What I’m Reading: A Little Bit of Everything…

It’s been an interesting week.  As I shared on my personal Instagram, it’s been a rough one, too.  What do I do when I’m having a bad week?  Read, obviously.

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been juggling a veritable carousel of books.  Here’s the rundown:

The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux – I fully expected to finish this one in time for next Monday’s podcast episode.  (It didn’t happen.)  Basically, this is a dark comedy about a prepper, Allie Fox, who uproots his family from rural Massachusetts and relocates to Central America.  It’s as weird as it sounds.  I find a steady diet of cynicism to be a bit much, but there are some genuinely humorous moments.  Be warned, offensive (not funny) language also abounds, as well as racial slurs.  I am curious to see how it ends, though I can’t imagine it ends well.

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro – On Goodreads, I described this as “Sherlock Holmes meets Empire of the Sun.”  It’s not Ishiguro’s most gripping novel – for that, see An Artist of the Floating World or A Pale View of Hills – but I’m liking it so far.

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor – Last Monday I shared my first impressions of Flannery O’Connor.  Still have a ways to go to finish her short stories, though.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – My third reading, I think.  Love this book.

About Orchids: A Chat by Frederick Boyle – I keep falling asleep to this!

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman – Reading this for work.  Interesting stuff.

The Book of Daniel (NKJV) – I finished Job (which I appreciated, though still don’t fully understand) and then decided return to a childhood favorite, Daniel.  Daniel has an interesting narrative format… I’d forgotten chapter 4 which reads like a proclamation by Nebuchadnezzar.  Really fascinating to re-read it now.

Did I mention I started The Lost City of Z by David Grann?  To be honest, the storytelling style really turns me off in a historical book…  However, the subject matter interests me.  I hope to get back to this one soon.

And Ben-Hur.  No, I have not abandoned my book journal for the year.  It’ll be back, soonish.