Extra Books – February 28 to March 6

  • Zen Keys by Thich Naht Hahn
    • Published: 1994
    • Genre: Spiritual non-fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Pursuing an interest in Zen Buddhism
    • Rating: 4.5
    • Challenges: 100+
    • My Thoughts:
      • A very handy, insightful little book. Very good at explaining the concepts that fuel Zen Buddhism, very helpful for a beginner like me. It’s a very book XP
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    • Published: October 1926
    • Genre: Modernist fiction
    • Why I picked it up: On my TBR list
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • Challenges: 100+
    • My Thoughts: 
      • I am definitely a fan of Hemingway’s style, that much can be said. I wonder what it would have been like to read one of his books 80 years ago, when his style would have been so shocking and different?
      • The story, well, I can’t say I enjoyed that as much. It for sure picked up in the last 100 pages or so, but I didn’t feel very drawn in. It felt like a small story, just a quick little thing to read through in a sitting. I also think this is one of those books where historical context is very helpful in understanding/’getting’ it, as I felt I understood the book more once I read it’s Wikipedia page…
      • On a bit of a sidenote, I wonder if reading Wiki pages after finishing a book is making me lazy or not…I like to think it isn’t. I do put a lot of thought into a book while I’m reading it, I make my own notes and jot down questions. I think reading up on the book some more after finishing it helps fills in the cracks that I didn’t understand.
  • Zombicorns by John Green
    • Published: February 2011
    • Genre: Zombie apocalypse fun slush
    • Why I picked it up: It’s by John Green!! (I donated $20 to the P4A for this, but you can read it here).
    • Rating: 4 stars
    • Challenges: 100+
    • My Thoughts:
      • I don’t know if my rating counts for this because it isn’t your typical published book. This was written to be an intentionally-bad zombie apocalypse novella, but I still found it a fun and enjoyable read. It obviously isn’t quite up there with the rest of John’s works, but it is fun and gory and light but heavy and intelligent. If you’re a fan of John or zombies I would recommend this book, for sure.