What I’ve Been Reading

In the past few years, I’ve been making an effort to read more. I started by reading non-fiction, and though that was nice (and educational), I wanted to expand my horizons by reading more fiction. Here’s what I’ve been reading recently (and some of the best from the last few years):

  • The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander: I’ve only read the first two books so far (just started the third), but they are easy reads about being a hero and overcoming pride, set within a mythological world that is similar to Wales. Great books that are wonderful for any age.
  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson: I read this a couple years ago, but it’s stuck with me. Set amidst a combination of the Arab Spring and an underworld of ancient magic, it is a story about a man doing what is right and protecting those he loves.
  • Americanah by Chimamada Ngozi Adichie: Her writing is the most beautiful writing I’ve encountered in a long time. It’s fluid and descriptive and poetic and just beautiful. The story is a compelling one about race and humanity and love, but it was the writing that drew me in.
  • La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith: A sweet story about love and loss and suspicion and hope in World War II, the orchestra the main character starts doesn’t actually play a big role in the story. This is not a difficult read, and it’s not “great” literature, but it was enjoyable.
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer: A thriller set in the not-so-distant future, it sets up a world that is exhilarating and terrifying. It is about the data that controls us, and it had me questioning a lot of motives of businesses. I couldn’t put this book down.
  • Supergirls by Mike Madrid: A rare nonfiction book among this set, this explores the identities and tropes of women superheroes in comic books from their dawn to the present. I haven’t ever really read a comic book, just the occasional graphic novel, so this was informative and interesting.
  • Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? by Roz Chast: Speaking of graphic novels, this is one that I thoroughly enjoyed, though it had no superheroes. A woman struggles to care for her aging parents as they go through dementia and the trappings that come with old age. It was poignant and made me think long and hard about what I want the end game to be like.

I’ll write another post with more books I’ve been reading. These are just the first ones that came to mind.

no more class until August!

I’m about to collapse into bed. I was up until 4am working on a paper. It was fairly miserable. And then I woke up at 7am so that I could be first in line for Chief Justice Roberts’ Q&A with law students. That’s right, I’m a nerd. If you want to read about CJ Roberts’ visit, check out my legal blog.

I’m relieved that classes are over, but I’m not at all excited that finals are coming. That will be the most miserable part.

On a brighter note, I have a place to stay in DC now. And things will come together in general, it seems. I can sometimes be a little doubtful or pessimistic, but I’ve become a lot better about stopping that when I recognize it.

Ooh, and Mark Schweizer writes “liturgical mysteries,” which are absolutely hilarious. The best place to buy them is from the publisher. I bought the box set and had them all signed. And now I’m reading the third book – The Tenor Wore Tapshoes. I’ve read the first, second, and sixth already, though spread out over the last couple months, of course.

I think I’m going to crawl into bed, open up my window now that it’s getting a little cooler and the tornado warning has become a tornado watch, and read for a little bit. Then I’ll sleep and sleep and sleep and it will be so very blissful.

I am also reading the Decameron, which is quite fascinating (and sometimes quite gross, explicit, or awkward). I think I’ll need to read Arabian Nights as well, just to round out my old-stories-that-have-spawned-centuries-of-elaboration education. And Chronicles of Narnia, though it doesn’t fit into the same category. I should make a book list.