2016 Book List

Time for the annual book list. Reading pace slowed down quite a bit on account of a little side endeavor (school). Hopefully I’ll find my new study groove in the new year and pick up the reading pace again.

  • (F) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, 4 stars
  • (F) The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, 4 stars
  • (F) The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, 3 stars
    • Got kind of tired of the storyline and just wanted to hear the resolution
  • (NF) In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson, 5 stars
    • Wildly hilarious travelogue
  • (F) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, 5 stars
  • (F) The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams, 5 stars
  • (F) Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams, 5 stars
  • (F) So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams, 4 stars
  • (F) Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams, 4 stars
  • (F) Jurassic Park: A Novel by Michael Crichton, 5 stars
    • Y’all have you read this?? Lexie recommended the book so I picked it up. LOVED it and loved Crichton’s references to the scientific/research world
  • (F) The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park Book 2) by Michael Crichton, 5 stars
  • (F) Sphere by Michael Crichton, 3 stars
    • Liked the premise of the book, but became a “meh” read later in the book
  • (F) The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton, 5 stars
    • LOVED this book. It’s a classic robbery story set with interesting characters with tons of trickery
  • (F) The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, 4 stars
    • Classic scific. It’s even easier to envision a situation like this given our capabilities in biological manipulation. Don’t even get me started on CRISPR tech…
  • (F) Timeline by Michael Crichton, 3 stars
  • (NF) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, 5 stars
    • Heartbreaking book addressing life and death. Read it first as a library book but am going to purchase a copy for my own bookshelf.
  • (F) Cat’s Paws and Catapults by Steven Vogel, 4 stars
    • Great insights on how man-made and nature-made things are similar/different
  • (F) The Martian by Andy Weir, 5 stars
    • Recommended by Lexie. Even if you’ve seen the movie, the book is out-of-this-world good
  • (NF) How We Die by Sherwin Nuland, 4 stars
  • (F) LOTR Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, 5 stars
    • Obsessed with Tolkien!!
  • (F) My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, 3 stars
    • I had pretty high expectations for this book because of all the press it received but was disappointed. An average story about two girls growing up and their love/hate relationship
  • (F) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, 4 stars
    • Loved this fantasy tale about 3 Londons, wizards, and magic. An all around fun story and an escape from med school
  • (F) A Gathering of Shadows (ADSOM Book 2) by V.E. Schwab, 4 stars
    • The fantasy continues with the second book in the trilogy! Schwab keeps you turning the pages !! But the book ends with a GIANT CLIFFHANGER and the third (and last) book doesn’t come out until February :/
  • (F) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, 4 stars
    • Sad yet beautiful tale
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Mail and procrastination

My good friend Alba is going through a tough time so I decided to mail her a care package. My parents were in town last weekend, so we went shopping for the care package goodies. Dad brought the package back home to FL to mail so I didn’t have to deal with the post office during the holiday season.

I just checked on the package status and it made me inordinately happy to see its path from FL to CH. It boggles my mind how interconnected our world has become. At a higher level, I know that globalization has connected the world both in space and time. But seeing the path of the package somehow makes that more real.

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Also, I’m majorly procrastinating for next week’s exam. There’s so much to learn and I am paralyzed by the amount I need to memorize.