Thirty eight books down through nine months of the year. Marching toward fifty.
Reading in the third quarter:
- The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
- In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
- The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
- Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work by Sarah Kessler
- Alpha and Omega (A Novel) by Harry Turtledove
- Ha’penny (A Novel) by Jo Walton
- American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
- Brief History of the Amazons Women Warriors in Myth & History by Lyn Webster Wilde
- Gene Mapper [A Novel] by Taiyo Fujii
- Americana: Dispatches from the New Frontier by Hampton Sides
- Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addictions by Judith Grisel
- The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World’s Most Expensive Fungus by Ryan Jacobs
- The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
- The Wall [A Novel] by John Lanchester
- State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future by Manuel Pastor
That’s all folks. I completed my goal of twenty five books. In hindsight, this seems like a “gimme” goal and, maybe, I should have aimed for something a little more aspirational. It does seem that merely giving myself an arbitrary goal led to more reading.
The best aspect of this, in my opinion, is that all of these books were borrowed from my local public libraries. Yes, I said “libraries.” I am one of those weird people who has a library card for three different library networks in the area—Cedar Rapids Metro Library Network, Iowa City Library, and the University of Iowa Library.
Note: The links to buy the books from Powell’s yield me no benefit. I would encourage you to find these books at your local library, but if you must buy a book do not buy it from Amazon.