Audio Book Extra
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)
By Graeme Simsion
For a while now I've been listening to a series on Audible. The series has been great for me to listen to while on my runs, but every once in a while I need a different change of pace, otherwise my runs get comfortable which can be detrimental for when the series eventually does end.
A habit I have developed is to listen to something completely unrelated to the series after each book. I recently finished book three of my current running series, so it was time to find something different. Since the series is a little more on the dark side, so I decided I wanted something light and uplifting. The Rosie Project is a book I've had on my Audible playlist for a while. It was one that I randomly chose during one of their "2 for 1" sales. Reading the synopsis, I thought it fit the criteria I was looking for.
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper. (Goodreads)
The Review & Wrap-Up:
Remember at the beginning of this post I said that changing up what I listen to can be detrimental to my runs? Well, here is a perfect example. While the book was enjoyable, and it was light, uplifting and fun, it was not a good book to run to. My pace dropped from doing a 9'37" mile (not terribly slow, but this is fast for me!) to over an 11 minute mile, something I haven't done in months! It was like I was running to music! (Which I also run terrible to.)
Okay, so maybe detrimental isn't the best word to describe what listening to this book did to my runs. Because while yes, I was very upset with my time after each of the long runs (I listened to this whole book in three long run sessions), really when you think about it it wasn't bad. I took my time, enjoyed the scenery and the book, and didn't hurt myself. I spent some good quality time outside in the sunshine! Runner's obsess over numbers and their timing, so yes it was hard for me in the moment, but looking back I was really kind of nice.
But this isn't a review on my runs, but on the book itself.
It was a cute book. And when I say cute, I mean it would be a great beach read. The story is light and flowy. Don Tillman is a highly functioning Autistic geneticist that doesn't quite understand social cues, why the world socially functions the way it does, or when he's being made fun of. He's awkward and very lovable in an annoying kind of way. This project that he concocts to find the perfect wife for him - while looks don't matter to him he's looking for a non-smoker; able to calculate her BMI correctly; non-drinker, even though he himself drinks; and always precisely on time (not early, not late) just to name a few specifications - winds up finding himself with Rosie trying to locate her biological father.
The Rosie Project is a story of their... friendship? turned... romance? Whatever you may call their relationship, it's a cute read. I've you're looking for a quick, quirky, lovable read, then this one is for you. .
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
Love this book? Check out Stupid → and Contagious by Caprice Crane.
HEAVEN'S IN HELL...
There is very little I know for sure. I know that men who wear khakis are immediately suspect, that waitressing is what karma makes you do when you've been unforgivably bad. That pretty much covers it.
AND BRADY JUST MOVED IN.
All you need is one good idea and you're set for life, never mind the shameless envy of your friends. That's what separates the big guys from the small fries. One. Good. Idea. And even though I haven't signed a single band for my record label, I've got a million good ideas.
SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN OUTCAST
It's bad enough to get fired from your dream job. But when you can't make it as a waitress, there's a whole world of self-worth you're just never gonna see again.
AND AN ODDBALL
Cinnamon-flavored milk. Cinnamilk. I'm telling you. Next... Big... Thing...
GET TOGETHER TO TAKE ON THE WORLD?
Stupid → and Contagious
There goes the neighborhood. (5 Spot)
Pair it with: Yellow Tail Shiraz. This Shiraz is everything a great wine should be - vibrant, smooth, rich and easy to drink. With flavors of red berries, spice and licorice, it should be enjoyed with a steak or in front of a roaring fire. (Yellow Tail)
Start a conversation: What's the one quality you are looking for/looked for in a mate that you thought you most definitely would not give up? Did you find someone that met the criteria, or are you a little forgiving?
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