A post NOT about my children…

I’m in the process of categorizing my old posts, and it occurred to me that nearly all of my posts are in the category “Sophia.”  Yes, she’s 2 and she rules my life, but I do occasionally think about other things.  Here’s my latest thought with a question for you:

I just got up from lying down during the girls naptime frustrated with the way my current novel is going. I’m reading Jodi Picoult’s “Handle With Care.” It was a poorly researched choice during a recent Barnes & Noble venture.  Well, 200 pages into it, and I’m just bored and cranky.  It feels like pop trash.  Not trash like trash-y, but there’s no substance.  The writing is decent, not great.  I feel like she’s spoon feeding me plot, with predictable situations at ever corner.  Controversy and drama for the sake of controversy and drama…  The chapter’s are each from a different character’s point of view but not at all convincing that they are actually from the different character’s point of view.  Okay, this is my first Jodi Picoult novel, so I’ll not judge all of her work.  She’s got quantity for sure; somebody likes her.  But so far, I’m not impressed.

Here’s my problem.  My husband listens to my rants and says, “You can never go wrong with a classic.”  Yes, that’s his line and it has been his line for the 10 years I’ve known him.  Here’s the thing, though, I want pop without getting trash.  I want the drama and the pull of a newly written treasure without the work of wading through classic literature–that is, I’ve only got so much time (2 hours of naptime) and only so much functioning brain capacity (foggy-headed thyroid/new-mommy brain.)  The husband with the masters in literature says that finding novels like that are going to be hard to come by.

What do you think?  Can you recommend me a treasure that you’ve read in the last few years?  I’d love it if you’d leave a comment.  Tell me why you love it.

I’ll trade you. Here’s a few of my favorite novels of the last year.  (I’ve started many more and tossed them aside, finished a few others that aren’t worth mentioning, and am in the middle of a few that I can’t seem to get motivated about finishing.)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff