June Reading Update

My plan to read more this year will be helped greatly by the fact that my new job involves a bus ride. Thanks in part to that, I finished four books in June.

A few years ago, I read Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City and really liked it. More recently, I picked up a copy of his Dissident Gardens from our awesome local used bookstore. I started reading it not knowing much about it and was a bit surprised that it was more conventional than Chronic City and my perception of Lethem’s work in general. That’s not a bad thing. Dissident Gardens is an excellent book and an interesting one to read shortly after reading DeLillo’s Underworld. Both cover a similar time period (second half of the 20th Century) and are very New York centric. Also, baseball plays a big role in each.

Steven Pinker’s The Sense of Style was just OK, which was a bit of a disappointment. I appreciated Pinker’s more liberal approach to grammar and syntax, but he tends to overexplain and provide too many examples which make the book feel padded.

I also read volume four of Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga which continues to be great. Finally, I finished working through Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book.

June Reading Update

I finished 22 books by the end of June:

June Round Up

Because I often write in various places, I’ve decided that I would like to create an index of sorts every month to help keep track of what I’ve done where and of other things I’ve been working on. So for June 2015:

On Being and Formulating:


For all of 2015: