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(s) I’m reading when I have the chance.

I’ve heard only wonderful things about this book- and while I’m not one to watch movies unless there is no book for them- I’m certainly excited to pick Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation and kick off my journey into the Southern Reach Trilogy. According to Wikipedia Steven King called the series “Creepy and fascinating”, while Annihilation won the Nebula and Shirley Jackson awards for best novel. I can’t wait to dive in!

While the movie was endlessly fascinating I’ve wanted to read the book ever since I found out that there was one. As a relatively new Neil Gaiman fan I find his writing refreshing, especially when his characters are children. This man knows human life, or at least how to feel like a child again. Coraline is adorable, terrifying, and plain wonderful.

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

I’m still on that Steven Pinker binge, now about a third of the way through the Blank Slate, in which Pinker discusses to what extent our lives are determined at or before birth through our genetic and other biological influences.

I can see a general style appearing in his writing that mirrors the Better Angels of our Nature and Enlightenment Now. In all three Pinker takes something we generally just assume and either elaborates on it to such a degree or completely reverts it such that we see it in a completely new light. I highly recommend his work to anyone in and out of the field of Psychology.

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.

Have a book you think I should read? LET ME KNOW!!!

Keep reading, my friends!

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2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading Today

  1. I read “Annihilation” over the winter and really enjoyed it, then passed it on to Ann. She ended up reading the entire trilogy.

    “Beloved” is still one of my favorites – Toni Morrison is amazing.

    “The Poisonwood Bible” – This is the book that got me back into reading nonfiction.

    “King Leopold’s Ghost” is also an extraordinary, nonfiction book about colonialism (and totally horrifying but a must read – went to a lecture of the guy who wrote it and was blown away – incredible writer. He also wrote “To End All Wars” which is also great).

    Read ” A World Without Cats” a week or two ago on a whim (translated, Japanese) and found it pretty humorous – an interesting thought experiment.

    1. I am definitely loving Annihilation so far.

      Will have to add Beloved, Poisonwood Bible, King Liopold’s Ghost, and a World Without Cats to my reading list! Thank you for all the suggestions Aunt Marci!

      Books about Colonialism are almost always worth reading, there’s so much there to talk about, both the good and unfortunately the bad.

      I’ll have to get A World Without Cats from Kinokuniya! Sounds fun.

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