Hey all, I know that I’m a giant bummer joykiller, but I’m gonna be on the road for the holidays and I don’t really have the time to present you with a proper post this week, so I’m coppin’ out and throwin’ the whole schedule out of whack.
Just so you didn’t come all this way for nothing, here are some micro-reviews of stuff I’ve read this year:
Brutus: The Noble Conspirator by Kathryn Tempest (2018)
I’m only a few chapters in, but already I think I’m really going to like this biography. My mind has wandered a few times while reading it, but that’s not the author’s fault, because the book is both engaging and enlightening. You can probably tell that I got onto a big Rome kick after reading Casca. This is scratching that itch very well.
Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Stephen Hyden (2018)
I’m not gonna toot my own horn, but I’m a pretty big classic rock buff. It’s my dad’s fault. That said, this book of essays blew me out of the water with stuff I didn’t know already. It’s also really funny. Stephen Hyden is now on my short list of authors I get notifications about.
I liked this book so much I got a copy for my brother’s Christmas present. I’m sure he’s never ever once read this blog, so I’m not spoiling anything, although I can now guarantee that he’s going to get a wild hair to see what I’m writing about.
How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North (2018)
Without question, my book of the year. I love this book so much.
I mean, it’s Ryan North, so you know it’s going to be both funny and informative. That comes with the name. What’s crazy is just how practical this book is. Sure, I’m not likely to need how to build a plow from scratch any time soon (but if I need to, I know where to find out how), but since reading this book I’ve learned how to make my own butter, and I appreciate that.
Seriously, this book is worth your money. I’m being told that the Kindle edition has issues, which is annoying because I seriously bought Kindle copies for more than one friend this Christmas. Frown emoji.
So yeah, I hope you all have a merry and happy and wonderful and safe holiday season, where and if applicable. I’ll see you next week.