What I've read:
Amazingly, I have actually read a fair amount this week. The bad thing is that I suspect it is because I have been not feeling great lately. Hopefully the reading will continue and the feeling bad won't...
Blazed through several Sarah Mayberry books, though none of them were as good as Her Best Worst Mistake
, which I also reread. I also finished and even managed to write up Grace Lin's Starry River of the Sky
, which I enjoyed.
And I finished Courtney Milan's new book The Heiress Effect
, which I need to write up. I went a little into some of my uneasiness with it
, though overall I did enjoy it. That said, while I liked reading about Jane's empowerment, things just felt a little bit too smooth. This was especially obvious when compared to Cecilia Grant's A Woman Entangled
, which has a similar conflict of "I love her but she does not want or fit the deeply cherished lifestyle I want."
I also read Meljean Brook's Iron Seas novella Wrecked
, which is better than the one I previously tried
! No implausible misunderstandings! It does still have the somewhat unbelievable "he is in love with her even though she is afraid of him" thing that has been in other Iron Seas novellas, but at least this one doesn't involve him actively deceiving her. I also just like the "two people on the run together" storyline much more. And now that there are ( small spoilers )
in the world, who knows what will come next!!What I'm reading:
I started Rob Jolles' How to Change Minds: The Art of Influence without Manipulation
, which is an easy read, but not something I was particularly into. I do like the overall premise though. I also started Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
, except I really do not like the author's voice. He keeps saying things and not supporting them, and then saying that there is no point in finding supporting evidence because the most important evidence is the stuff you don't know. Mostly it reads as very self important without having anything to really say.
I am also in the middle of David Quammen's Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
. It's not quite as easy a read as Siddhartha Mukherjee's book on cancer—I know that sounds odd, but The Emperor of All Maladies
is really a page turner—but it is fairly engaging and only lost me while going into the variants of HIV and etc. It's got the thing where there's a fair amount of focus on more rural "foreign" regions that a lot of books on pandemics and parasites do. Quammen overall tries to avoid the lurid "Haha see what these people eat?" thing, but he does slip into it a few times. What I'm reading next:
No idea... hopefully something comforting and engaging?