February’s Books Read

I was only able to finish four books this past month, but I was in the middle of a lot of other books too, which will show up in the March post.

I’ve made a decision for myself that I read too many books that bore me for the sake of diverse reading. That’s not the point of the whole initiative to read more widely. So I’ve resolved to only read a book that interests me, and I’ll prioritize reading or buying the book if it happens to be written by a marginalized voice.

Now, without further ado:

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson–I’m glad I listened to this book, since I was asleep for most of my planetary geology class back a few years ago. I was especially taken in by the discussion of dark matter, since I had done a small report on Fritz Zwicky in 8th grade. Also because I love the scary parts of outer space.

The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy by Dave Madden– I was actually kind of disappointed by this book. It was more of a biography of Carl Ackley than I would have liked. I did learn a lot though, and I liked the insight into the culture of taxidermists and natural history museums. But I wanted more. And maybe some color plates in the middle.

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul–This was a book of essays that was listed as part of a reading challenge last year that I didn’t finish. But it was on sale at P&P, so I went ahead and picked it up. I thought it was really engaging. I have no idea who Koul is, but she has a great voice and a fun story, and I really enjoyed reading it.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang– This book was so cool. It ended kind of abruptly, which I know is a thing in literary fiction. I read this on ebook, and I’m definitely going to buy a hard copy the next time I have disposable income. I thought the three different perspectives were good for breaking up the story. It was three different story arcs, all having to do with Yeong-hye’s sudden vegetarianism. The best part was that it was slightly horrific. Body horror is something I adore and don’t get enough of, and this was body horror done beautifully and subtly.

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