Book Reviews

My goal is always to read and write more. Each year, I set out to read more books than I read the previous year. I’ve also tacked on the goal of writing a book review for every book I read. I post them to my main blog, but I’ve listed them here for convenience.

Cover of Why Buddhism Is TrueWhy Buddhism Is TrueMuch of my recent non-fiction reading has been focused on philosophy, particularly about mindfulness meditation and Buddhism. So naturally, a book with the curious title Why Buddhism Is True was going to pique my interest. Coupling that with the fact that the book was written by prize-winning author Robert Wright and came with a stunning list of rave reviews, this book became required reading. Read my full review.

Cover of Coraline – Neil GaimanCoraline – Neil GaimanI knew I would love reading Coraline before I even sat down with the first page. I had seen the eponymously-titled animated movie version of the story last year and fell in love with it immediately. The artwork was stunning, the story was thrilling, and I could relate to the protagonist Coraline. Developing a fondness for Gaiman’s writing, particularly his fairy tales, I knew the book would please as much as the movie. Read my full review.

Cover of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick SuskindPerfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick SuskindSometimes I find it easier to write about a thing by first talking about how it made me feel. Perfume fits into that category. It’s a story that disturbs, yet fascinates. It repulses, yet somehow does it beautifully. For me, it was the literary equivalent of smelling something you know is going to smell bad but can’t help but to do it anyway. And I say all of this and still assert that this book is among my favorites. Read my full review.

Cover of Paddle Your Own Canoe – Nick OffermanPaddle Your Own Canoe – Nick OffermanYou probably know Nick Offerman from his highly-popular role as the mustachioed Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy: Parks and Recreation. Having never seen the show myself, I had no real idea who the man was. (I don’t watch a lot of television, but don’t worry: I’m working on that!) So, what am I doing reading the memoirs of a person I was nary aware of? I’m not sure: Someone mentioned it to me, the cover looked cool, and the summary sounded funny. Read my full review.

Cover of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann ShafferThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann ShafferThere’s more to love about this book than just its unique title. Written by the late Mary Ann Shaffer, with the help of her niece Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was one of those books I simply couldn’t put down. Lovable (and loathsome) characters, a quaint setting, and a beautifully-unique presentation make this historical fiction a worthwhile read. Read my full review.

Cover of Lord of the Flies – William GoldingLord of the Flies – William GoldingSomehow, I knew almost nothing about William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies prior to my beginning reading it. I had no ideas about any of the characters, the plot, or even the setting. The only thing I had heard about the book came from my cat. Read my full review.

Cover of This Crowded Earth – Robert BlochThis Crowded Earth – Robert BlochIt is my intent to review this book without spoiling any of the important plot devices. I dove into this story without a clue as to what I was in for, other than that it was about an Earth that had become overcrowded–and that much can be gleaned from the title. I recommend you do the same: get a hold of this title, whether in print or on Kindle, and consume it. Read my full review.