Books I Read in June

This one is going to be a real short one. I usually read before bed and after moving the office and other stuff, I was asleep after only a few pages. Also, one was the size of an encyclopedia so…

Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I read this when it first came out. It’s a bit of a pain to read because he invents so many words that there’s a glossary at the back. At the time, I photocopied the glossary, shrunk it, and bound it so I wouldn’t have to flip to the end to see what a damn jeejah is. But now with an ebook, you can download a glossary and just tap the word. Brilliant. The book is brilliant also but my complaint is that it probably could have been edited down a bit. But, that’s Stephenson.

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney. I was on the waiting list for her new book, Normal People, which is getting rave reviews (and that I am reading now) so thought I would give her freshman effort a try. It is nicely written but I didn’t quite get involved in the plot. Normal People grabbed me by the throat right away, although I’m only about a third done with it.

Under the Skin by Michel Faber. Whoa. Where the hell did this book come from. (I guess it’s a movie but I haven’t seen it and the reviews are that it’s loosely adapted from the novel which is never a good thing, unless the novel sucks) I honestly had no idea what I was about to read. It made it onto my list for some reason and I figured I might as well give it a go and get it off my list if I hated it. Probably the best read of the year up to this point. It’s a sci-fi book but doesn’t reveal itself as one until you’re invested in the story. Faber masterfully pulls back a little bit of the curtain at just the right time. There’s nothing better than being lost in a book when you have no idea where the author is taken it. He made all the right turns at all the right places. Highly recommend it. I am intentionally not talking about the plot because why ruin the surprise.

What have you guys been reading?