I finished both Paul and Me and The Gene this past week. The former was okay for a diversion, but the latter was truly engrossing and well worth it. I learned way too much about some of the US's awful eugenics history, but it seems appropriate that I learned it now.
DID NOT FINISH
Too many DNFs this week. I gave up on Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell because the prose was way too stilted and all the religious imagery grated on my nerves. After that, I put down Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr because I'd purchased it to support the author without realizing it's got an ex-hockey player as the hero. I just don't do sports romances. Especially sports I don't actually like. Then, I made it halfway through East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Carole Bellacera before coming to the conclusion that I absolutely loathed the heroine and it just wasn't worth slogging through the second half.
WHAT I'M READING
1. Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks. It's reading much faster than the previous books, back to the style she had in the first half of the series. I'd be done with it by now if I hadn't spent so much on the gene history book.
2. The Last Oracle by James Rollins: So it wasn't until I went to find the Amazon link that I discovered that this one is actually the 5th in a series. It explains why the first chapter felt like an info dump. I'm also a little miffed that I have the 2nd book in the series in my TBR pile. I never start series in the middle, even if they're standalones. I just can't do it. So now I'm torn. I think I'll probably finish this one, and if I like it, I'll go back and start the series from the beginning. Oy. I wish I'd seen this before it ever showed up in my TBR pile. I'm usually much better about keeping middle books out.
3. Cold Wicked Lies by Toni Anderson: This just came out so I bought it right away. I really do like her more recent stuff better than her older material. This one is about a hostage negotiator and an FBI agent working together on a case about an armed standoff with a private compound. Sparks are flying already, and the situation is tense. I'm really liking the characters in this one so far.
4. Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull: It's about fostering creative environments as understood by one of the co-owners of Pixar, Ed Catmull. I just got it yesterday, but it's surprisingly engaging already, even though I don't know if I'll get much of anything practical out of it by the end.