Paper Towns

Author: John Green Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2008 I read it: May 2017 I have a list of particular YA/coming-of-age books that I intend to read. And not just a big vague intention, but a full-on goal of getting through specific titles represented in this book spine painting we have. On that list is The Fault in…

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003

Author: Dave Eggers (series editor), Zadie Smith (introduction) Type: Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, essays, comics, humor (anthology) Published: 2003 I read it: May 2017 2003. The first year of the Iraq war. The release year of a bunch of my favorite albums before I turned more noticeably into new tastes. A full decade before my first…

Waking Gods

Author: Sylvain Neuvel Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Themis Files (#2) Published: 2017 I read it: April 2017 In my review for Sleeping Giants I mostly talked about the structure and overall feel of falling into the story. Because this one is the same style with all the same characters, I have to…

The Nix

Author: Nathan Hill Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2016 I read it: April 2017 At one point in The Nix, in a passage where the protagonist is living his internal monologue through the lens of a Choose Your Own Adventure story, he is asked what his great novel is going to be about. He responds, “I…

Mother Night

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1961 I read it: April 2017 Vonnegut’s WWII novel comes with not one but two separate intros by the author himself. He even goes so far as to point out the very morals of the story, such as they are, and to dedicate the book to the protagonist,…

Radical Homemakers

Author: Shannon Hayes Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture Published: 2010 I read it: April 2017 We have backyard chickens. I never predicted this. But my wife is a DIYer who built the coop herself as well as several functional wooden items inside and outside our home.…

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Author: Jon Ronson Type: Non-fiction, single subject Published: 2015 I read it: March 2017 Consider me convinced. Ronson’s book about public shaming is instantly fascinating; it’s a perfectly modern subject matter to pair with his light and accessible writing style. He’s funny, of course, with dry quips dropped here and there: In fact, ever since…