What I’m Reading Today

Here you’ll find a list of the books I am currently reading. As you can see I read a large selection of books at the same time, and so some books that should take half a day take a month, while others that normally take a month to read end up gobbled up in a week. Check frequently as I’ll be updating this as soon as I grab a new book. Each image and book title is a link for your convenience, but you can usually find all of these books at your local bookstore!

 

Fiction

Here you will find whatever novel I’m reading when I have the chance.

 

You may be looking at the screen and thinking, “hey Alexander- you’re pretty late on this bandwagon, don’t you think?” Yes. That said this book is amazing, even if oversold as “the adult’s Harry Potter”. I plowed through the first half and then got caught up in school applications. The main character is just like every kid I have ever met who spends far too much time playing games online. Oddly enough I like that, and the heavy 80’s references are great.

That said, I can see where a movie may have gone absolutely wrong with this, and considering how the trailer looks I do not recommend it. Ready Player One is a great read, and the movie may be a good watch- but I very highly doubt that it’s more than just good.

Audio Books

Here you will find the book I am reading while doing the dishes, travelling, or even exercising. I try to pick very long reads for audiobooks so that I can take a whole month to read them (a book priced at $14.95 is far better than the same one for $40.00).

The Stormlight Archive is my first introduction to Brandon Sanderson. I have to say I am impressed. He is one of those authors who tells his story by jumping back and forth through time- which can be confusing when listening on audible, but ultimately keeps the reader settled in much like Stephen King’s IT. While the story of Kaladin at first is eerily similar to that of Spartacus (YouTube), I find the characters charming, memorable, and ultimately believable. I tend to like books that give me a what the hell is going on feeling, and Sanderson has that down pat, with good deliverance. I do recommend you read these books, though I suggest you look for the printed versions, because the narrators on the Audible versions originally felt robotic to me. Now that I’ve made it to Oathbringer (I zipped through Edgedancer in one videogame-filled Sunday afternoon) I’ve found an absolute fondness for the series and the Author… and even the voice actors.

Let’s just leave it at the books are good and thought provoking. I admire Sanderson and would like to see more of his work.. Might even buy paperback copies of these books so I can look at them on the wall. I love seeing books on my shelves! Here’s the order of the books as I understand it: Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Edgedancer, Oathbringer. Each title is a link should you like to add them to your wish list, but you can find each of them at your local bookstore. Honestly I’m having trouble finding the time to read the other books on this list because I spend so much time listening to the Stormlight Archive Series.. So take that as a good sign.

Nonfiction

Here you will find the book I pick up before I enter my dreams. It’s not that I think these books are boring, just that I think learning just a bit more before bedtime is far better than staring at my phone till three in the morning.


I have a fondness for humanity. It’s not that we’re the best creatures (in fact we’re frequently pretty crappy), but more that we’re the only ones like us. Stephen Pinker has a mind that I was introduced to in 12016, during a class on Japanese linguistics. I was not a fan of him then, mostly because I didn’t pay attention to the gravity of his implications on linguistic thought.

Needless to say I have sincerely grown from those days. Stephen Pinker’s How the Mind Works is an entertaining read so far, and has broadened my interests into the human mind, something so far wholly unique in its ubiquitousness upon our globe. I highly recommend it to anyone who is feeling out of sorts about the human condition, to anyone worried that one day Artificial Intelligence will destroy the world, or to anyone interested in psychology.

Work

Writing requires study- you will never be a writer if you do not write, yes, but you’ll never be a good writer if you do not take the time to learn from others who write. In this section you’ll find either short story books or writing education books. No matter how good you think you are at writing, you will always have something to improve upon. Be humble, try new things.


Lately I’ve been tearing apart the stories in Gardner Dozois’s 2017 Year’s Best Science Fiction. I read about one story from here a week or so. They’re all page turners, and I can think of a couple that had me put the book down and stare at a wall for the rest of the day. This kind of reading is absolutely essential to writers of science fiction who want to learn what works in short stories and what doesn’t. If you write, I suggest you give this or books like it a good perusing every once in a while.

Library Loans

This section contains the books I grabbed off a library shelf, I am not one to get caught up in the fallacy that old knowledge is somehow too outdated to be useful- and so you’ll find plenty of these books are as old as the shelves from which they were plucked.

You may have guessed that I have interests in Psychology by this reading list or by my stories. You’d be very much correct. I am obsessed with what makes people tick- what do we use to communicate and how do we communicate? The Face, written in 1999 seems like an odd choice in this list, even out dated. However McNeill has written an engaging and important piece that leads into a deeper understanding of the tool we use the most to explore our world.

 

Keep reading, my friends!

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