Reading and Podcasting: Behind the Scenes – Episode 29

How did I first get into classic literature, let alone podcast about it? This week’s episode features a glimpse into my reading life and podcasting journey, as well as some tips and technology which have helped me along the way.

Opening quote is from South by Sir Ernest Shackleton.  It has no bearing on today’s topic; it’s just a nice quote on a topic that’s been on my brain.

Links:
Classics Considered on Instagram – Follow to get sneak peeks of future episodes!
Noonlight Reads – My all-purpose reading blog.  Links to my stories can be found here.
RSS Owl – A free, open-source RSS / blog reader
Lithium (app) – Useful for reading Project Gutenberg ebooks on an Android tablet
OneNote Online

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.