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 read 118 books this year, mostly thanks to an aggressive ARC schedule and audiobooks. The list here are 19 books which I read this year that I loved, but weren’t necessarily published in 2019.
In December, I made it a small goal to get my Currently Reading List down to zero. While I failed at that, I got most of the way there, even reading two additional books. I start 2020 with a four-book-long backlog, which honestly, it pretty good. Anyway, here is the last recap of the year.
I read 81 books this year, mostly thanks to an aggressive ARC schedule and audiobooks. The list here are 18 books which I read this year that I loved, but weren’t necessarily published in 2018. Some are from 2016, one comes out in January 2019, and one collection of manga had been published back in 1972.