This January’s book club marks the 3 year anniversary of the Read or Die book club. I honestly cannot believe it has been 3 years. Probably the longest New Year’s resolution I’ve stuck with. Probably because reading is awesome, and talking with these ladies is always an absolute joy.
This month we read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It is about an associate professor in Melbourne who is looking for a wife. While this is not groundbreaking plot in and of itself, the book does offer several interesting departures from the traditional Romance novel.
One being that our protagonist Don has Aspergers and falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. It was really interesting reading from his point of view. While this is only one representation of Asperger and everyone’s story is different, but it was unique to view the world through Don's lense. Seeing the things that Don has trouble with, I.E. social cues and where his strengths lie, I.E. his impressive memory and rational logic use. Don also engages in a form of social camouflaging, he uses the things the world would hold against him, like his lack of understanding of fashion and social norms and transforms them into a sort of armor. Much like Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones when he says, “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” I really enjoyed reading the novel from Don’s perspective and using some of his scheduling techniques to make my life better. It would probably be a good thing for me, since life has been a little chaotic (read: its winter so I don’t feel like doing anything but simultaneously feel guilty about all the things I’m neglecting).
The second cool and unfortunately unique thing about the Rosie project, is that the love interest, Rosie is an independent, and fairly well developed person. She isn’t waiting for anyone to rescue her. She is a grad student simultaneously getting her Masters and PHD. Rosie is awesome! I enjoyed that they included a female love interest who isn’t weak or one dimensional. She is flawed, smart, talented, and can support herself. Did I mention she is a bartender to support herself during school?
Everyone enjoyed the book a lot. It was a nice lighthearted romance story, with some unique twists. The group agreed that it was refreshing to read a story where the love interest wasn’t a Damsel in Distress. The consensus is that we would all recommend this book.
Rachel of By the Pounds delighted us all with a stadium food themed dinner. Part of the book takes place in New York and they go to a baseball game (one of the best parts of the book IMO). She made nachos with homemade cheese sauce. This cheese sauce is bonkers good. I’m still thinking about it weeks later. My dream is to just have a fountain of it in my kitchen so I can eat it whenever I want. There is probably nothing that this wouldn’t be good on. She also made hot dogs, which are one of my favorite foods. Funny story in college I decided to be a vegetarian and the only food I was concerned I was going to miss was hot dogs... my love runs deep. Rachel also roasted peanuts in the shell, which definitely felt like we were enjoying a real baseball experience. Last but certainly not least Rachel made the most delicious Homemade Port Caramel Cracker Jacks the recipe is up on her blog and you should definitely check it out, along with her review of the book and the Fosters beer we drank! These homemade cracker jacks were the bomb, leagues better than the kind you get in the box.
If you are following along with the Read or Die book club we are reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. If you have read The Rosie Project, let me know what you think!