I read 9 books last month. NINE. Granted 3 of them were re-reads, but it was still a relatively productive reading month. I also hit up 2 library book sales last month, so I still have a stack of books waiting to be read.
The Intuitionist, Colton Whitehead: Whitehead’s newest book, The Underground Railroad, has gotten rave reviews, so I thought I should stay behind the times and read this one instead. This book is…a strange, surreal metaphor. I felt like I could just about grasp the metaphor, but if I tried to explain it in words it would make no sense. I suspect this is a love-it-or-hate-it book for most people, but since I’m chronically indecisive I can’t decide whether I liked it.
The Book of Phoenix, Nnedi Okorafor: I’ve had Who Fears Death on my TBR list for years, but I’ve also been putting it off because I’ve heard there’s some really violent/disturbing imagery. Reading this prequel convinced me it would be worth plowing through the disturbing stuff.
Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood: I love Margaret Atwood, of course, but the synopsis for this book didn’t entice me at all. I gave it a try anyway, and I never should have doubted. This was a thoroughly engrossing read. I also now know the plot of The Tempest, so I can pretend to be cultured. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Fire and Hemlock, Dianna Wynne Jones: This is YA, so move on if you’re one of those people who thinks you’re too adult to read YA fiction. But I love Dianna Wynne Jones’ books. She is one of the few authors who can suck me in to any story she writes.
Ignorance: How it Drives Science, Stuart Firestein: As someone who works in science, I’m not the intended audience for this book. The “Ignorance” of the title is an imprecise description of the subject matter; it’s more about “known unkowns” and asking good questions. I think this would be a good basic introduction to the process of science if you’re interested in that.
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt: This book is excellent for understanding the root of moral judgments that differ from yours (and also for understanding your own). It examines the guiding role of intuition in forming morals and thus political and religious opinions. I found this to be a good companion read to American Nations, which I read a few weeks before.
The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury: Bradbury was a master of short stories. This is one of my favorite short story collections.
Anne of Ingleside & Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery: The occasional re-read of childhood favorites is good for my soul. Have you tried it?
How often do you re-read your favorite books?
What’s your best library book sale find?
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