The Book Monster Vol. 9
This week I didn’t get to do as much reading as I wanted; I was distracted. I did have a chance to clean behind the books on my Swedish bookcase and this is what I found: a pen shaped like a guitar, gargantuan dust bunnies, chapstick, an empty photo album, cobwebs, old mail, and a Jean Shepard book. I was actually disgusted by the amount of dust I found behind all those books, and so I urge my readers to clean behind their books on on their bookshelves. Who knows what treasures await you.
The Christian Science Monitor reported that 55% of those who read young adult fiction are 18 or older. I’m not sure what this means for America—is it that YA fiction writers are producing better books these days, or are adults not up to par with reading like they used to be?
Sporkpress is an online journal of fiction and poetry. The writing is edgy and a little experimental too. I haven’t figured out there publishing frequency but they put new material up often. This site is great for a quick read when you don’t have much time. If I had a smart phone I could read this everywhere, but I don’t.
Sand and Foam, by Kahlil Gibran: I will admit that I bought this book from Smith Family Bookstore because I liked the cover (and this isn’t the only book I have chosen for its cover). Gibran’s writing is thoughtful, powerful, emotional, mystical, inspiring—the list goes on. The book contains poetry, aphorisms, and seven of Gibran’s own illustrations. It is a relatively quick read, but you will be pondering the universe by the time you are through with it.
“Star Wars Visions”: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see Yoda and Kermit the Frog fishing on Degobah? This is just one of the visions conjured up by a corps of gifted artists who contributed to this book. What impressed me most about the artwork was the originality and creativity of the art. There is also a foreward written by the God of the Star Wars universe George Lucas.
“The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else”, by Hernando De Soto: One of the things I enjoyed most about college were the reading assignments. Not all of them were good reads, but I was forced to read a lot of great books that I would never otherwise have read. This is one of those books I’m talking about it. De Soto does a great job of explaining economics in lamens terms, and expounding on decades worth of research conducted in foreign cities such as Cairo, Egypt. Problems with economic systems are diagnosed, and prescriptions are written. A must read for anyone who is interested in Economics.
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