Two thumbs up for A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders. Writing.
With the exception of two or three SFF authors, I don’t enjoy reading short stories, which means I don’t write them with any confidence, either. I am always suspicious that they are merely vignettes rather than stories.… >> Read more
Two thumbs up for Moby-Dick: Or, The Whale by Herman Melville. Literature.
I’m not going to review Moby-Dick; you already know if you are the kind of person who will read Moby-Dick or not. If you are interested, but perhaps a little intimidated, I will recommend the free audio version performed by Stewart Wills on LibriVox. I do not enjoy audio books, but Moby-Dick is secretly poetry rather than prose, so I found that it suited walking home from work, as if some elder were recounting an epic in my ear to speed up a necessary expedition.… >> Read more
Oh, so belated, this list. But hey, it’s done at last.
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha LeeMath, honor, magic, music, Asian mythology, war, genocide, lexicography, weaponry, time travel, and spaceships….(full review)
Graceling by Karen CashoreYou can think of Graceling as Tamora Pierce upgraded.(full review)
The Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckIf you have not read it, read it. If you have read it, read it again.(full review)
The Time Roads by Beth BernobichHave I mentioned I like time travel?(full review)
Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life by Kate Rhéaume-BleueEat the butter, people.… >> Read more
You’d think because of the fact I’m posting this in March that I struggled to choose what books I wanted to feature on my Best of the Year list, but no, the delay was due to sheer laziness. In fact, this year it was easy to choose.
I read a lot of great books in 2013, on a wide variety of topics, but the ones I want with me on my desert island fell into two categories: Greece and Rome.… >> Read more
Picking one’s favorite books of the year is a surprisingly fraught process. At least, it is for me. I feel like I have to correct for the fact that, like everyone, I have stronger feelings about things that happened more recently: book-reading included. I remember loving Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader and Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, back in January, but at this point can I consider them among my favorites?… >> Read more
According to the useful stat-crunchers over at Goodreads, I read 140 books in 2011 – which, I grant you, includes 30 illustrated kids’ books. Many were good; some were irritating; some were boring; and some were great. Here’s my personal favorites – drumroll please! In alphabetical order:
Against a Dark Backgroundmy review
The Anthologistmy review
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seenmy review
Owl in Lovemy review
Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retoldmy review
True Gritmy review
The Winter of Our Discontentmy review
Hmm….… >> Read more