Check out what’s been getting me through the winter months. Just a few little blurbs about the books (fiction and nonfiction pieces) that haven’t been collecting dust on my shelf. I recommend most, if not all of these books. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
Skios by Michael Frayn
– A super funny read. I’ve had to put the book down a couple of times from laughing so hard. It’s a good summer vacation read – definitely recommend reading when it’s sunny (and/or 70 degrees).
The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway
– The sad truth is that this was assigned for my Hemingway class, but I never got around to finishing it. Critics call it an unfinished work since it was published posthumously, but, so far, it’s holding together pretty well.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
– A classic that I haven’t read yet. Still chugging through the first few chapters. I’ve always found Verne’s fiction to be escapist – a real delight. Maybe that’s just typical of early sci-fi writing.
The Best American Travel Writing (2000) – Various Authors, Editor: Bill Bryson
– This series of essays is the book I’ve cracked into the most. Lots (and lots) of good stuff in here. I particularly like the articles: “Spies in the House of Faith” by Isabel Hilton, “Boat Camp” by William Booth, and “The Toughest Trucker in the World” by Tom Clynes.
A Hologram For the King by Dave Eggers
– About halfway through this masterclass piece of fiction. Eggers’ style is, for the lack of a better term, one of a kind. Chapters go by fast (if you’re into that sort of thing), and the subject matter is rarely dry (although it takes place in Saudi Arabia). I highly recommend this read.
So Close To Heaven by Barbara Crossette
– Crossette’s account of the Himalayan Buddhist communities is informative as it is impressive. Although I’m afraid that my reading of it now might seem a little outdated (it was published almost 20 years ago), it’s still eye opening to the late 20th-century western treatment of these mountain Buddhist kingdoms.
Climbing the Fish’s Tail by Wilfrid Noyce
– Definitely the most interesting and rare book I’ve read / own. This is the only account of a mountaineering expedition to Machapuchare, a sacred, unclimbed mountain in the Annapurna range of Nepal. Lots of first hand accounts – a vignette of climbing in mid-20th century mountaineering days.