I read 153 books this year in a 50/50 split between audiobooks and other formats. Being unemployed helped that along, didn’t do much for me in terms of my mental health. But there were so many good reads consumed and published this year, I had to make two lists. Enjoy!Continue reading
Happy 2020! Welcome to the first addition of what I learned by reading. This month felt like it was a million years long, which is fine in terms of reading because I read 12 books so far, well ahead of my 100 book goal for 2020.
Note: Starting a thing where I cross-post my Goodreads reviews that are 4 stars + to my blog in 2020
Rating: 4/5 stars
Year Release: 1997
Source: Library Kindle Borrow
|I have a wretched habit of taking the wrong things away from cautionary tales, and this book is no exception. Krakauer recounts an ill-fated expedition to Everest’s summit in 1996, which claimed the lives of six climbers.
Krakauer goes into such painstaking detail about the dangers and physical strength needed to make the summit, but he doesn’t shy away from acknowledging and venerating that grand mountain. I shouldn’t feel the draw of the mountain, and yet. The imagery is absolutely gorgeous, and he speaks of his teammates with such human reverence. He doesn’t elevate them to heroes, but admits that they are simply human.
This breathtaking work is not for the faint of heart, but it captures the majesty and terror of attempting to reach the top of the world.
I am going to start announcing the books I intend to read per month, starting with January 2020.
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
- The Fortress by S.A. Jones (ARC)
- The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
- Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (ARC)
- Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (Library Borrow) Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Library Borrow) Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani (ARC)
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (Library Borrow) Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (Library Borrow)
I did a lot of good reading in 2018 and was introduced to new favorite people, authors, and series. Here is a list of 19 books I’m really excited to read or see out in the world.