Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Read Any Good Books Lately?

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An Educated Squirrel

Have you read any good books lately? I have a habit of reading three or four books at a time. I almost finish a book but something else will catch my fancy. One strange thing is that I haven't read a book of fiction in many years...the last time was when I was visiting Costa Rica and found myself kind of bored because I was there alone. Somebody had left behind "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy in the lodge where I was staying. If you ever want to feel suicidally depressed, read that book. Why I was reading it in a tropical paradise is beyond me. Here I was bawling my eyes out, alone in my room, when outside the door was a gorgeous beach and bright sunny days. The book won a Pulitzer but still...

I like to read non-fiction. I got halfway through "102 Minutes, The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers". Believe it or not, I started that book a few days before I was going to fly back east. But then "Proof of Heaven, a Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" caught my eye in the Vancouver airport, so I started reading that on the plane. I was quite enjoying it and got very close to finishing it, except then I had a look at my Amazon wish list and couldn't resist buying "The Suitcase Entrepreneur". So that's what I'm reading now. Next up is "The Self Illusion, How the Social Brain Creates Identity", which is another book I bought in the airport (two books for $20, who could resist?) Actually, first I'll finish "Proof of Heaven".

The book has to be pretty captivating for me to finish it. The last one that I read all the way through and had me enthralled was a Canadian bestseller called "A House in the Sky" by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. I like books about strong women and let me tell you, Amanda Lindhout definitely fits that description. The first part is about her travels, and a good travel story is also something I enjoy. At times the book is tough to read because she goes through some brutal situations but her endurance and compassion are compelling. Check it out if you get a chance.

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