What I’m Reading This Month

This post will be rather short. I’m just going to list the books I have on deck this month.

  • Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie – a memoir chronicling the caged years during which a Khomeini-sanctioned fatwa existed over his head.
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie – a children’s book which Salman wrote during the fatwa years. It was written for his son. I’m on a Rushdie kick.
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens – an English orphan has a tough lot in life. You’re probably at least a little familiar with this one.
  • Exit Ghost by Philip Roth – the last of Roth’s Zuckerman novels. I haven’t started this one yet.
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – a self-improvement book that has something to offer in teaching you to “break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles.” Sounds interesting.
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson – this is the one I’m most worried about in terms of enjoyment. I haven’t done much sci-fi reading before, save Ender’s Game and a few others. But Gibson is one of the most prolific and preeminent sci-fi writers still alive today, so it seems like one of his books is a good place to start my reintroduction to that genre.

Those are the ones I have. I don’t know if I’ll finish them all before year’s end, but that’s my list for now. It’s a nice mix of biography, fantasy, classic lit, modern fiction, self improvement, and now sci-fi as well. I’m a baseball manager making his starting lineup (I need three more players!).

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