I mostly use my Nook for reading these days, and I’ll regularly browse the Nook Store and add books that sound interesting to my wish list. Then, I wait for them to go on sale. I know that one of the perks of an e-reader is the ability to instantly download a book that you just can’t wait to get your hands on, but some of the new releases cost $14.99 and up. I don’t mind paying this amount—or more—for hard copy books. Maybe it’s because they just seem more permanent when they are taking up space on my bookshelf. I know there are probably licensing agreements and other fees that drive up the cost of e-books, but my personal threshold is $9.99 or below. So, I wait.
The Rosie Project was recommended to me a couple of months ago, so I snapped it up when it went on sale for $2.99 at the end of January.
The protagonist of this first novel by Australian author Graeme Simsion is genetics professor Don Tillman. With his carefully scheduled life, dislike of physical contact with other human beings and lack of social skills, he clearly suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, although he seems to be the only one in his life who doesn’t realize it. When he decides that it’s finally time to settle down, he embarks on “The Wife Project” for which he develops a scientific, 16-page questionnaire designed to expedite the process by weeding out unsuitable partners and avoiding the dating disasters that have plagued him for most of his adult life.
Enter Rosie. She is the complete opposite of Don in every way possible (she’s free-spirited, chronically late and a vegetarian, for starters) and he immediately disqualifies her from the Wife Project. But, he does agree to use his professional expertise to help her track down the identity of her biological father and, in the process turns his life completely upside down.
The outcome was totally predictable, as you might guess from this plot summary, which has appeared before in countless books and movies. But, it is a very sweet story, with sharp dialogue and well-developed characters. You should put this one on your beach reads list for this year—if summer ever gets here, that is.
In my January post, I mentioned that I was going to jump on the bandwagon and read The Goldfinch (which, luckily, was also on sale for $7.50). If I had more time to read these days, it would be the kind of book I would devour in a weekend. I’m only around page 250 at this point, so hopefully, I’ll be able to report back next month. If you’ve read it, what did you think?