Have you read anything good lately?
I’m really enjoying GoodReads. I want to thank the Cynics who urged me to start using it. Not only is it perfect for organizing my books (I used a notebook from 2009 to now), but I love seeing the updates from my friends on what they’ve been reading.
In March alone, I’ve read some really great books.
Lock In by John Scalzi.
I was a bit hesitant about this one at first because not all of Scalzi’s books grab me. I loved Old Man’s War but most of his other books just didn’t grab me to the same extent. So Lock In was a delightful surprise. The mystery part was nothing special but the world creation was excellent and the idea behind the threeps and the disease itself could have been easily been too gimmicky but Scalzi managed to give it much more depth.
Watership Down, by Richard Adams.
I’ve been a voracious reader since as long as I can remember. One of my favorite things about books is how you can be surprised by how much is out there that you just haven’t discovered yet. Watership Down was one of those gems which I just don’t remember ever hearing about. I finally saw it on one of those “Must Read” lists and thought I would give it a try. I expected it to be about a submarine. Instead I got anthropomorphic bunnies. I almost gave up on it but decided to stick to my 15% rule and glad I did.
The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway.
I read this a long time ago so didn’t remember much about it. I love Hemingway but I had difficulty getting into this one despite it being constantly rated as his best work. I think I read this when I was in my late teens last time around the time I had read On The Road and both books felt very similar to me but with different generations and locations.
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt.
My St. Patrick’s day reading. It’s 510 pages. I read it in two days without skimming. Nuff said.
On the Beach by Nevil Shute.
I thought I had started reading this a few years ago and put it down because I couldn’t get through it but I wasn’t sure. So I started it and I’m putting it down because I can’t get through it. It’s considered a classic of post-apocalyptic fiction. Not by me.
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman.
A collection of his recent short stories. Some are excellent (The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains), some are skimmable.