Currently Reading as of July 20th, 2019:

  • Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by JK Rowling
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I’m a big reader! And a serial re-reader. This page is just to reflect on some of the books that I’ve read, and maybe give you some inspiration on your next read.

Recent Reads:

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – Finished 6/17/19. Trevor Noah is way better on paper than on camera! This story was insightful, shocking, funny, and well-written. Unfortunately, I’m writing this summary over a month after finishing the book, so I can’t bring any specific compliments or criticisms to mind. Would definitely recommend.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon – Finished 6/10/19. I had no clue what this book was when I started, and even coming out it’s hard to describe how it incorporated all the central elements. This novel was about comic books, World War II, Judaism, homosexuality, all blending nicely together with a story about family and American culture and history. If I had one complaint, it would be that some of the book felt rather disjointed as Sammy’s childhood and superhero characters background stories are explored. The book was surprisingly dark and surprisingly compelling. The cast of characters remained well-expressed, interesting, and tragic in a variety of ways over the story’s unusually long 12 year timeline. Given how thoroughly I enjoyed this book, I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it before picking it up!

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – Finished 5/27/19. I loved the layout! The way that the book is written as a compilation of reports from Charlie’s perspective was perfect, and the author did an incredible job of conveying the slow progress to intelligence and (spoiler) back again. This book is lacking something profound and essential, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it is. I usually love stories that have a dark ending, or lack the redemption that the story seemed to be leading to. But this book ending by continuing the downward spiral that started on page one was tough to swallow. On the upside, the characters were very interesting and well-written, and kudos to the author for giving them all motivations and actions that were understandable even though I found most to be completely unrelatable.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – Finished 5/22/19. What an amazing book! I might have to go back and re-read a lot of his work after how much I enjoyed this one. It draws you in right off the bat with small but vivid details that make you want to believe the story. He slowly introduces great characters and gives a little bit of everybody’s perspective throughout the book. There’s great research that went into the story, wonderfully written moments of tension, and scenes so well written and so descriptive that they play out just like a movie in your mind. If I could change anything, it would be to forget everything I know about the book and movies and be able to experience this book again from a completely clean slate. This is a book that you just can’t put down!

Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer – Finished 5/16/19. It was good, not great. The author clearly had fun writing a magic system that was fully explained, which is unusual in the genre. The characters were all very flat. There were a couple callbacks that were really well placed and fun, but overall it lacked something. It definitely didn’t live up to what I heard about it.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Finished 5/11/19. I really enjoyed this! All the Sanderson books I’ve read (four or five), I’ve been just a little disappointed by the ending. I think he’s a much stronger writer through the beginning and middle of books and the ending only struggles by comparison! My favorite character: Doomslug of course. What I liked: the main character was a girl, but her gender genuinely didn’t matter at all. Interesting character, no silly romance, and no calling attention to the fact that she was a strong female lead. The story is fun and fantastical and original. Highly recommend as an easy read.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

A quick writeup about my favorite book. It’s hard to write about it without getting carried away with speculation and spoilers! I also include a gallery about how I rebound a copy of the book in leather. Read More