books to read: june

DSC_0049School’s out, and now I have time to do things! This month, I want to read:

  • Blog Inc. by Joy Cho
  • The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
  • Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull
  • The Self-made Billionaire Effect by John Sviokla + Mitch Cohen
  • Thinker Toys (2nd edition) by Michael Michalko

See a theme going on?

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read in April.

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In an effort to read more this year, I read two books this past month:

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

It’s a autobiography/humor/memoir kind of thing. It was good, and funny at times. I really liked the first part about looking back on her childhood. It’s probably because I’m in that age right now that I relate so much to it. From the butter croissants from Costco to diminishing group of friends. I totally got her. The chapters after that were less and less relatable for me as she moved to New York and wrote a play. By the end the funny bits (like her random selfies) were a little boring.

and Paper Towns by John Green

Love love love this book. It made me happy that the night out with Margo took up almost half of the book. And the ideas/themes/discoveries of life Green includes were very… real. They struck a cord with me. The string, the grass, the cracks in our watertight vessel. And after searching high and low for this girl, she *spoiler* didn’t want to be found. Q learned so much on this adventure, and I’m glad he didn’t get his “prize”. He kept returning to that mall though, and it became almost repetitive. But that was when things began to happen. I can’t wait for the movie.

Tell me in the comments what books you read or what you thought of these! (Happy Wednesday)

five books to read.

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This summer, I’d love to get back to reading. I have the help of the local library and these fantastic titles to get me there.

Bark by Lorrie More

These eight masterly stories reveal Lorrie Moore at her most mature and in a perfect configuration of craft, mind, and bewitched spirit, as she explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom.

Cambridge by Susan Kaysen

London, Florence, Athens: Susanna, the precocious narrator of Cambridge, would rather be home than in any of these places. Uprooted from the streets around Harvard Square, she feels lost and excluded in all the locations to which her father’s career takes the family. She comes home with relief—but soon enough wonders if outsiderness may be her permanent condition.

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

In the wake of a wildly disastrous affair with her married archaeology professor, Willie Upton arrives on the doorstep of her ancestral home in storybook Templeton, New York, looking to hide in the one place to which she swore she’d never come back. As soon as she arrives, though, a prehistoric monster surfaces in Lake Glimmerglass, changing the very fabric of the town. What’s more, Willie’s hippie-turned-born-again-Baptist mother, Vi, tells her a secret she’s been hiding for nearly thirty years: that Willie’s father wasn’t the random man from a free-love commune that Vi had led her to imagine, but someone else entirely. Someone from this very town. As Willie puts her archaeological skills to work digging for the truth about her lineage, she discovers that the secrets of her family run deep when past and present blur, dark mysteries come to light, and the shocking truth about more than one monster is revealed.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.
Tiny Beautiful Things brings the best of Dear Sugar in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond.  Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

Moby Dick by  Herman Melville

The work is an epic sea-story of Captain Ahab’s voyage in pursuit of Moby Dick, a great white whale.  Ishmael then narrates the voyage of the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ahab has one purpose: revenge on Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab’s ship and severed his leg at the knee. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and the process of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God.

 

What books are you planning on reading this summer? Let me know in the comments!

All descriptions of the above books come from Amazon.com and can be bought there too.

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20140409-174231.jpgGuess what guys. I read. Yes, I actually read books, not just blogs.  🙂 I’ve seen so many book hauls on YouTube, all from bookstores, and I thought I would do my own. The thing is, I go to the library. I don’t get why people don’t to the library more, I mean it’s free and you get endless books. And they have some great books from well, the olden days haha. Here are the books that I got (for three weeks haha):

Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro

Ten short stories that are… kinda depressing. They are deep and written incredibly well (I’ve read one story so far). This is the summary on the inside cover: “In the first story a young wife and mother, suffering from the unbearable pain of losing her three children, gains solace from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other tales uncover the “deep-holes” in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and, in the long title story, the yearnings of a nineteenth-century female mathematician.”

The Banyan Tree by Christopher Nolan

Written by a boy whose mute and paralyzed, this story is so inspirational and has such great imagery in just the first few chapters. here’s the summary: “Full of humour and unexpected imagery, this story follows Minnie O’Brien’s progress, as a young bride sipping her first and only glass of port wine in Dublin – ‘the city of just about right’ – and as a widowed mother discovering that the husband she loved had secrets he kept even from her.” (btw I just realized how much I sound like the summary- it honestly has fab imagery!)

An Object of Beauty by (the) Steve Martin

Art. New York. Writing. Climbing the ladder. YES. I was sold. Summary: “Full of humour and unexpected imagery, this story follows Minnie O’Brien’s progress, as a young bride sipping her first and only glass of port wine in Dublin – ‘the city of just about right’ – and as a widowed mother discovering that the husband she loved had secrets he kept even from her.”

The Flame Alphabet

Reading the summary reminds me of Divergent, possibly because it;s another dystopian novel but also probably because I imagined everything being dark as I read the cover like when I read Divergent (being underground, I pictured it to be pretty dark). see for yourself: “A terrible epidemic has struck the country and the sound of children’s speech has become lethal. Radio transmissions from strange sources indicate that people are going into hiding. All Sam and Claire need to do is look around the neighborhood: In the park, parents wither beneath the powerful screams of their children. At night, suburban side streets become routes of shameful escape for fathers trying to get outside the radius of affliction. With Claire nearing collapse, it seems their only means of survival is to flee from their daughter, Esther, who laughs at her parents’ sickness, unaware that in just a few years she, too, will be susceptible to the language toxicity. But Sam and Claire find it isn’t so easy to leave the daughter they still love, even as they waste away from her malevolent speech. On the eve of their departure, Claire mysteriously disappears, and Sam, determined to find a cure for this new toxic language, presses on alone into a world beyond recognition. The Flame Alphabet invites the question: What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love? ”

 

And there you go. I’ll be off reading in a corner now.