The March Reading List

After a long post-Christmas reading lull, I’m back on the horse and back to reading more books. This year, I’ve signed up for the 50 books challenge again, although last year I was about five books short (not counting audiobooks).

Recently Purchased Books

Wool, Hugh Howey 

So far, I’m fairly disappointed by this self-published dystopian novel. I love the world, I love the characters, but the pacing is a bit off. Things happen fairly slowly, and I think it’s a bit under-populated. I paid full price for it a B&N, though, so I’m going to effin’ finish it.

The New Kings of Non-Fiction, various authors (edited by Ira Glass)
I’m almost done with this! It’s been amazing! I’ve learned so much, and thought so much, and been charmed so much by so many of the stories. Not only are these great narratives, but they’re also top examples of smart, incisive, insightful journalism. I might write another post about my favorite pieces.

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Tim Weiner
A big fat book on the CIA, mostly a take-down, which promises that it’s based entirely on primary sources and on-record interviews.

The Pale King, David Foster Wallace
:’( I’ve resisted picking up this book because it won’t be finished. But DFW is DFW. He’s even got an amazing story in the anthology above.

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
Basically, I’m interested because it was on a lot of top lists last year, and because the back flap calls it both “affecting” and “captivating.” I had to ask Matt what a shortstop was, but other than that, I’m game.

Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen
I bought this book after picking it up at Vlada’s place—Ben is apparently a voracious reader who shares my taste—on his bookshelf, I saw David Foster Wallace, David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami, and Umberto Eco. Here’s hoping he’ll get a Goodreads account so that I can continue to pick his brain.

Borrowed, Recently Abandoned

&otherwise on the short list

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter (grabbed this from the staff lounge)
Dear Life, Alice Munro (ditto)
Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon
I bought this book over Christmas break and haven’t read it mostly because it had a nasty encounter with my water bottle. I still might read you, book. Pretty sad considering I mostly bought it in print because I thought the typography was pretty.

Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
I think this is one of the best-reviewed of Atwood’s books on Goodreads, so I have hopes it’ll be entertaining. I really like Margaret Atwood, but this book seems very different than some of her other books (mostly dystopian novels, Handmade’s TaleOryx & Crake). I can’t wait to read MaddAddam, though. And also this was free via Vicky.

The Metaphysical Touch, Sylvia Brownigg
“This is a perfect Vicky book because it’s all about love on the internet and stuff,” said Vicky. Fair enough. And thanks for the free books, Vicky.

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