I know you’re surprised to hear this, but I read some more books.
by David Wong
This book is wacky, funny, and rather adorable. I recommend it as I laughed out loud several times. I’m not going to give away the plot, because I didn’t really understand the plot, but I’m still going to recommend it.
I imagine if you had aphantasia and couldn’t paint a picture in your mind, this would be a tough book. There’s a lot to picture.
It’s long, but it’s an easy and breezy read. There are two more books set in this same world that I plan to read.
by Sabaa Tahir
This book is a fantasy novel that kind of reminds me of the Hunger Games if it was also told from the point of view of somebody from the Capital who also wanted to take down the evil empire. It’s a long book, but fun to read. I’d recommend. The world building is done pretty well.
Of course there are more books in the series and I’ve already ordered the second book from the library.
by Adam Shepard
The author graduates college and then embarks on an experiment for a year. If he’s dropped in a random city with only the clothes on his back and $25 to his name, can he claw his way out of homelessness within a year?
He lives in a shelter and job hunts and takes advantage of the resources available to homeless people.
A shelter mate of his points out:
“We all have the same freedoms, true, but those of us born into poverty don’t necessarily have the guidance.”
Nevertheless, the author manages to have, by the end of the year, an apartment, a job, a car, and $5,000 to his name. He’s not living paycheck to paycheck, thanks to thrift and hard work and luck and staying away from drugs and not having children.
It’s an interesting read.
by Heather B. Armstrong
Woman with depression writes about getting anesthesia therapy, a type of ECT. It’s funny and she gives great insight into what it means to live with depression.
We have lost all interest in doing anything, especially anything that once brought us joy–because that thing will not bring us joy, and we can’t bear the meaning of that.
I could not take it anymore–“it” being breathing air and performing any task that ensured my survival.
I’m not sure I’d recommend it, though. Depression is a bummer. Who wants to be bummed out? Also, she uses the same jokes too much. In my opinion.
But she does get better at the end, which is a nice thing to read.
by Daniel Quinn
Ishmael is a gorilla who can communicate through thinking. He is seeking a student and our narrator is seeking a teacher.
In fact, of course, there is no secret knowledge; no one knows anything that can’t be found on a shelf in the public library.
Ishmael teaches us the state of the environment and Mother Culture’s lies.
It’s hard to imagine how the world could survive another century of this abuse, but nobody’s really doing anything about it. It’s a problem our children will have to solve, or their children.
Mother Culture says the world is ours for the taking and ours to conquer. We’re killing diversity and ourselves in the process.
It’s a harsh reality that humanity is going to face a reckoning sooner than anticipated. It’s never really anticipated, is it?
I don’t think I would recommend this book though as it was a slog to read and there was a bunch of stuff related to Christianity that I didn’t understand.
by Sabaa Tahir
This is the second book in the series I mentioned earlier (An Ember in the Ashes). It’s really good so far, but there are at least two more books, one of which hasn’t been written yet. I need to stop reading book series that aren’t finished.