In lieu of my book review this week, I’m going to tell you a bit about the books I’ve downloaded onto my Kindle for prime reading activity. In case you’re wondering… I’ve read no books this past weeks. Lather on the shame (actually don’t – I’ve just been insanely busy). Below are all the books that are currently on my Kindle, and given my increase in travel & free time: hopefully I’ll get around to them.
Blurb: What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a familiar question we’re all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don’t.
Why: I am constantly questioning my life choices and trying to narrow down my hobbies and what “I want to do when I grow up” – so this book is the perfect one for me. [Currently Reading]
Blurb: As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.
Why: The first book of this series was by far one of my favourite books of last year, so obviously I am hard-pressed to find a reason NOT to read this book (I preordered it).
Blurb: In The Nasty Bits, he serves up a well-seasoned hellbroth of candid, often outrageous stories from his worldwide misadventures. Whether scrounging for eel in the backstreets of Hanoi, revealing what you didn’t want to know about the more unglamorous aspects of making television, calling for the head of raw food activist Woody Harrelson, or confessing to lobster-killing guilt, Bourdain is as entertaining as ever.
Why: Anthony Bourdain has quickly become one of my favourite authors so… it’s obvious I’ve bought these other books. They’re short and hilarious.
Blurb: In the ten years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, from Monday fish to the breadbasket conspiracy, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant businessand for Anthony Bourdain.
Why: See Above. Anthony Bourdain = God.
Blurb: James Garfield’s 1880 dark horse campaign after the longest-ever Republican nominating convention, his victory in the closest-ever popular vote for president, his struggle against bitterly feuding factions once elected, and the public’s response to his assassination is the most dramatic presidential odyssey of the Gilded Age—and among the most momentous in our nation’s history. This journey through political backrooms, dazzling convention floors, and intrigue-filled congressional and White House chambers, and the pistol shots of assassin Charles Guiteau.
Why: It’s been far too long since I’ve delved into American historical obsession. I know next to nothing about James Garfield and the late 1800s… actually my knowledge is fairly limited until 1826 (death of Thomas Jefferson in case you were wondering).
Blurb: Set in contemporary Moscow, where shape shifters, vampires, and street-sorcerers linger in the shadows, Night Watch is the first book of the hyper-imaginative fantasy pentalogy from best-selling Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko.
Why: After the recent Russian magical realist book I read, I’m sort of developing a taste for gritty Russian urban fantasy. It’s fascinating and offers up another option to the usual London underground books I’m so attached to.
What are you reading?