All the Light We Cannot See has been constantly
recommended to me, it was a top book of the year a couple years ago,
as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner. What put me over the top to finally
add this to my reading list was glancing at a few of the reviews for
The Nightingale which said this book was better than that one in
the genre of World War II historical fiction. To that point I think I
Amazon created a TV series semi-based on this book and it was
available as part of the Unlimited Kindle reading program on
Amazon, so I decided to check it out. The Man in the High Castle
is a mindfuck. Seriously, I might have to read it again or just
think about it for a while before I really understand what the
hell happened. Nonetheless, it was pretty good.
Amazon started a program called Kindle First
where you can pick one of six books each month to get for
free. Of the six choices for January, I decided to pick
The Moonlit Garden. I probably would not
have picked up this book otherwise, and after reading it
I would not really jump to read something by this author
again. Although the book was ultimately not bad, it was not
my style and I think the overall quality of the book was
The movie Fight Club was good, but I always heard that
I should read Fight Club as it was
much better. Typical. In fact, this is such a universal
fact that the only reason I think people say "the book
was better" anymore is to prove they read or to establish
themselves as somehow above the normal movie going masses.
Was the book better than the movie? Yes, no, it was the same
basic thing, but when your imagination gets to fill in gaps
that come pre-packaged in the visual format of cinema you are
left feeling like this is more satisfying because I was part of
the creative process.
I have seen The Power of the Dog on Amazon for quite
some time now; the cover kept drawing my eye and the description
was enough to have me put it on my wish list more than once
forgetting that it was already there. I finally got around
to reading it, and man was it good.
Another Amazon recommendation that hit the spot, Bull Mountain
is a fast paced, well written, crime thriller. The writing style
is one that I personally like, where each chapter is from the
perspective of a different person at a different point in time,
that keeps you guessing as it revels information in little bits
until the final convergence of the different threads near the end.
I am really happy I started my reading year off right with this one.
My New Year's resolution for 2015 was to read a book a week. I was successful
in doing this in total, even though I did not follow a linear path. As you can
see in this chart:
I have always been interested in the criminal justice
system both from a fiction and non-fiction perspective.
Forensics is a non-fiction book
about the various forensic sciences written by an
author of fictional crime stories. It is basically
a series of anecdotes, interviews, and case studies
about a variety of different techniques used to catch
and prosecute criminals.
Even though this book kept popping up on Amazon recommendations
and other lists, for some reason every time I read the description
I put off reading it. However, now that I have finished
The Nightingale I am sorry that I delayed picking
it up for as long as I did. This was really a moving piece of
In my attempt to read a book a week this year, I have gone through a
variety of different strategies to find new things to read. Amazon
has good recommendations if I want to read similar books to what I
have read already. This is not the worst thing if I like the books
that I have been reading, but it also reinforces certain genres. When
I want to step out and try something new, I have looked at best seller
lists as well as any other random lists I can find. A very small number
of books come from one off recommendations. Furiously Happy
comes from a best seller list. I was specifically looking for
something non-fiction, and this came up, I think I picked it because
it sounded funny and the cover was amusing.