I just finished reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. It was my 32nd book of 2014, and marks the first time I’ve read the book since long before I was keeping track of my reading. Probably since I was 10 years old or so, I’d guess.
I’m particularly excited about the next three books I’m planning to read, so I thought I’d list them here.
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
I recently read The Innovators by Walter Isaacson, and it has reinvigorated my passion for books on technology. I also remember Richard Rhodes The Making of the Atomic Bomb as one of the better nonfiction books I’ve ever read. I’ve been meaning to read this biography of Oppenheimer for some time now. I have about 10 days to kill before the next book on my list comes out, so it seemed like the perfect fit.
Revival by Stephen King
The rumor mill behind Stephen King’s latest book, Revival, (his second this year) is that it is among the more terrifying books he has written since Pet Semetary. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, but it doesn’t come out until November 11th, which is which I have some time to fill between now and then.
Abominable by Dan Simmons
I’ve never read a Dan Simmons book before. During an SF Signal podcast that I participated in a while back, someone mentioned this book as a particularly good one. I’m not interested in starting a series, which is why I chose this one as opposed to one of Simmons’ more famous books, but with winter on its way, I’m looking forward to this one.
One things about listing out the books I plan to read. It is just that: a plan. I don’t always stick to it. Sometimes it’s because a book doesn’t hold my interest. More often, however, it is because I found a book so interesting, or so good that I want to read something similar to it right away. In any case, this is my plan, and given how much I read per day, I’d expect these 3 books to fill the month of November for me.