So I’m trying to read one book per week, to help bring down my reading stack and claim back some of the space in my room. This is what I’ve finished so far this year, I’ll try to update the ol’ blog here with the other books I read this year. Since I have a bunch of comic books to read as well, I’ll include those too as I finish them.
The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin…overall a decent read, but it’s a bit dated now I think. It was written in the early 70’s and there’s a lot of wordy descriptive stuff to wade through, which was hard for me to absorb. I think I was trying to read it just to get through it, and considering it’s supposed to be a fantasy epic in the classic sense, it doesn’t really strike me in the same way I remember The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings hitting me the first time I read those books.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris…this one was really funny and quite good. Each chapter varies in length and is a balance of funny observation and deep thought. A great bathroom reader, or for the bus or similar short trips, although it’s very easy to read for longer reading stints.
James Allen on F1 – 2009: A Revolutionary Year by James Allen…Selected blog posts from last year’s Formula 1 racing season from the former ITV race commentator, this is pretty good if you want extra insight into what happened race-by-race. It’s more a season review and an inside look at some of the political wranglings than a technical rundown, so if you’re thinking about getting this make sure you know what you’re in for. The blog posts are in chronological order of course, with each chapter being one month, and each post takes just a couple of minutes to read, so it can be a quick read if you want something ‘light’ to read.