March sucked. March always sucks. It’s a month based on lies. Yeah, it’s nice and sunny out, but still as cold as February. I’m glad it’s dead. I was really worried that the Mueller report was going to be released in March. Because, March sucks and everything that happens in March is just terrible.
But, we still have books. And books are wonderful no matter what burning shit pile of a month you’re in. So here’s the latest roundup. And as always, please use the comments to share what you have read.
Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power, by Lisa Mosconi. This was partially entertaining, then became mostly annoying. I hate books that tell you what you should be eating because these foods will make you smarter, better looking, and immortal. It would have been better off as a Medium article instead of an entire book.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. I’m an introvert!! I should have loved this book. But another article inflated to a book. March got off to a slow start.
The Best American Travel Writing 2014 When the weather is crappy, my mind wants to be anywhere else but in Boston. So a book of travel essays were what the doctor ordered.
I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson. I love Bryson’s writing style. He is that rare voice that can be funny without overdoing it. I just started reading another book of his which should make the April list.
The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn. I’m suspicious of these Gillian Flynn style books that have been all over the place. I tried the Woman on the Train, or The Woman in Cabin whatever and couldn’t get past the first 10%. So I expected this to be going back to the library within the first few minutes of cracking it open. But it was surprisingly good. At least the beginning. I think he lost it about halfway through but not a bad effort. Coincidentally, about halfway through I found an article on the author which puts him in a sketchy light so that may have prejudiced me against the second half of the book.
The Border (Power of the Dog, #3), by Don Winslow. This trilogy is just phenomenal. It’s like if The Wire was a 2700 page trilogy on Mexican drug cartels. The third book in the series was just released a few weeks ago and is probably the weakest of all three because it feels a bit repetitive if you have read the other two. But it’s still one of the best books I have read this year so far.
Becoming, by Michelle Obama. I just finished this up yesterday. A solid autobiography although I feel like it could have been a little more detailed. It did make me miss having competent, thoughtful people in the White House. Those were the days…