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Catch 22

01 Jul 2016

There are many books that for one reason or another exist in my mind as part of a list of classics. Books that I feel are quoted or read widely enough that I feel lacking by not having read them. Catch 22 fits into that category in my mind and I have now moved it over to the read side.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Last Girl

11 May 2016

I picked The Last Girl as my choice for the free book of the month from Amazon, at least that is how I think I got this for free. It was an okay book, the story was interesting, somewhat reminded me of Children of Men just based on the premise of the world breaking down if there was a problem with birthrates. This book centers around the concept of the birthrate of girls dropping to zero rather than all births, but that would be a byproduct eventually.

Reading Time: 1 minute

When Breath Becomes Air

27 Apr 2016

I heard about When Breath Becomes Air coming out probably because of the New York Times article that the author wrote, but I am not entirely sure. I do not think I read that article, only a snippet about the book. Basically, guy is a doctor, finds out he has cancer, decides to write book while he is dying, now he is dead, here is the book.

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Giraffe

26 Apr 2016

Giraffe is the debut novel by J.M. Ledgard although it is the second book of his that I have read. I forget why I initially read Submergence, but afterwards I wanted to read something else by Ledgard and I figured his debut was a good a place as any to look.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Morning Star

15 Apr 2016

The third and final book in the Red Rising trilogy, Morning Star was equally as good as the first two books. None of them are liteary masterpieces, but they are still quite entertaining and fun to read.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

29 Mar 2016

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is not at all what I thought it was going to be. I had envisioned a book that had some general wisdom veiled in motorcycle maintenance metaphors, I was not expecting a full blown philosophy book. For much of my life, I have been in the Aristotelian camp, but lately I have been broadening my thought process because of a few points of life that still confuse me. This book opened new doors that I did not know existed so it took me longer to read and ponder, but I am quite glad I got around to reading this.

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Fates and Furies

10 Mar 2016

Fates and Furies is yet another work of literary fiction with a dramatic amount of metaphor and flowery language. This is a heavy book with a wide variety of twists and turns and themes relating to belonging and loneliness. I definitely recommend it, but it drags on at times in a flurry of pretense.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Bell Jar

29 Feb 2016

Thank goodness for leap day as I managed to technically get in another book in February. I forgot why I added The Bell Jar to my wishlist, but it was sitting there when I went to buy another set of books so I figured why not give it a shot. I think I wanted to read something by Sylvia Plath as I have heard her name floated about but never really got around to it before. As this is her only novel, it was a natural choice.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Goldfinch

23 Feb 2016

I was in an airport bookshop and saw The Goldfinch on the shelf. I picked it up and glanced at the back cover, decided that yes I would like to read this but based on it's heft not on this trip. My Kindle has been the sole source of my reading for quite a while now, so picking up a random book to lug around on a trip just didn't make sense. I added it to my wishlist and I finally got around to finishing it now. It took me three weeks to work through both because it has heavy prose as well as my preoccupation with other endevors.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Siddhartha

30 Jan 2016

I am not sure where I had first heard of Siddhartha, but it has been in the back of my head as a book that I should read at some point. Originally written in German in 1922, this is truly an odd book.

Reading Time: 3 minutes