I am actually very excited for December. I have vacation, there’s my birthday, there’s Christmas, and every year I look forward to December very much because it’s always such a fun time. I got to read some really interesting books in November and advance a bit on my personal reading goals, but have slowed down my reading considerably on the latter half of the month, when I got back to exercising a bit more, and generally spending my time doing other things.
I will start with what I read for Non-Fiction November:
Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John Drury Clark was the first book I finished for Non-Fiction November because I’d been reading it for a couple months already, and although I really enjoyed it, it is also very heavy in terms of chemistry, so it took me a while to read it since I had to be in a headspace for really focused reading, which is normally not how I read in my commute, during lunch breaks and right before bed. I really liked this book and it was totally worth the read – John D. Clark is clearly very knowledgeable but also this book is absolutely hilarious!
I decided spontaneously to pick up Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe in audio format, which was as amazing as I hoped it would be. At this point I think I will read anything Patrick Radden Keefe writes. His investigative work is written in such a compelling narrative that it’s impossible to put it down.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Stephen Brusatte will be my second and maybe last pick for Non-Fiction November (together with Ignition) and I want to get it done rather soon because half my family has already demanded to borrow this. Also it sounds super cool.
Lastly, for Non-Fic November I read Meaty by Samantha Irby and had mixed feelings about it because it was just so vulgar and a bit disgusting, which is not really something I enjoy reading, but also I could absolutely see myself enjoying her other books better because she was so witty and funny that I’m still interested in reading more from the author.Continue reading