On Writing came to my attention through an interaction with a friend. I have
always loved the creative process of writing, both fiction and nonfiction. However, I have never
really dedicated myself to writing anything of any substance. I find myself paralyzed at the
beginning, unsure how to start, even though I have what I consider to be a good idea for a story.
This book gave me a lot of ideas and tools for how to move forward and perhaps actually finish
something for a change.
I think I ended up reading The Good Girl because it was on the list of free books
from Amazon for July or August. It was a decent book, at times trying way to hard to be better than
it is, but there was enough there to keep my interest and want to know how it was going to end.
The last non-book post I wrote was on New Years. Some things have happened in my life since then.
Shit a lot of things have happened. I started skydiving in mid January. I have done that a lot. I
found out I was not going to do the thing I thought I was going to do around April. This led me to
think about what I wanted to do for work as I had to actually think about that again. I started BASE
jumping in May. That is really a special thing, but I am taking it really slow. I turned 31 in July,
and that did not really change much. I moved to Paris and started working at a startup here in early
July. That has been quite the change. I fell in love, and that is pretty amazing.
I am dragging this year on my reading. Part of that has to do with skydiving taking up a lot
of my time. Part has to do with that I recently moved to Paris. Part has to do with the fact
that I am talking to humans again. Part is that I got lazy and was watching movies, convinced
that I should read something in french to help learn the language. But, I need to learn the
language more before I embark on that because it took me like half an hour to get through the
first page of a french book when I tried a few weeks ago. I read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephensen
a little while back and thought it was pretty good, so I added another of his books to my list,
Snow Crash. As it turns out, I thought this one was even better.
I kept hearing about or seeing Water for Elephants so that I came to the
conclusion that it must be worth checking out. Overall it was an interesting book with a decent
story, but not something I would classify as great. As a quick read I would certainly recommend it,
but do not expect to be blown away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.