What We’re Reading / What You’re Reading


Welcome to our new regular segment where we fill you in on what we’re reading, and we hope that you’ll reciprocate by telling us what you’re enjoying (or loathing) as well.

Don’t be shy, we want to hear from you!  Feedback from our followers will play a role in helping us to determine what books to read, review, and feature on this site over the coming months.  It will also give us a better idea of the topics and genres that interest you.

Aaron is currently reading Steven Manchester’s forthcoming novel Goodnight, Brian (January 8th).  It’s an uplifting tale about perseverance in the face of adversity and it delivers several strong messages about unconditional love that really tug at the heartstrings.  Here’s a small snippet:

“Mama, what did the doctors say about Brian? I mean, what did they really say about him being sick?” Heidi asked.
Mama never hesitated with the truth. “They said that he won’t be able to do what other kids can do…that he can’t.”
Ross shook his head – visibly upset.
Mama grabbed the little boy’s hand and peered hard into his eyes. “Ross, we just talked about this. What does the word can’t mean to you?”
“Nothing,” he answered, defiantly. “You always tell us there’s no such word as can’t.”
She smiled. “That’s right. For us, there is no such word as can’t. Do you believe that?”
“Yes,” he replied, confidently.
She looked at the girls.
“We do,” they promised in unison.
“Then there’s nothing to worry about! If you really don’t believe something, then it just isn’t true, is it?” She looked at Brian and beamed with love. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what this little guy is going to teach us…what he’s going to show those foolish doctors.”

Karli is currently reading The Darlings by Cristina Alger.  Billed as “one of the first novels about the 2008 financial crisis” (USA Today), this novel is a fast-paced drama that’s about family dynamics in times of social and economic crises.  Alger’s debut novel follows New York’s eminent Darling family as they are thrust into a heated financial scandal that threatens to ruin the family’s reputation forever.  As the situation inches closer to “breaking news” status, the members of the family must think fast and do their best to stay calm in a high pressure situation.  The Darlings sets the tone of panic, crisis, and scandal from page one:

This is it, he thought, as he clicked on his left blinker. The end of the road…

“He hated miscalculations.  There had been a lot recently, which was, of course, how he had ended up parked at the base of the Tappan Zee Bridge at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday.  Not exactly plan A.  His mind whirred as he parked the car and switched off the headlights.  The engine fell silent and all he could hear was the white noise of cars crossing the bridge and the rush of his own blood roaring in his ears…”

“The storm was churning up the river…already there were sustained winds of up to 40 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph, so the current was moving faster than normal.  If someone were to jump, his body would be pulled down and under the river, swallowed whole.  They might not even find the body; just a heart-deadening splash, and gone.”

The weather is optimal.  This has to be done now.”

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About Aaron Westerman

Aaron Westerman is the Manager of Web Architecture for a national human services organization. When he's not busy tearing sites apart and rebuilding them, he spends his ever shrinking free time trying to keep up with his twins, reading works of translated literature, and watching far too many Oscar nominated movies.

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