Dear 100 Hour Board,
Here's what I've read so far this summer:
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud
The Nameless City, by Faith Erin Hicks
I started Blood Meridian, also by Cormac McCarthy, but I'm having a hard time getting into it. His prose just doesn't seem to flow as well as it does in those other two books or All the Pretty Horses. I might just switch to some Faulkner (I was thinking The Sound and the Fury), because I've heard that McCarthy is rather Faulkner-esque and also that Faulkner is just pretty good in general. Or maybe I'll read some Steinbeck. I haven't read anything of his in ages.
Hallelujah for having time to read in the summer.
I started rereading A Series of Unfortunate Events this past Winter semester, and while the books are really short (I read the first couple in 2 hours each), school and research got in the way and I only got around to finishing the series a week ago.
Last summer I reread a lot of my favorite fantasy series, but this year I wanted to try something new, so I started reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I'll try to finish the series by the end of the summer, but we'll see how that goes.
A Million Little Pieces. Even though it's been debunked as highly fictional, it is still an interesting story.
The Uncommon Reader. It was a cute little novella about the Queen.
Just finished Saving CeeCee Honeycutt at the behest of my mother. It was enjoyable enough, a simple read.
I'm currently reading Atonement by Ian McEwan.
Currently, I am finishing up The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Dianne Wynne Jones. I recently (finally) read the I am Not Serial Killer series by Dan Wells, which turned out to be pretty great. I am also currently listening to The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. It isn't as good as the first book.
I got a library card from the Salt Lake City Library finally, and so right now I have the following books checked out:
- The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan
- Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Dresden File #15)
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (which I have been meaning to read since Junior year of high school...)
- The Runner's Body by Ross Tucker, Ph.D.
The Soulful Ginger (who is determined to finish Anna Karenina this summer. I've only been working on it for two years...fifteen percent to go...)
I'm reading Fellowship of the Ring right now. I'm also reading my physics textbook so I can finish my online class ASAP.
I got a leather set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings two years ago for Christmas and I'm trying to finish those. I am done with The Hobbit and I have two chapters left of The Fellowship of the Ring. I read fast, guys.
Currently Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
I'm also hoping to cross a few books off my New Year's Resolution list this summer, ideally Crime and Punishment and A Tale of Two Cities.
I most recently finished Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling), the third in a series. Grisly murder mysteries? Compelling, humanized protagonists? Well-written and perfectly-paced plot? Yes, please.
At the moment, I'm reading The Double Helix by James Watson. It's the true story of how Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA. One theme of the story is that scientific progress is sometimes less about science and more about people and their relationships. At this point in my life, being a graduate student and all, I find that fascinating and often true. I was expecting the book to be dry, but it turns out that Watson is an incredibly snarky writer and I frequently find myself snorting at his sarcasm.
For work, I'm reading Radiative Heat Transfer in Combustion Systems by Modest & Haworth. It's slow going and rather dry, but densely packed with useful information, so I'm creeping along.
I think some good fantasy is next on the agenda.
Here's a list of everything I've read in the last six months (most of this is on audiobook but it still counts).
I've re-read: The Horse and His Boy, The Silver Chair, The Great Divorce, Peter and the Starcatchers, and Peter and the Shadow Thieves.
I've read for the first time: Cheaper by the Dozen (this book has the occasional swear word, but I love it so much I've just used white-out on it), Belles on Their Toes, bits and pieces of LDS children's illustrated Book of Mormon in Norwegian, and I've been brushing up on my German by perusing Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen.
Your question. Oh wait, you were talking about books.
Right now I'm working my way through Les Miserables, and it really is phenomenal. I started it a year ago and got a good portion of the way through, and then school hit and I put it all on hold. But this summer I'm just working full time, which means I actually have time to read for fun again! My boyfriend speaks French, and sometimes he judges me for not reading Les Mis in its original language, but he's never even read it in English, so it's not like he has room to judge.
I'm also reading a self-improvement book I got for free at the Ted-X thing they held in Provo a few months ago. It's about as cheesy as you expect most self-improvement books to be.
After a long reading hiatus, I just started Assassin's Apprentice. It seriously feels great to be reading again!
I currently have a smorgasbord of titles on my shelf, including Hitler's Charisma, Evolving Ourselves, Naked Economics, and Unbroken.
I just finished Coraline. I was afraid to read it, because I'm a baby with scary stuff. And I was scarred by the snippets of the movie I saw. But the book was surprisingly good, albeit a bit disturbing. Great moral.
The Lone Musketeer