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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.

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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

All the Light We Cannot See

28 Jan 2016

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 agree.

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The Man in the High Castle

19 Jan 2016

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.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Moonlit Garden

13 Jan 2016

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 mediocre.

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Fight Club

11 Jan 2016

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.

Reading Time: 2 minutes