Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Well-Read in Korea (Part 2)

I figure it's about time for an update on my reading habits. I decided to purchase a Kindle because keeping my normal book buying and reading habits wasn't feasible while living in Korea. They just weigh too much to transport back in my suitcase. Or to mail back. 

The Kindle was a great purchase. I really enjoy using it. I'm tempted to try and elicit some sort of credit or something from Amazon because I've inspired several Korean teachers to purchase their own. 

I've come into possession of over 3,000 ebooks. This number is after I went through and winnowed out the ones that I had no interest in reading. Mostly romance novels, but there were many others eliminated on the basis of the title or basic concept. Now that I have these winnowed down, I am attempting to read them. The ones I really like will go into a folder, then when I return to the States, I will purchase a physical copy. If I don't enjoy a book I've just started, it gets deleted. 

So, here's the list. What I've read since August 24th. 

  1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  2. Sleeper Season One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips
  3. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  4. Why Do Men Have Nipples? by Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg
  5. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  6. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  7. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
  9. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  10. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain
  11. The Fat Man by Ken Harmon
  12. Fallen Angel by Peter David
  13. Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull
  14. Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull
  15. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
  16. Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
  17. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox
  18. Good Things I Wish You by Manette Ansay
  19. Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  20. The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
  21. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  22. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
  23. The Thunder Riders by Frank Leslie
  24. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  25. Hexed by Kevin Hearne
  26. Hammered by Kevin Hearne
  27. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I think it's a pretty good list. My favorites by far were The Once and Future King and The Fat Man. The Fat Man is a noir mystery set at the North Pole. The protagonist is a rather grumpy elf. Worth a read. I was amazed by how he worked in every single Christmas story, song or poem. It was pretty incredible. Most of the time it was pretty natural. There were only a couple occasions where the reference was forced.

I'll try and work up a real blog post before too long. For now, I'm going to read a book.

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