12.15.2012

Reading life review

Number of books since last review: 5
Number of books read in 2012: 133 *
Complete list here.

Counterfeit Kids: Why They Can't Think and How to Save Them (Ron Baird) Non-fiction. After reading Joanne Jacobs' entry on Baird -- "Helicopter-ed kids in the classroom" -- I downloaded Counterfeit Kids to the Kindle. Throughout, I nodded and even periodically spluttered, "Amen! Sing it, brother!" You can check out the preface and a sample chapter here. Recommended.

The Misanthrope (Molière) Play. Read with the Misses in anticipation of The School for Lies at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) Fiction. A re-read for both me and Mr. M-mv, this time with the Misses in anticipation of the movie.

The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller) Fiction. This book, a re-imagining of the Achilles narrative as a love story, will not appeal to everyone, but I though it was both moving and compelling. Reviews (mixed) here, here, here, and here.

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl (Stacey O'Brien) Non-fiction. The Misses and I were working on this book more than two years ago but ended up setting it aside, apparently. A recent discussion about wildlife rehabilitation led us to remember O'Brien's memoir, and then we wondered, "Hey! How did that end?" We simply restarted, which is just as well since the first two-thirds of the book are better than the last third. By the time she began struggling with her own crippling health issues and Wesley's advanced age and inevitable death, she was -- as expected -- not the same person she was at the beginning of the narrative, but her story ceases to be as engaging -- or perhaps, more fairly, as easy to relate to -- at the conclusion as it was at the outset.

In progress:

With the exception of Moby-Dick, the following books may be completed by the end of the year.

The End of Your Life Book Club (Will Schwalbe) Non-fiction.  This will likely be the next book completed.

 ■ The Uncoupling (Meg Wolitzer) Fiction.  I admired her The Ten-Year Nap (related entry here), but this is a bit of a slog. We'll see.

Here Comes Trouble (Michael Moore) Memoir. (Still) listening to this compelling, author-narrated memoir when I ride my bike, which is mounted on a trainer in the garage for the winter.

Physics for Future Presidents (Richard A. Muller) Non-fiction. With Miss M-mv(ii).

Shine (Lauren Myracle) YA fiction.

Quiet (Susan Cain) Non-fiction. 

Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 2 (Conor McCreery) Graphic fiction.  

Moby-Dick (Herman Melville) Fiction. Completed Chapter 17 of 135. As I've mentioned, the Misses and I are doing the Moby-Dick Big Read

* The revised (effective December 13) total to date reflects that fact that the five volumes of Hugh Howey's Wool saga are more appropriately considered a single work.

2 comments:

Girl Detective said...

A virtual holiday present for you and the misses: http://www.amazon.com/Cozy-Classics-Moby-Holman-Wang/dp/1927018110/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355605596&sr=8-1&keywords=cozy+classics+Moby+Dick

Somehow, I have wound up reading Bleak House, Les Mis, and another big GN all at once. Silly reader.

Mental multivitamin said...

That book is absolutely adorable.