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Books Read in September ’15

In order to gain a better understanding of how I choose what to read, I’ll be doing monthly recaps of the fiction and non-fiction books I finished, and why.

This past month, I became work. The season began and there were bumps and absurdities and guests were handled and the show went on (the show must go on). As a consequence, my attention for Connect A Book dwindled to a narrow stream of energy mustered on weekends. Long runs for marathon training, which double as marathon bouts of audiobook listening, were scratched in favor of full-night sleeps and, when possible, six-mile jogs.

With a day off and a lighter week on the horizon, the schedule should normalize before a deep plunge into the sweeps insanity of November. The possibilities of some writing and project collaboration on the horizon are intriguing, and I should have more news on that in the weeks to come. Until then, I sneak in reading whenever possible.

Fiction

Nothing this month.

Non-Fiction

The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession by Chandler Burr – Such a bizarre and entrancing story of the scientific community’s refusal to entertain an outsider’s cross-disciplinary theory on scent. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in the perfume industry, the science of how we smell, or narratives about people with insatiable curiosity about the world.

Where Min Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer – This is an easy book to get obsessed with as Krakauer goes far deeper into Pat Tillman’s life than any superficial news article. Combining that biography with a history of Afghanistan’s development makes the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death even more suspect.

The Rich Employee by James Altucher – This was a light read from Altucher’s Choose Yourself series that ended up being more frustrating and tiresome than his past ones, which I found motivating and helpful. The repetition in his writing feels forced, as if he’s pushing himself to make too-soon book-publishing deadlines that don’t exist.

 

If you have any recommendations of books to read, either based on the books above, or on your own experience, please let me know.

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