Books I Read: June 2017

favorite books of 2016

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.

Fiction

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.

3.5/5 stars

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.

4.5 stars

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.

4.5 stars

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.

4 stars

Non-fiction

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.

3 stars

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.

Re-reads

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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6 Comment

  1. I read The Outsiders almost every year. I’m not a big rereader although I have unintentionally done so lately.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Oh, unintentional rereads can be irritatingly deja vu. Like, did I actually read this book before or am I thinking of something else?

  2. I’ve never been to a library book sale, however, we have an AMAZING charity secondhand bookstore right by our house where they have a $1 book room and I am OBSESSED with it 😛
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Our library book sales are mostly $2 – but they get a lot cheaper on the last day!

  3. Farrah says: Reply

    I’ve never read any of Margaret Atwood’s books, but I’ve heard good things!

    I love re-reading childhood favorites as well! <3
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’ve actually read very few compared to all she’s written, but I’ve liked all of them1

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