April 26, 2013

I haven’t written about books since last summer. This is partially because I went on a kick of reading really terrible chick lit romances and mystery crime thrillers. Let me just say – reading easy crime novels is a lot like watching Law and Order in book form. You already know how the book is going to go, there’s usually a pretty happy ending, and the plot moves really fast. But given that I read on my plane rides every week and almost every night and sometimes when I’m being lazy on the treadmill – I’ve been moving through books at a pretty good pace.

I read the entire series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel – which was essentially YA fantasy. It was quick but somewhat repetitive after 6 books. It was kinda like getting episode recaps constantly. I also read the entire Thursday Next series except the newest one that recently came out. This series was a lot better, but definitely lost steam by the sixth book too. Thursday is a pretty cool female heroine.

World War Z – This is my book of the year and the movie doesn’t look anything like it (disappointing). What I like about the book is it’s told documentary style. Little individual stories from around the world about how the zombie war started and progressed. It’s surprisingly less a book about zombies and much more about war and crisis and humans reactions to that. So good. I will recommend this book to everyone I know.

Ready Player One – I enjoyed this book a lot. It moved fast. It was kinda nerdy in the hipster nostalgic pop-culture way (not in the “I’m a real nerd” kind of way). But the storyline of people basically playing a real life game is pretty cool. And it reads really fast – I think I read it in two days.

Fast Food Nation – This book started out awesome discussing how fast food got it’s start. I felt like I was learning a lot about how fast took off, the people who started these restaurants that are now huge, and the curious bits about these chains (like franchising and crime and unions). Then it became pretty much what I expected. Deplorable meat industry, agriculture industry in general, obesity. I understand how the fast food industry helped all these along, but for half the book it felt a little preachy.

Foundation – How have I not read this before? No idea. But I definitely see why it’s one of THE science fiction books to read. It’s the kind of science fiction that really needs a suspension of disbelief (which I’m so good at) and it’s really an epic story. But it’s very unique. So if you already like science fiction and you haven’t read it, I’d recommend it.


One comment

  1. I LOVE World War Z. The movie has zero to do with it. What a bummer, but, then again, how do you turn an oral history into a movie?

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