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Book Thoughts | Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I finished reading Of Mice and Men last night. Its very short length belies the emotional impact of Steinbeck's obliquely named novella. Though I had read it before, some twenty odd years ago, I found myself hazy on the … [Read More...]

2017 Reading Stats in Review

I read a few books in 2017. Here's a breakdown of stats, followed by some lists of my favorite books this year: 72 total books/graphic novels/audiobooks. 64 different authors. 30 books in 22 different series, 13 … [Read More...]

Review | The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi

Meh. A big fat 'meh' is all I can muster for Scalzi's latest, The Collapsing Empire. There's potential here, interesting concepts and creative ideas, and even some clever plot twists. And yet, it feels like Scalzi is … [Read More...]

Review | Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

A few years ago, I read a book called Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Written by David Graeber, an anthropologist, and anarchist (I'm not sure how one teaches at the London School of Economics and calls themselves an anarchist, … [Read More...]

Short Review | A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

As titles go, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is about as much of an understatement as it gets. And yet, it is one of the most surprisingly fulfilling reads of my year. During the Russian Revolution, Count Alexander … [Read More...]

DNF | Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

As part of this year's UK Reading Challenge, I tried to read Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. It's a satire about 19-year old orphan Flora Poste who decides to go live with her distant relatives (or something) instead of … [Read More...]

Short Review | Grit by Angela Duckworth

I think one of the best measures of a book is how long after you read it you find yourself talking about it, thinking about it, and recommending it to others. One that recently intrigued me was Grit by Angela Duckworth. It … [Read More...]

Dunkirk? Speaking of WW II history, here are a few recommendations…

(Recommendations at the bottom. If you have a favorite you don't see listed, post it in the comments.) Known as "Operation Dynamo," the evacuation at Dunkirk began on May 26, 1940, saving 338,000 Allied troops from the … [Read More...]

Seeking Fortune in the Pacific Ocean: A Review of Three Great Books

I didn't set out to read three books in a row about three completely different casts of characters as they seek their own kind of fortune in the expanses of the Pacific Ocean, but two Audible daily deals about this topic … [Read More...]

Harry Potter’s 20th Birthday: On magic, youth, and reading the series to my kids

There's nothing quite like rediscovering Harry Potter through the eyes of children. Like most readers of my generation, I enjoyed the books of the Harry Potter series as they were released (mostly, at least...I missed the … [Read More...]

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