Book Log – Lots of Months

I got married and stuff. People moved. It was a busy time. Here is a quick list of what I’ve read since May. Perhaps I will manage to be more regular about things. We shall see.

  1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (5/5) – One of my favorites and this time read in the form of a fancy copy gotten for me by my lovely bride.
  2. Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake (4.5/5) – Fungi are fun, guy! Also no way this writer isn’t a wizard in disguise. This book was very cool.
  3. Castle on the River Vistula by Michelle Tea (3.5/5) – The last of a trilogy Simone wanted me to read. Fun enough. Great for kids.
  4. At the Lucky Hand by Goran Petrovic (5/5) – I LOVED this book. One of the most intriguing uses of form and premise I’ve seen. Right up there with If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler.
  5. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (3/5) – I’m going against the grain here. In isolation, all of the Neapolitan Novels are wonderful. Together? It’s 2000 pages of one person being predictably horrible to another person. Eventually, it’s enough already.
  6. Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli (5/5) – My new favorite physicist to read. He makes me think in ways I haven’t before.
  7. Beeswing by Richard Thompson (4/5) – An interesting and seemingly honest memoir. He certainly doesn’t spare himself. Good read.
  8. The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker (3.5/5) – I REALLY liked the first novel of the set. This one was less interesting. Still a fun read, but it felt like she was trying a bit to hard to stretch the story.
  9. I Was a Bell by M. Soledad Caballero (5/5) – The book of poetry I really needed to read when it had been much to long since I’d read any.
  10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (5/5) – Teaching book. Hadn’t taught it or read it in years. Still great.
  11. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (5/5) – Teaching again. See above.
  12. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson (5/5) – Again, teaching. First time teaching this, though.

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