Been away. I know. I’m a lazy guy sometimes. Been focusing a lot of my energy into getting ready for training for my new job. Lot’s to learn and absorb. Hopefully two weeks from now with the training done with I’ll be back and writing again. Been keeping myself busy with reading (covered later) and playing Super Mario World with the wife, along with the game below, Doukutsu Monagatari. Addicting little pleasures. Been to pretty much every coffee shop in Tacoma studying, and still really havn’t found a consistent or even really good Americano here in Tacoma. I’m sure it exsists, at least I hope it does.
But, to keep my mind away from the cardiovascular system, and the joys of treating hypertrigliceridemia and hypertension, I’ve been trying to read more. Been reading comics a bit, but also trying to cut down my backlog of books that I have to read. Both my wife and I havn’t been to a book store in a month or two, because we know we’d just buy more books that would have to go on the shelf and just add to all the other books we want, or just have been meaning to read.
As a treat tonight we went to Borders after a nice meal out (date night!) and while checking up on authors I like I found Nick Hornby’s new book – The Polysyllabic Spree. It’s his account of his own struggle to keep up with the books he buys and the books he’s been meaning to read. It kind of made me think about my back log and since I havn’t been writing much recently I wanted to write about it!
Books I’m Reading Now (Yes, I tend to read more than one book at a time)
- The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene – I always enjoy a good non-fiction science book and Brian Greene is an entertaining writer, keeping me updated on the latest developments in physics dealing with space, time and the basics of how the universe really works.
- The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby – Just got it, and it’s for my flight back to New Jersey, but I like it already.
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace – This thick and heavy book is slow going. Not because it isn’t good. It’s huge, thick, unwieldy and with a ton of Wallace signiture footnotes. Great writing, but work to read on account of how big and thick the book is to read. I’ll get there.
A few of the books on the shelf:
- The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2) by Neal Stephenson
- Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
- Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Smoke & Blue in the Face (Screenplays) – By Paul Auster
- And other various Science Fiction books (Katherine Kurtz, Orson Scott Card, Issac Asimov)
Reading, my hobby alongside my gaming habit.
2 thoughts on “Books, always so many to read”
Move “East of Eden” up on your list. JB and I read it together while in Brazil and we fell in love with the characters. Of course when we came back Oprah had it on her book club list…
Agree with former request to move up “East of Eden”. You already know that though. You’re the one that had to live with me turning over every night and informing you that this is “the best fucking book”.