My holiday shopping is done, and no surprise probably to anyone, I bought books. I think there would be something wrong with me if I didn’t buy books. Like, I had fallen into a coma and was in a persistent vegetative state.
So as not to spoil any surprises, I’m not going to reveal which
books they were, but I’ve been reading many fine books lately, and I’ll mention a few of the stand-outs.Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—I love books set in foreign places, and while most of this hefty novel is set in the United States, it’s seen through the eyes of a Nigerian expatriate. It does make you think about race and the consequences of privilege.The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham—This is a picture book biography about a boy who grew up to become a famous and influential mathematician. I am glad there are books like this one in the world.Cat Girl’s Day Off
by Kimberly Pauley—Like the next book on this list, this fun novel has voice in spades. Truly original and oh, so funny! What if your superpower was the ability to talk to cats?Chronal Engine
by Greg Leitich Smith—Time travel and dinosaurs, what’s not to like? What takes this book over the top is the laugh out loud humor. Consider this passage:
They only leave two toe marks, because they hold the one off the ground.
The switchblade one. The one that could disembowel you and leave your intestines on the outside so they could eat you at their convenience while you watched.
I didn’t say this aloud, though, because sometimes you don’t have to tell everyone everything.
I sure hope there’s a sequel.
Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz—Yes, it’s a cookbook, by the author of the classic Veganomicon. I am vegetarian, my eldest daughter is vegan, and a couple small and medium sized relatives have severe food allergies, cutting out whole categories of foods. This cookbook is easy enough for even me to follow (I’m easily distracted), and the recipes are indeed as yummy as promised.
Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George—I listened to this one at the gym and while doing housework, which insured that I did both, otherwise, I would neglect everything. If you read mysteries, you should read Elizabeth George.