I started the year with two out of three nonfiction books and still am reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. As a result, I’m not feeling the fiction, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since I’m trying to reinvigorate my reading with nonfiction.
I let one fiction go that was on hold at the Free Library of Philadelphia, then checked out one other and returned. I also put another on hold, only to get it, then promptly return it. The two latter ones were a part of a crime fiction series and the first a science fiction, a genre I used to enjoy as a teenager, but can’t seem to get back into in recent years for some reason.
Five of the seven on my Goodreads to read list are nonfiction, and only two of the six on hold at FLP are nonfiction. However, the one nonfiction is on both lists, making an even split between fiction and nonfiction. To maintain the balance, I think for now, I am going to read nonfiction exclusively on Sundays, continuing with Alexander Hamilton first until I finish it. Then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, two days that I go to work in the afternoon, I primarily will read fiction.
So what are the books?
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
- The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
- Citizen by Claudia Rankine
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
- The Burning Gates by Parker Bilal
- Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
- Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
- Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
I already own Burning Gates and Girl Waits with Gun. I am considering purchasing Citizen because of the genre and format. Ready Player One is the lone audiobook of the bunch; The Three-Body Problem, the lone science fiction. Nine of the 12 are the direct results of recommendations of bloggers, including but not limited to Andi, Kerry, Shannon, Jennifer, Michelle, Bob, Christine, and Candace (aka Beth). Many of the books were on multiple best of lists from last year. Thank you, one and all.
- On my dad: Getting better day by day since the surgery last month. Each time I talk to him, he sounds better than the previous time.
- On updates: I will be using the all the books, all the life feature sporadically, but especially at the end of the month. The #reinvigorate2016 I will update once a week, most likely Wednesdays.
- Super Bowl: Skipping the umpteen hours of pre-game activities to participate in The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: 2016 Edition, but then my wife and I are going to a neighbors’ Super Bowl shindig (won’t say party because it just will be the four of us, another husband and wife there) since they got a new 55-inch TV and I, for one, can’t pass up super high-definition TV (4K) Super Bowl commercials AND a football game in super high-def too. My wife could pass on both, but we figure it still will be good to be neighborly and also because the neighbor’s wife’s birthday is tomorrow. As is becoming my motto for this year, “It’s all good.”
So whatchya up to today? Super Bowl festivities? Reading? Both? Reading anything good lately?