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!
Here you will find whatever novel I’m reading when I have the chance.
I have long been a Terry Pratchett fan- and last year I decided to read the entire Discworld series. As an effort to get Moose to read more, I have opted to read this book out loud in bed. It’s an interesting experience, and I feel much as couples must have felt a hundred or more years ago when reading to each other was a normal way to digest novels. I have to say, Pratchett’s writing is hilarious as always and has a style I would like to emulate. This so for however is not my favorite work. It is the story of a prince who goes off to assassin school- but the writing style Pratchett was experimenting with at the time is hand-holdy. Give it a look though, the books are all pretty damn goofy good.
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).
Here’s an interesting thought, our world- you know the one where a murder, rape, and threat of war is an everpresent thought- is actually not as violent as it used to be. In fact it is hardly violent at all. While it may seem like wishful thinking-that is the main thesis behind Steven Pinker’s the Better Angels of our Nature.
This idea blows my mind the more I think about it. Those of you who know me personally, know that I am not be a violent person, but I have lived in violent regions of my country- and even go so far as to think that being armed is a perfectly normal in public. I agree that being prepared is essential in some of the regions of our world- why I regularly sit around people who openly carry knives and concealed firearms. Surely I think I don’t live in a safe environment. Yet I live in a relatively peaceful environment.
The truth is, I have never personally needed to carry a weapon, or even lock my front door. People don’t openly invade each other’s homes to steal and rape and murder- it is as uncommon as it is revolting to us in our modern society. It’s like the airplane crash effect, we fear one of the safest methods of travel because it makes headline news, while every one of us openly risks our lives in glass covered metal boxes traveling at speeds that will cause gruesome death at impact. But the greatest thing I’ve heard so far from Pinker’s argument: Reading and television (i.e. storytelling media) are partially to blame for our decrease in violent behavior as a species. Check out the book to see why, and maybe gain a positive outlook on humanity.
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.
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.
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!