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The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee

22 Mar 2018

The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee was recommended by our future pediatrician. In many ways it is a book about living a Jewish life and how that applies to situations involving children. In other ways it is just a pretty good parenting book that uses Talmudic thought to ground the reasoning behind certain ideas. Overall this was a very interesting book when you take from it what you want even if you don't want to go too deep into Jewish theology.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Station Eleven

20 Mar 2018

Another suggestion from Amazon's list of best books, Station Eleven is a story about humanity and civilization. The setting is before, during, and after a pandemic that wipes out the majority of the population and therefore brings our modern world to a halt. The narrative jumps back and forth across time and between narrator in a style that worked for me. Overall a good book that I would certainly recommend, but which I found lacking due to the span of time and potential to explore this future world.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Dark Matter

15 Mar 2018

In trying to keep the sources of my books diverse I pull from some lists periodically just to keep an eye on what other people are reading. Dark Matter was the Amazon best book of July 2016 for whatever that is worth. A science fiction thriller driven by some hand wavy quantum mechanics.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Shoe Dog

12 Mar 2018

Shoe Dog, the autobiography or memoir by Phil Knight, is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining account of the rise of the most iconic brand in sports, Nike. I found myself desparate to find out what happened next even though I already knew the broad strokes of most of the story.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Horns

08 Mar 2018

Horns is a wonderful dark comedy by Joe Hill. This one was recommended to me by my wife while we were walking in Washington D.C. and came across a free library on the sidewalk. I can't remember if this book was in there or not, but I think possibly one of his other books, NOS4A2, was in there. It led to this discussion about Horns, Stephen King, the movie based on the book, and the entire genre of american horror. I am really quite pleased that I got around to reading this as soon as I did because I am for sure going to add the rest of his books to my reading list.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Left Hand of Darkness

01 Mar 2018

The Left Hand of Darkness was recommended to me by Taya after she read this as well as The Dispossessed which I understand to be in the same universe. This was quite the interesting read, although my bimodal reaction to fantasy worlds made it hard for me to get into it until I was halfway through. That is, I either fully accept some world and get immersed in it and the reading is a breeze, or for some reason I just hate all the weird names and find it hard to slog through. Overall this was a good book, not my top tier of science fiction, but very close.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Great Leveler

26 Feb 2018

Continuing in my reading trend of all things about inequality, The Great Leveler is a history book attempting to find causes for how income and wealth inequality have been reduced in the past. Ideally this would be some noble cause that leads to a policy recommendation for how we can address the current state of increasing inequality. But alas he finds that the only consistent causes of reduced inequality of any noticable scale were the result of violence. The more violent the compression.

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Down Girl

07 Feb 2018

I added this book to my list some months ago after I believe seeing a review in a newspaper. I bought it in the last batch of books along with Between the World and Me, not fully aware of the potential for overlapping themes. But after reading the former, I decided why not continue in the spirit of understanding bigotry and continue on to reading Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. A modern take on the foundational philosophical foundations of mysogyny. This book is fantastic. I highly recommend it, although I will have a few caveats below.

Reading Time: 6 minutes

Between the World and Me

29 Jan 2018

A letter from a father to his son, Between the World and Me is something that got inside my brain. I had a lot of thoughts while reading this, mostly around trying to comprehend the reality of how different life can be. There is much to say, most of it feels cliche or naive. I've come to the conclusion that I can have knowledge about certain things but never truly feel them. Empathy can only extend so far when the fabric of society dictates so much of our unconscious perceptions.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The War of Art

21 Jan 2018

Another book made it onto my list for a reason I can no longer remember. I decided to pick up The War of Art and power through it because otherwise I should remove it from my list. Luckily it was a short read, but beyond that I found it to be quite good. I'm not a big fan of the self-help genre, but when someone verbalizes certain things that I have felt but couldn't quite put my finger on I am apt to pay attention.

Reading Time: 2 minutes