This has been a year filled with much more reading than normal. I finally took the annual Goodreads challenge to read 52 books somewhat seriously. I'm at 44 books right now. Only eight to go and I have some shorties in the queue that should help.
Some recent highlights are:
- The Ask by Sam Lipsyte had a style of writing I don't encounter much. The story itself was fine, but the writing itself was hilarious. I need to find more books like this. Quick chapters I can read during my lunch break that make me literally laugh out loud.
- Adventures in Opting Out by Cait Flanders aligned somewhat with where I found myself when entering my career change close to two years ago. I knew the usual corporate path wasn't for me. I took an adventure to find something new. Unlike Cait, some parts of the traditional path still appealed to me (wife, kids, house, etc.), but the book was still instructive. I recommend it to others realizing we've been sold a bag of lemons growing up and now we need a lemonade recipe.
- Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas is another genre I didn't really know existed before this year. Thanks to the Fantastic Strangeling's Book Club, I'm now a fan. It's just the right mix of the surreal and believable to keep me engaged and caring about the outcome.
Hopefully this becomes a recurring theme around here--both the fact that I'm reading more and that I'm writing a little about it.