Reading list

New Year, new page – my reading list. A friend has a similar page on his blog and I liked the idea.

Wastelands II: More Stories of the Apocalypse: One of the last physical books I bought before my Kindle days was the first Wastelands short stories book. In this second book, the editor acknowledges it was a challenge to make it as good as the first. I read it anyway. Light reading, but there were some gems. I have always loved dystopia and how dire situations affect humanity. Some authors in this collection approached storytelling in non-traditional ways – and I also love to see variations of the short story formula. All in all, it was an okay read. I have two stories left. I think I’ll move to a heavier Daphne du Maurier collection next, which has been on my list for quite some time.

Lift Like a Girl: This book is by Nia Shanks, a strength trainer who has battled an eating disorder. I found her on Instagram and I liked some of her exercise videos. While I cannot relate to her eating disorder, I have battled other addictions so I stuck through the first half of the book even though much of it bored me. I did enjoy the workout advice later in the book, and likely will return to some of her approach when I restart my fitness training. (We’ve been traveling a lot since mid-December, and I haven’t worked out since I left a wonderful gym back in Mazatlan, Mexico.) I bought this book on sale for $.99 on Amazon. Personally, I would not pay more than that.

The Refugees: A short story collection by an author I’ve never read before – Viet Thanh Nguyen. I dug it. Stories of trials and victories told through Vietnamese immigrant voices, and I related on a human level. Theses stories made me feel something. This was a recommendation from my library based on my past check-outs.

Men Without Women: I like to get a man’s take now and then on love and lust and life. Only one of these short stories haunted me. Another story dragged on – I just couldn’t get into it. Overall, I enjoyed my first read of Haruki Murakami and I would give this author another try in the future. This was on my library’s reading list for me based on other selections I’ve read in the past.

Secret London – an Unusual Guide: This was on the shelf at our Airbnb rental in London. When I get back to London one day, there were places in this book I want to go see when I have more time – especially the London Library and the Greenwhich Observatory, which both are among the more mainstream options outlined in this odd guide.

*As an early retirement budget traveler (who travels light), I download free ebooks from the library. My preferred platform is Kindle, but I’ve been known to read through iBooks on my phone, or a .pdf on my laptop when necessary.