Book List

Since I have so much free time to read now, I thought it might be interesting to share what I am reading. Maybe you can get (or give me) a recommendation!

August, 2011: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (Gets into your head and makes you feel a little bit crazy. I’m still trying to figure out what everything meant. Loved it, but sometimes had no idea what was going on.)

August, 2011: The Reader, Bernard Schlink

September, 2011: Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh (Awesome!)

October, 2011: Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett (Recommendation from the BBC top 100 favorite books. It was good, but a little mass market to be a favorite book. I’m such a snob.)

October, 2011: A Town Like Alice, Neil Schute (Wonderful!)

October, 2011: The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (If you haven’t read the trilogy yet, do it now before the movies come out. Block out a weekend, get plenty of snacks, and turn off your phone. You won’t want to do anything else.)

October, 2011: Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

October, 2011: Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

November, 2011: Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, Alejandro Junger (This is what started the cleanse craze. Read at your own risk. He is very persuasive.)

November, 2011: The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame (Also from the BBC top 100 – apparently one of the best-loved childrens books of all time. I think I lost something by reading it as an adult.)

December, 2011: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach (Quirky and fun but sometimes made me feel nauseous.)

December, 2011: Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, Margot Berwin (Essentially the plot of The Coconut Stealer, the romance novel my friend Libby and I started writing in Madagascar, except that this one was finished and published. Very wierd.)

December, 2011: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollan

December, 2011: The Battle for Christmas, Stephen Nissenbaum

January, 2012: Tess of the D’Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy

January, 2012: Dark Tide: the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, Stephen Puleo (Crazy! If you don’t know about this, wikipedia it!)

January, 2012: Things Fall Apart, Cninua Achebe (AWESOME!)

January, 2012: Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Thus concludes my run of adolescent science fiction. Oh, wait… I still have Dune on the kindle. Nevermind.)

February, 2012: Moonwalking with Einstein, Josh Foer (About the World Memory Championship. Made me reminisce about all the houses I’ve ever lived in and assess them as potential “memory palaces” to remember stuff for my upcoming appearance on Jeopardy, but reminiscing is as far as I got.)

February, 2012: Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

February, 2012: A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson (Ambitious to say the least, and also very interesting. I thought of lots of things I could build “memory palaces” for. But, again, that’s as far as I got. The studying for Jeopardy has really taken a backseat.)

March, 2012: If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Italo Calvino (There was no plot, it bounced all over the place. That was the point. Reading this book was like trying to live inside of a Picasso painting. Interesting, and I’m sure it would be a very good selection for an English major to dissect, but not exactly beach reading.)

March, 2012: Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink, Michael Blanding (This book taught me that Coke totally sucks. This book also made me want a coke every time I read it, so I’m not sure if it is helping or hurting them.)

March, 2012: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson (I accidentally started this book thinking it was just another chapter in If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. That should show how much it bounced around. Luckily, this book ended up being really interesting!)

March, 2012: Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (I wanted something less heavy, and I got it. But this was a little too… smutty. Maybe I’ll go back to the adolescent science fiction for a middle ground.)

April, 2012: Catch Me if You Can, Frank Abegnale (Ok, here’s some better light reading. About the worlds most amazing con man. I haven’t seen the movie, but the book was so mind-boggling I couldn’t believe it wasn’t fiction!)

April, 2012: The Zookeeper’s Wife, Diane Ackerman

April, 2012: A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink

April, 2012: Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller

April, 2012: The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood. (I described this to my friend Jonthon, who likes to teach Dystopian literature, as “a sexy 1984.” I couldn’t put it down!)

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