We pick up the action 2/3 of the way thru our read-a-book-per-week-in-2017 challenge. Here is what I’ve read so far, with a few highlights thrown in:
- Mort(e) – Robert Repino
- Armada – Ernest Cline
- Cesar Millan’s Lessons from the Pack – Cesar Millan
- Robin Hood: Prince of Outlaws – Alexander Dumas
- Living Dangerously – Ranulph Fiennes
- The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey
- How I Became Stupid – Martin Page
- Tacopedia – Deborah Holtz & Juan Carlos Mena
- Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
- You know how every once in a while, you start reading a book, & it’s apparent from the very 1st page that the author knows exactly what they’re doing, & you don’t have to worry about a thing, just sit back & enjoy the ride? This was one of those books for me.
- Also, there’s the title of chapter six:
- Rice, Noodle, Fish – Matt Goulding
- Castle in the Air – Diana Wynne Jones
- Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherine M. Valente
- Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World – Candace Savage
- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
- Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals – Hal Herzog
- Why do I adore my pet lovebirds yet I’m okay with eating a turkey sandwich? This book explores the inconsistencies in our thinking when it comes to animals & invites us to use a bit more logic in what is overwhelmingly an emotional subject for many. A fascinating thought provoker, even if you don’t consider yourself an animal lover.
- The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories – H.P. Lovecraft
- The Apothecary – Maile Meloy
- A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
- I don’t math well, & it’s been a long time since I sat in a science class. Nevertheless, this book is easily one of my favorites of everything I’ve read this year. Hawking writes for the every man yet discusses topics such as space-time & naked singularities, & it is not long before you feel you’re expert enough on the subject to go tête-à-tête with Dr. Who. Hawking makes you think that maybe, just maybe, you COULD understand quantum mechanics…you know, if you really wanted to.
- The Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – Haruki Murakami
- Hansons Half Marathon Method – Luke Humphrey
- Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ – Giulia Enders
- Hangsaman – Shirley Jackson
- This book contains what is probably my favorite literary paragraph ever:
- My Life in France – Julia Child
- The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
- I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life – Ed Yong
- The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There – Catherine M. Valente
(Note: I’ve included links to some of the books on Amazon, just for reference, not because I think you should buy all your books on Amazon.)
Astute readers will note that it is now the end of the 2nd week in September, thus, I should have read 36 books by now. Yes, this is the cold, hard truth of it – I’m 8 books behind schedule.
When I recently finished my 26th book, my sister rewarded me with an encouraging bookmark:
Well played. I guess it’s time to nut up or shut up, as the saying goes.
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