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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My summer reading list

I'm pretty pleased with the books I read this summer. As in, most of them were so good I wanted to read them twice. 

Jules Verne : "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" and "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea". I honestly only read these books because Jim designed their sweet 3D covers. But you know what? They were pretty good. If I ever have children, I will require them to read Jules Verne stories. Also, I need a cool submarine. 

Bill Bryson: "A Walk in the Woods" and "The Lost Continent". I'd lost track of how many people told me I HAD to read "A Walk in the Woods" so when I found it in a box at my dad's, I decided I should probably start reading. I loved it. I missed out on a camping trip this year and this seems to have filled the void. "The Lost Continent" was great too, but doesn't quite reach a five star status in my book (aka on my Goodreads). 

Chuck Klosterman: "Eating the Dinosaur" and "Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas". Klosterman is Klosterman. Great pop culture essays as always but what I really loved about "IV" was the piece of short fiction at the end. I actually did read it twice and told a bunch of people about how wonderful it was, practically begging them to read it also. Do it.

Max Barry: "Machine Man". Another book I honestly only chose because of the designer. Matt Roeser did a great job on this cover and the second I saw it on the bookshelf I bought it (and then tweeted about it). I read it all on the plane ride to and from Detroit and when it was over I decided my life has been seriously lacking in the Max Barry area. I can't wait to read more from him. 

I'm also currently reading "Blink" after having it unread on my shelf for about three years now. It's so great. Malcolm Gladwell's writing is so easily readable and understandable. I definitely recommend it as well. 

What did everyone else read this summer? 


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