Ladies and gents, if my performance appraisal at work were conducted on my book reading targets, I’d soon be winning all those “Employee of the Year” awards.
Because I’d had such a great year of reading in 2017, I had actually been apprehensive of setting a target for book numbers to be read this year. But turns out the first half of 2018 has been quite good for reading. So much so that I felt that the first six months of this year deserve their own book mosaic.
If I stopped reading now for the rest of the year, I would have still read a decent 36 books. I don’t expect to match this number in the second half of the year but I still hope to match last year’s target of 52. Here’s the book mosaic to feast your eyes and a one line blurb on some of the books and series.
In terms of authors, I read eight books by Brandon Sanderson- mainly books from his Mistborn series and his short story collection Arcanum Unbounded which I highly recommend.
Quite a few books on science as well. I found Carlo Rovelli’s “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” scintillating. Written for a layman who has no background in science, Rovelli manages to explain some of the most difficult concepts with beautiful clarity and style. At some points I could not figure out if Rovelli was a physicist posing as a poet or a poet posing as a physicist. Brilliant read!
If you haven’t already read Ed Yong’s ‘I contain multitudes’, you should.
Two books on walking in the UK- Simon Armitage’s humorous “Walking Home” about his journey on the Pennine way as a kind of modern troubadour- exchaning poetry readings for hospitality; and a more melancholic and bewildering account of a walk in Suffolk by W. G Sebald in his “Rings of Saturn” translated from German. I actually read the latter as part of an upcoming online book club discussion to be hosted by Robert Macfarlane who has to be one of my favourite writers.
Book crime of the year had to be my reading Anne Leckie’s third book in the series (Ancillary Mercy) as the second book. It was wasted on me. But Ancillary Justice still is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
Have you read any interesting books that you would like to recommend to me for the second half of 2018?