May 31, 2017

Books Read: May 2017

May was a little bit of a light month of reading for me. I found myself quite distracted all month and, as a result, only finished six books. Here’s what I read this past month.

Empire State

by Jason Shiga - Grab a copy

A really solid graphic novel, this one looking at young love, misread intentions, and a journey across the country only to find disappointment. At times both funny and sad, and definitely worth the read.

Micrographica

by Renee French - Grab a copy

What the fuck did I just read?

The Little Book of Hygge

by Meik Wiking - Grab a copy

A quick read on the Danish phenomenon that appears to be sweeping the world. Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) is essentially coziness. It’s an entire method of living that promotes feeling at home, being cozy and happy. I’d categorize it right up there with Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, except far less practical. Turns out my wife and I lead a fairly hygge existence already.

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood - Grab a copy

I’m torn on this classic from Margaret Atwood. The world and ideas behind the book are fascinating, but I found Offred’s tale hard to get through. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style and didn’t feel a real connection with Offred (or any of the other characters in the book). Still, it was a wonderfully original idea and one that is quite frightening to think about given the current political climate. By far the best part, in my opinion, was the end analysis provided by Professor Piexoto.

Success Through Stillness

by Russell Simmons - Grab a copy

One of the worst reads I’ve fought through in recent memory, which is surprising since I read it based on a recommendation from Serena Williams. Russell Simmons is, to put it frankly, not a good writer—and his co-author didn’t seem to help much either. There are far better introductions to meditation out there than this.

Yawn: Adventures in Boredom

by Mary Mann - Grab a copy

My favorite book of the month. Mary Mann does a great job digging into the sources and symptoms of boredom. Her humor and vulnerability shine throughout the book and she makes an inherently boring topic extremely interesting. An easy recommendation for anyone.


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