Well, this was….not a month for being productive on my reading goals, but at least I had fun. I revisited some favorite history books from my teen years and stumbled on two authors who were fascinating and a delight to read, despite being in very different genres (eudaimonia and science fiction). Review in progress for the eudaimonic books.
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Climbing Mount Doom
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, Tom Woods
The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the 21st Century, Jacqueline Olds and Richard Schwartz
- Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto. This is a 2023 Science Survey read, for Local Astronomy
- Invasion! They’re Coming! The German Account of D-Day, Paul Carrell.
- Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, Arthur Brooks
- Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in his Own Time, Sarah Ruden. I can’t remember what prompted this — I think I was reading an article and the author said “Read Ruden”, and I replied “Okay!”.
- Out of the Jungle: Jimmy Hoffa and the Remaking of the American Working Class, Thaddaeus Russell. Considering the subject and the author, this should be…fun.
Coming up in October:
October should be a fun month, I think. I have two Halloween-appropriate science reads, a small stack of SF and fantasy titles with possibilities, and some….interesting history titles. I’d like to read something for Mental Health Awareness month, as well.
I have a similar D-Day book planned for some point in the next 6 months:
D-Day Through German Eyes – How the Wehrmacht Lost France by Jonathan Trigg.
I’ve seen that one reccommended! I’ve read Carrell before and thought his perspective was interesting.
Most D-Day books focus on the victorious Allies so it’ll make a nice change of perspective to ‘see’ it from the other side. I have a few D-Day books stacked but they’re chunkers and I don’t have too much ‘fat’ on my review pile to spend the time reading them ATM. I’ll be concentrating on shorter/faster books for a while I think!