Biblio-files for February 2016
My mission to reclaim wasted time and channel it all into reading has obviously been going well…now if only blogging would continue on that path. I read mostly fiction in Feb, which I mention as I am writing this in April and spoiler alert, I will soon begin to gravitate to more and more non fiction. Most of the books I have been ordering on Amazon have also reflected this, so I’m assuming the trend will continue for awhile. However, let’s get caught up on what I read a couple of months ago before we worry about that!
1. Walking In Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe. Not at all what I thought it would be. A bit more narrative and it ended up being better than I expected. I have picked up a few of these dog point of view books at goodwill, now I’m curious to see what they are each like and how different they may all turn out to be compared to what I thought.
2. The Orchard by Theresa Weir. Kind of fluffy and as it is about a family in the apple orchard business, I seemed to have latched onto the details about the family owned business and that’s what I took away from it. So now I know random details about working with apples, like when there are bruises under the stickers on your apple, its from the delicate skin of the fruit and that novices are not applying the sticker with the correct finger pressure.
3. Home To Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani. The 4th in this series and I hope the last. I enjoyed them enough, but I was really over the characters by the time I finished this last one. I got the feeling that the author may have been as well. Admittedly the 4th was better than the 3rd so maybe she got a second wind while writing this one.
4. Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors. I have become quite taken by historical novels recently and this was an excellent example of why I love them. The story of the Taj Mahal written through the tale of the family responsible for its construction was incredibly mesmerizing. If architecture school had approached their history classes as eloquently, I perhaps would have stuck with the major.
5. The Lost Language of Cranes by David Leavitt. An incredibly moving story about a family and their sons coming out. Everything I want to say about it might end up not letting you enjoy the unfolding of the story so I will leave it at that it is incredibly well written.
6. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani. Beautifully written book about a young woman in 17th century Persia. Perhaps it’s due to having taken AP Modern European History in high school and focusing so much on Europe from 1450 on that has made me fascinated by the rest of the world from an anthropological point of view at that time. Especially about Japan, China and Persia. I really enjoy it and this one was no exception, I loved it!
7. Contagious by John Berger. This book shows up over and over again on marketing must read lists and for good reason. It delves into what makes information go viral. If you’re a marketing nerd, entrepreneur or just love business books in general, make sure it’s on your list.
8. A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer (and Charles Fishman). I read this for book club so I have talked about it at length. I enjoyed it and know enough about the publishing industry to understand that the name dropping was most likely part of signing the deal. If you take it for what it is, an account of a very famous person talking about how he likes to have really cool conversations with other famous people (and not just famous, but those other conversations are not included in this book) and why, then go for it. It’s not really a book to “learn” from, but a great book to read and understand what a cool perspective he has on the world.
So what have you read lately?