Sunday, February 10, 2013

Books Read: January

As you probably know I'm a big reader.  I make time for it every day and don't feel quite right if I'm not reading.  It's funny when I run into people in my neighborhood who assume I'm studying, ie. why else would I read?   I read for entertainment, curiostiy, and self-improvement.  Hardly ever because it's assigned (that was a problem in college).  I didn't get through as much as I usually do in the month of January, but here's what I did read:

Enchiridion, Epictetus:
The classic of Stoic philosophy.  Reminds me why I got into philosophy in college.  Practical, short, and useful.  I can't believe I hadn't read it before. Badly in need of a better translation. 

The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood:
Continuing the trans-apocalyptic Oryx and Crake story.   A little more of a survivalist fantasy story than the previous novel.  Cool to think about, but it's doubtful that preppers will really be all that prepared for it.  Also an interesting meditation on the uses of religion and tradition in the continuation and transfer of knowledge. 

Return of the Crimson Guard, Ian C. Esslemont:
A continuation of my current favorite fantasy series (Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson and Ian Esslemont.  These books are a real contrast to the typical Tolkien influenced fantasy lit.  They remind me a bit of Frank Herbert's writing in that they require close reading and a tolerance of incomplete explanation. 

Edit: I forgot one.
Thrive, Dan Buettner:
A follow on to Blue Zones about the happiest places in the world.  The upshot?  Work less, try new things, have friends. Inspired me to take a week off and go to the BWCA later this month. 


Mark S said...

He Matt, I see that Dan Buettner is signed up for Trans Iowa. 325 miles of gravel must be a Blue Zone.

Matt Maxwell said...

It looks like he gave it a shot two years ago too. I'll have to read his other books so I can pester him with questions through the night.