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.
I finished 22 books by the end of June:
- The Golden Compass
- The Subtle Knife
- The Amber Spyglass
- The Best American Essays of 2014 (ebook)
- I Know I Am, But What Are You? (library book)
- Wreckage (ebook)
- What Next: A Memoir Toward World Peace (library book)
- White Space Is Not Your Enemy (library book)
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (library book)
- The Martian
- Seconds (library book)
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
- The Best American Short Stories 2014 (ebook)
- The Trouble with Being Born (ebook)
- What Stays in Vegas (library book)
- Trail of Broken Wings (ebook)
- Dissident Gardens
- Saga, Volume 4
- Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book
- The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century