Right now I am reading three books: (see above)
Proust and the Squid: the Science of the Reading Brain
–very well-researched and almost as dry
–some interesting historical notes on the development of reading/literacy throughout history
Gulag Archipelago: I’m cheating and reading the abridged version (I don’t need all of the torture details anyway)
–Add it to the Holocaust and the Rule of Mao in China and it seems like half the world’s population was suffering (and dying) for communism in the early to mid 20th century. The Hitler also seems to be the most conspicuous and, terrifyingly, the least deadly.
All Families are Psychotic: my first introduction to Douglas Coupland and so far I’m enjoying myself
Since I’m currently reading three books that means I am daydreaming about what I will get to sample next. My current “-to-read” shelf on goodreads.com is almost 100 strong and, as of today, more organized. I looked into whether each one is available in the local public library and, if it wasn’t and I thought it would be of wider interest, I requested it for purchase.
Go ahead, get involved with your local library. They don’t have a book you are interested in? Most likely there is a link on their website (or ask the info desk) that allows you to suggest a book to be purchased. Maybe they’ll buy it, maybe they won’t but if they do, free books!
Books I requested today:
The Untelling by Tayari Jones
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson
Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp, Stephanie Klein (maybe my parents should have sent me to one of these as a chubby child)
The Last Days of the Incas
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
And 10 or so more….It can’t hurt to suggest