What I’m Reading Now: The Martian and Good Morning, Midnight

When it comes to popular fiction, I tend to be the most conservative and hesitant. It’s probably due to me knowing if I like something, I’ll go too deep too fast. Just look at my Harry Potter obsession years. That said, I do try to expand my reading horizons.

This year I decided to read more Sci-Fi. Besides classic Jules Verne tales like ‘Around the World in Eighty Days‘ and ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’, and Ender’s Game, most of the stories I’ve encountered in the genre left me wondering: “Why do people like this so much, why is it a classic, I don’t understand!” I wanted to know if I was just bad at picking the good stuff.

So far, two books stand out. Both I’d classify as Sci-Fi, but not the same type. The Martian is the kind that strives for technical accuracy. Good Morning, Midnight uses space travel and apocalyptic circumstances as a backdrop to study characters. (more…)

What I’m Reading Now: The Book Thief

At the moment, I’m deep into reading The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I’ve started it yesterday and cannot put it down. I’ve done myself a great disservice avoiding it just because it’s popular and because it’s about Nazi Germany at the height of the Holocaust. What book could possibly do what Diary of Anne Frank and the Schindler’s List didn’t already? thought I.

Fool, I am. Thank God for ebooks and libraries that loan them.

Overdrive — and all the public libraries that cooperate with the company — thank you.

As of this writing, I’m about one-third’s into the story. I’ve learned why the narrator, Death, calls the main character, Liesel, the book thief. It has to do with her little brother Werner’s death.