Thanks to LCDR_Fish, db, Lackadaisical, and Zwak for sharing their reading lists. If you would like to be included in June’s edition, please post in the forum thread or message me through the forum by June 18th.
Tulip: The Charlie Fox series by Zoe Sharp. This is series is similar to the Jack Reacher series, but with a British, female protagonist. Charlie Fox works as a bodyguard. It’s a fun series.
LCDR_Fish: Currently working through legacy Tom Clancy (easy to read at work) in published order. Read Hunt for Red October for the first time, just finished Patriot Games (first time?) and started The Cardinal of the Kremlin (definitely first time). Will be picking up some of the old ones on blu-ray too while I’m at it. Re-assessing now, the FedGov loving is a little more grating, but the technical stuff is good and the characters are pretty well developed.
db: Currently reading The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert. Just finished a re-read of The Dosadi Experiment, also by Herbert (I have a hardcover compilation of 4 or 5 of his novels in which both are enclosed).
I’m continuing to buy books that I’ll fail to read and will add to the TBR stack. I’m giving the side-eye to Dangerous Ideas by Eric Berkowitz, sitting on a shelf in my office, which I may crack open next.
Also, picked up a copy of The Daily Stoic and How to Be a Stoic but have only started reading the first one.
Lackadaisical: I just finished Frederick Douglass’s Autobiography (Narrative of the Life of FREDERICK DOUGLASS), someone here had recommended it. It was alright, gives you a bit of perspective on how slavery really (?) went down. In a lot of ways it was less harsh than I imagined and in others just as evil and dehumanizing as you would think. Some good quotes in there. I accessed it for free on Project Gutenberg ( https://www.gutenberg.org/files/23/23-h/23-h.htm). One of the surprising things was how slaves were free to roam about on their day off (Sunday) and that they had days off. They even had Christmas to new years off- Douglass claims this was to keep the slaves sedate, and I suppose I have no reason to doubt it.
I finished the first 3 books of the Gospel and still working on that, again reading on my phone (from: https://bible.usccb.org/bible) when I have downtime or I am waiting around. Certainly hurts the continuity, but I actually read, so that is a big plus- I just keep the webpages up on my phone and open them whenever I have time (e.g. waiting at the DMV). This has probably cut down on my Glibs time a lot but, no offense, may be somewhat more productive.
Also just finished 10 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson. It was good, but I’ve already imbibed a lot of the ideas through his other channels.
Also, also recently finished Gulag Archipelago– like Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass things are both worse and better than you would have imagined, though I would say this was more decidedly on the ‘worse’ side. It is really, really, long and could probably have used some serious editing, but the circumstances of the writing more than excuse it’s faults. I highly recommend this book.
Just started digging into two other books- Profit First By Michalowicz and The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, not much to add there yet.
This makes it seem like I read a lot, but I just happened to finish a lot of things this month. I am actually a very slow reader- and apparently like to start many books at the same time.
Zwak: As per usual, I have multiple books going at once.
Maigret and the Loner– Georges Simenon. Another in the French detective series, which, for the most part, are a pretty solid alternative to the Agatha Christies. Simenon wrote in roughly the same period as Christie, but gives a nice Gallic twist to the subject. Perfect for end-of-the-day winding down reading.
The Dain Curse– Dashiell Hammett. Good old American Hardboiled mystery. A young woman is convinced that the women of her family, of her last name, are all cursed. And it is up to the Continental Op to get to the bottom of the mystery, as there is insurance fraud afoot!
Stories of Three Decades– Thomas Mann. What can I say, simply beautiful in that old world, pre WWI and later interwar ear, level of pure craftsmanship. Tales of regret, comeuppance, love. Threw these stories you can watch the writer grow into one of the towering greats of the modern novel.
And on that note, I need to read more SF, and more non-fiction. I fear I am getting into a bit of a rut.