him about her age six years ago so now he knows she was 18. At least he had a reasonable reaction to that. But she's more upset to hear that he has a daughter her age since it means he may cheated on his wife. And....I am going to go look for some chocolate so soothe me until I can go home.
She has just told her boss that she is attracted to him and he to her, so why don't they just see each other???
And this fool giggled. Giggled! And is all we must be discrete around the office.
At this point I hope this book becomes Sophie suing him for sexual harassment because a freaking billionaire (of course he is) should have enough sense to know that having sex with someone who works for you is a really stupid thing to do and hey let's pretend that Roger Ailes is not a thing right now. And why is he even attracted to her? He has to be what almost 50 at this point? I guess he loves it that a 20 something is into him. This whole thing is head desk banging inducing.
I just did the math and realized that if Sophie was 18, six years ago she is now 24. And nope, still creepy thinking about her and her boss Neil. I just can't with this book right now. The stupidity of the main character is killing me. She and her boss are now at lunch where he apologizes for giving her a somewhat false name, that he stole her plane ticket, and left her $4,000 on the nightstand.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? WHY ARE YOU AT LUNCH? WHY IS HE ACTING INTERESTED IN HER? DID ANY OF THESE PEOPLE GO TO A FREAKING HR SEMINAR ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
"Under questioning I tried to tell Miss Stein that when you were a boyand moved in the company of men, you had to be prepared to kill a man, know how to do it and really know that you would do it in order to not be interfered with.""There is not much future in men being friends with great women although it can be pleasant enough before it gets better or worse, and there is usually even less future with truly ambitious women writers."
Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey
“I know.” I nodded miserably as I took my next hit. “But who has anal sex with someone and forgets all about it?”
So I'm gathering Sophie's in love with one night stand guy ie her boss and I am wondering if I can sneak to a bar right now to get a drink because this book is killing me.
I am giving this book to 25% before I DNF. This feels a little like The Devil Wears Prada only the main character in this book is floored because the man she slept with 6 years ago (when she was 18 and he was 42) is now her new boss and doesn't remember her.
I was bored throughout. It just reads like a very boring gossip magazine that talks crap about Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and the Fitzgerald's.
There are a number of different ways to fill this square: pumpkin on the cover, someone whose pet name is pumpkin, a book where the characters eat pumpkin pie. The easiest to find are the ones with pumpkins on the cover, and a lot of those tend to be cozy mysteries, for some reason! You can find a good compilation of possibilities in Murder By Death’s Pumpkin Square post - title of post links you to the original!
This was a fun one for me. Pumpkins pretty much equal Halloween.
Also I had no idea until recently how many books out there have pumpkins on the cover or deal with a pumpkin. Is the book loving world obsessed with pumpkins? I swear doing this bingo has me falling into all kinds of research black holes. I will be thrilled when we start in a few days.
So here are my three suggestions plus what I chose to read for the bingo.
1. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie. The book cover has a pumpkin on it. The central mystery/murder occurs on Halloween, there are mention of pumpkins and bopping for apples. I was actually tempted to re-read this one since it is one of my favorite Poirot books.
2. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. The cover has multiple pumpkins on it. This book also has Halloween tales, fits the horror square, and the young adult square too.
3. Halloween by by Paula Guran (editor). This is a collection and has stories from Stewart O'Nan, William F. Nolan, Walter Scott, Peter Straub and more. If it wasn't so long (528 pages) I would just pick it and read it for the bingo. The reviews I saw mentioned that the editing wasn't so great, so check it out via the library if you can if you are inclined to get this one.
My pick is Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I keep reading rave reviews about this book so I am really excited to read it. This book also fits the Halloween square since it takes place on Halloween and is considered horror for those who are still looking for a horror book to read.
In addition to those books, these will also work:
1. The Haunted Season by G. M. Malliet. This is the fifth of the Max Tudor series, and is the second set in the fall. This series has a strong seasonal theme. I know it isn’t the first in the series, but it’s the only one with a pumpkin on the cover, and sometimes I just don’t feel like I need to start at the beginning
2. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. This is book one of the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, set in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire. I’m not going to lie - I stumbled on this one when I was searching for books to fit this square, but, honestly, it sounds charming. It’s a middle grade mystery. The plot summary from Goodreads:
“Now that Truly Lovejoy's father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy's Books, a struggling bookstore that's been in the family for one hundred years.
With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy's Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte's Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What's inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.”
3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: This one is pretty obvious, I’ll admit, strongly featuring a pumpkin at the end of the book. It’s also a very fast read, and there is a wonderful audio version available on audible that is only $6.95 (even for non members) and is narrated by Tom Mison. This would be a fantastic way to fill a square in an hour and fifteen minutes! Link to audible version here.
I will be re-reading Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, unless I decide to give Absolutely Truly a go.