This is a series of reviews of my favorite books published between 2010 and 2019. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014) An aging actor drops dead of a heart attack on stage, an omen for a sweeping flu pandemic that will decimate the world's population within weeks. Station Eleven does something that I … Continue reading Favorite Books of 2010s: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Here is an interesting essay by Emily St. John Mandel that analyzes data to find common characteristics of books with the word "girl" in the title and try to answer the question of why this is a trend now. Fun game next time you're in the bookstore: Make up a short story just using the … Continue reading Why are there so many books with “girl” in the title?
I like to track my reading in multiple ways, for which I use the various OCD tracking tools on LibraryThing. One way is to track what I read during the year as compared to what others were reading during the same period (here's the list). It interests me to see what trends emerge. Here are … Continue reading Popular Books Read and Unread in 2015
Here are my five favorite reads of the year, a nice mix of old classics and new discoveries. Please post your favorite reads of the year in the comments. (These are books read during the past year and enjoyed, but not necessarily published in 2015.) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (my essay on a kinder, gentler … Continue reading Top Five Reads of the Year
This month, I'm highly recommending the post-apocalyptic novel, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven does something that I hadn't thought was possible: it offers something new and exciting in the post-apocalyptic genre. I have read a lot of post-apocalyptic books, and I was getting burned out on them. It seemed like there was nothing … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Station Eleven