Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
A mercilessly bleak book that I’m glad I read but intend to never read again.
The Stranger, by Albert Camus
A murderer is judged by a society he cannot relate to. Told from the perspective of an indifferent, apathetic character.
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, by Thomas Ligotti
A pessimist’s manifesto on the pointlessness of it all. A nice break from the usual propaganda.
Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake
A peek into the world of fungi, from truffles to magic mushrooms. Very interesting.
I was only able to read 2 books this month, so I’m not very happy. Some inconsistent timings at work changed my routine a bit so my reading took a hit.
The Battles of Tolkien, by David Day
A book to be held. With lovely illustrations and binding, it is a joy to read. Quite short though, and I was expecting a bit more depth in many of the sections.
How the World Works, by Noam Chomsky
A collection of 4 books, collecting interviews given by Chomsky in a variety of topics. An excellent summary of his worldview.
Alex Through the Looking-Glass, by Alex Bellos
I’ve read Alex Bellos before and quite liked the first one. This one is good too, barring the first chapter which feels more like a chapter on numerology/favourite numbers etc.
Olympos, by Dan Simmons
The sequel to Ilium and quite enjoyable, although massive. Somehow the author makes it all work in a way that is quite satisfying.
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
My first Le Guin. A scientist from an anarchist moon colony escapes to the mother planet and is faced with a clash of ideas. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this but was pretty happy with how nuanced the cultures were.
Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke
A short fantasy from the author of the excellent Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Recommended.
American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
Um this one is extremely disturbing. I don’t what I expected going in, maybe something like Dorian Grey if he was a yuppie. But this book was quite gruesome.
Knowledge, Reality, and Value: A Mostly Common Sense Guide to Philosophy, by Michael Huemer
A phenomenal introduction to philosophy. Skips all the boring bits, has great examples, and has some really good sections on critical thinking. I wish I’d read stuff like this when I was much younger.