Now that it's summer and I'm not in school I've been reading a lot more. Mostly, I suddenly had the desire to re-read all of Tamora Pierce's books, as well as the books she has published since I stopped reading her work. I don't care if they're meant for teenagers; I started reading them a lot younger than that so I can read them as an adult too! Granted, each takes only a couple of hours maybe to read, but it's comforting to read a well-loved book, age appropriate or not.
I'm also plowing through my over-burdened shelf of books I have started reading and never finished. My goal for the end of the summer (ie before I move and don't have my beautiful beautiful books at arms reach whenever I want to read them) is to read/finishing reading or re-reading at least eight of the following books:
-Liar's Poker (Michael Lewis)
-To Hellholes and Back (Chuck Thompson)
-Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies (June Casagrande)
-The Stuff of Thought (Steven Pinker)
-The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan)
-A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Jaed Coffin)
-Soccernomics (Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski) (OK this one doesn't count I'm only a chapter away from finishing)
-The Ascent of Money (Niall Ferguson)
-Perfect Figures (Bunny Crumpacker)
-Honeymoon with my Brother (Franz Wisner)
-The Second World (Parag Khana)
-What the Dog Saw (Malcolm Gladwell)
-The Language Instinct (Steven Pinker)
-Burmese Lessons (Karen Connelly)
-Spoken Here (Mark Abley)
-The Cloudspotter's Guide (Gavin Pretor-Pinney)
-The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
-A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Jules Verne)
-Korea (Simon Winchester)
I think I will finish the first three for sure, and do my best for the rest.
I also recently finished a very interesting book, "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis (the author of Liar's Poker). It tells the story of what happened in the US leading up to the financial meltdown. It's an absolutely fascinating read, and you don't need to have a background in Wall Street or finance at all. It's so absurd how things happened, and I felt while reading it that if I didn't know very well what the ending was it would read like a fictional story too strange to ever actually happen. How is it that the people selling these financial instruments didn't know how they worked? Because they and almost no one else could tell how they worked or trace what the actual underlying physical assets associated with any individual security were, no one knew the real risk. Not even the institutions that were creating them, because they kept them on their books. This is a fascinating read, even if there is the cloud of what you know is coming hanging over the tale as you wait for the other shoe to drop. Everyone should read this book! There is so much in it that is interesting, and a lot of facts and trivia that will come in handy.