With a total of 30 books read this year, I enjoyed a wide variety. The places the novels took me and the wealth of knowledge gained from the non-fiction. Book number 30, I am still reading but I plan to finish it up by December 31st. From futuristic to distant past, from space to deep in Mississippi, I enjoyed the ride. I noticed I read three novels with prison as the subject. Interesting, it was quite by accident but something I realized tallying up my books for the year. I also read 5 books about space, not a surprise there, as I am intrigued by space.
Hard to pick a favorite out of this bunch. There were many I loved. A few I did not but overall my picks were good choices.
If I had to pick just one, it would be Michio Kaku’s “The Future of Humanity”. Probably one of the best books I have ever read.
The last three books of the year.
“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer
Fiction, 261 pages.
This book ended up capturing my heart. A wonderful story of Arthur who is turning fifty and venturing around the world dealing with a love loss. About halfway through, I thought of giving up on this book. However, as the story went along I was drawn into his adventures around the globe. A delightful and heartwarming story with vivid descriptions.
“The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner
Fiction, 336 pages
I really enjoyed this book. The story follows Romy who is sentenced to prison for consecutive life sentences. Interesting descriptions of life on the inside at a state women’s prison. My only complaint, the book ended rather abruptly. I was hoping for more of the story. Overall a great book interweaving her life before and during her prison sentence.
“Number One Chinese Restaurant” by Lillian Li
Fiction, 288 pages
Currently, I am still reading this one. Almost halfway through I am really enjoying the story. This novel follows the family and staff of a Chinese restaurant. The author tells the story of different characters and their troubles while working at the restaurant.