Pachinko – Interesting historical background. I felt like some of the emotional aspects were muted because of the time skips, but it was worth reading.
Master and Commander – Skipped all of the parts where boat things are explained so all that remained was a love story that starts with the most adorable meet cute. I’m currently listening to the audiobook, where the boat parts help me get to sleep.
The Possibility of an Island – I might have more to say about Houellebecq later, not today.
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked – Interesting, but not super relevant to me at the moment because I don’t really use social media right now. I don’t follow enough people on goodreads or Instagram for those to be interesting/addictive, no Facebook, and I never started using twitter. I’d planned on using @pocketbookangel to collect quotes from whatever I was reading–maybe I will start at some point. Right now, I don’t have a “place” on the internet, which is a little weird because I’ve spent so much of my life online, but I no longer have a reason to be here. How was the book? Apparently I wasn’t interested enough to take notes or highlight any quotes.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street – In a better universe, this is not a book, it is an anime with Akira Ishida voicing the watchmaker of the title. Maybe I’ll complain more about this book later, starting with the main character fussing over his Lipton tea in the 1880s (Lipton, est. 1890), and finishing with the creepiness of the main relationship. Tbh, the creepiness is the kind I like, but I was left wondering if the author realised exactly how fucked up it is.
The Old Devils – Some genuinely funny bits, and it was refreshing to read about older characters, but everyone is so awful in a realistic way that it feels entirely without grace. Given the title, I’m certain this was deliberate.
Fahrenheit 451 – Every time I read this book, I find new parts to dislike. Kids these days with their giant TVs and comic books! And I can’t even with the ridiculous author’s note except to say that I think the Vassar lady is a figment of his imagination.
A Study in Charlotte and The Last of August – Disappointing.
Powell of the month: The Acceptance World
April was going to be a no-Kindle month, an experiment in carrying paper books around, but I’m halfway through rereading American Pastoral and I just got Fever Dream, recent winner of the Tournament of Books, so paper books will have to wait.
In the interest of completeness, it should be noted that I also read The Productivity Project. It is embarrassing how many productivity books I’ve read when compared to how productive I actually am.