Well, it’s school time again which means, in terms of reading that there’s lots of re-reading done at a slower than I would like pace which also slows down the completion of the books I’m reading for fun. That said, I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve read lately, and that’s awfully nice.

Anyway, here we go a list and stuff.

  1. Relativity by Albert Einstein – Listen, I’m not giving relativity a rating. That’s absurd. I’ve read so much pop physics around it that I wanted to go to the source. It’s surprisingly easy to understand, for the most part. There are, of course, very mathy sections that fly over my head. But you shouldn’t be scared of it if you were before.
  2. The Storyteller by Pierre Jarawan (5/5) – This was an amazing book that centers on a German-born-of-Lebanese-parents and his struggles to deal with both his family and the pull her feels for a homeland he’s never seen with a bit of a mystery novel feel to it. Everything about this book feels completely true and real and the writing is gorgeous. One of the best books I’ve read this year.
  3. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (5/5) – I don’t know what I thought this book was going to be like, but it wasn’t that. Lately, I’ve been so appreciative of any narrative structure that diverts from the norm. The way this story is told feels like an essential representation of the essence of the story.
  4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (5/5) – And here we are with the first book my AP literature class read. It’s wonderful and a completely essential read. That said, this is the fourth or fifth year in a row I’ve taught it, and it’s time to mix things up a bit next year.
  5. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (5/5) – And here’s the second thing AP lit will read. It had been a little bit longer for me on this one and I continue to enjoy it. I’m interested to see how students react to the ending, which still plays as somewhat shocking even today.
  6. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (5/5) – And THIS book is what my junior classes just finished. This is on the very short list of books I think I could teach every year. There’s so much nuance to it and I love watching my students come to grips with the different characters. The only film of it was made in 1957 and I feel like we could stand a new version now. It’s awfully relevant at the moment.
  7. Herzog by Saul Bellow (5/5) – This had been on my shelf for a couple of years. I’m glad I finally got to it. I read Bellow in college, but not at all since then. Sometimes the best books are those that manage to humanize thoroughly unlikable characters.