What are the best books you read last year?
What books are you looking forward to reading this year?
What have you already read or started reading this year?
My first books of the year are the zombie apocalypse series by John Ringo that starts with Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising, #1). It’s typical Ringo – lots of military action, thin on character building. Still, a fun read – I’ve read the first 3 books so far.
I’m also working my way through some non-fiction: Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics by by Frederic Spotts. I borrowed this based on a recommendation online after I made an offhand joke about the Monuments Men movie – I said I get why the Nazis burned modern art. It’s an interesting book that argues that Hitler was first of all a frustrated artist, and his whole “take over the world” thing was his means to an end of establishing a cultural and artistic Hitlertopia. I guess it could be alternately titled “Portrait of Hitler as a Psycho Art Critic.” There are interesting parallels to you-know-who.
By happy accident, I have also been drawn into skimming through the first three books of Winston Churchill’s The Second World War series. To help my younger kid decipher Winnie’s writings, as she does her research paper, I’ve been reading aloud selected passages. Then we talk about it and go to some Churchill biographies to figure out the context. It’s an educational exercise for me, and I hope for her too. I know it’s vocabulary-expanding – she’s already picked up the word “perturbed”, which I told her to use in lieu of “concerned.”
Best book I read last year – huh, looking at my list, I was enthusiastic about the latest Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, some young adult books. But off the top of my head, the ones I remember most are The Silkworm by John Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) and Child 44 by Tom Robb Smith.
Okay. Your turn!