Summer Reading

For the past few weeks, I’ve really enjoyed having the time to read for fun. When I was in school, it was rare for me to have time to read a non-required book in my spare time; there really is a limit to how much reading is possible in one day. Since graduation I’ve already finished two books, a bunch of magazines, and innumerable articles on the web.

Annie gave me three books as a graduation present. I started with Sideways by Rex Pickett because it seemed like an easy read; it was. However, it contained smart prose, great character development, and many fun facts about wine. I borrowed Night by Elie Wiesel from my brother and read it in a few hours; I’m sure it was much more shocking when it came out, but it’s powerful and upsetting nonetheless.

At the moment, I’m working my way through Essays by George Orwell, a massive 1,400 page collection of 200 or so non-fiction essays he wrote during his life. It sounds like homework, but Orwell’s one of my favorite authors and his writing style is superb. Each article is polished to a shine that slides the reader through each sentence. I still haven’t touched The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck—it’s the third book from Annie—and I have a few other books I’ve bought on sale over the past year or two that I didn’t have time to read. I’m really enjoying reading on my own time: it’s fun.

I’ve posted a list of books I’m reading or have read recently in the sidebar. It’ll help you kids keep up with me. You can see a full list of books I’m interested in reading by viewing the books on my Amazon Wishlist.