Posted by: chlost | March 6, 2012

Curling up with a good book

It was a long weekend. The internet server was out. Husband was working. The weather wasn’t great.

So, I read books. All the excuse I needed.

My mom had given me a few that she had recently finished. One Jodi Picoult. One Patricia Cornwell.

I love the Kay Scarpetta series. I had high hopes for this newest one, Red Mist. It’s a thick book, I figured it would last me a while. Time to savor. But it was just an okay book. Nothing special.

I usually am not a Picoult fan. I had read  Sister’s Keeper some time ago. I loved the character of the attorney in that one. Of course, that role was substantially compromised in the movie version.

So I wasn’t expecting much except to spend some time with it.

This one is House Rules. It has a fascinating main character who is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. I work with a lot of kids who have this diagnosis. I have to say, that I think that she really got this right.

In case you aren’t familiar with it, Asperger’s is (until very recently) a diagnosis that is essentially a very high-functioning autism. This means that the person can be very intelligent, but has few social skills. These folks may be able to memorize paragraphs of information within just a few minutes, but don’t truly understand what any of it means. They usually have few friends. They don’t understand emotions, can’t read emotions in others, and don’t show emotions themselves. Rules are very important, words are taken quite literally.  It may be difficult to filter out background noises and sights that we take for granted.  Sometimes there is a physical meltdown which might be violent, if the sights and sounds of the world become overwhelming.

In reading this book, I began to see the world as a person with Asperger’s might see it. I began to understand the way such a person might think. It was amazing. The author was truly inside the head of an individual who sees the world in a way that most people don’t understand.

It has given me much insight into the kids who I work with each day. It made me wonder if Ms. Picoult has personal experience with someone who deals with Asperger’s.I hope that more teachers, police and parents read this to understand some of the kids who are in the court/mental health system.

Yup, I’d recommend this one highly.

By the end of the weekend, I was exhausted!



  1. Ill keep an eye out for it, thanks. If you like mysteries, the new Dana Stabanow is great.

    • I don’t think I have read any of her stuff. I will have to check it out.

  2. There was a book recently — what was it called… Something about the mysterious case of the dog at midnight?? Ahh! Here it is: Sounds like, with your background, it might be something you’d like!


    p.s.. LOVE the quiet times that allow us to read. There’s just not enough of that available…

    • Oh, good, I am going to look for that one. This is great—a resource for recommendations of good books.

  3. I see you have an iffy server also. Sometimes it is a blessing when it fails. I do like Jodi Picoult and will check this one out also. I like how she writes in the first person for several of the main characters.
    You gave a great review.

    • You’re right. I did end up with more time to read! This book also is in the format of each person’s viewpoint of the events.

  4. I used to love Kay Scarpetta books but the last few years she’s been jumping the shark as they say. The series is dead as far I would say. My wife is a big fan and still reads them but even she’s said they aren’t as good they used to be.
    She says that about me too I fear.

    • You’re right. It was so interesting at first to learn about the forensic side of things. Pre CSI and so much more accurate/informative. I can see how after a while it just becomes repetitive. I did see the woman upon whom the character Kay Scarpetti is based. She is pretty incredible even if the books are getting formulaic.

  5. I usually only read si-fi books.

    • You might be missing some good stuff!

  6. I love getting some time to just immerse myself in a book.

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