Books I’ve been reading (and recommendations)

I know I’m a little (very) late to this party, but The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World is fully mind-blowing. The introduction alone put new, exciting thoughts in my head that I’ve been mulling over ever since and that have made me look at plants in a whole new way (and I already looked at them in a lot of wonder). Michael Pollan is definitely a genius; can’t recommend this enough. If you haven’t read this yet you have no idea how badly you need to know all this stuff about apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes.

Swamplandia! is a tale of three homeschooled, alligator-wrestling kids growing up on an island in the Everglades. It’s a bit creepy and dark but just enough to be fun and keep it page-turning, it’s also exceedingly well-written and very visual. You feel like you’re there in the swamp with the alligators and birds and thunderstorms, but the best part might be the depiction of the soul-sucking plastic ‘mainland’: you very much never want to find yourself there, until you realize that you already live there. A totally fun swamp-water-drenched bedtime almost-ghost story.

My new second favorite Tom Robbins novel (after Jitterbug Perfume, of course). Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates is a corruptingly naughty and utterly delightful romp from Fisherman’s Wharf to the jungles of South America to an incongruous nunnery in Syria, undertaken by a man in a wheelchair due to a curse put on him by a shaman with a triangle-shaped head. Hilarious and, of course, fantastically well written.

So those links are all affiliate links for Amazon (because figuring out new blogging things and projects!), but I have one more reading recommendation which is to buy these and other books from a completely different book website: AbeBooks. This website has used copies of books even more easily and cheaply than Amazon and it links directly to hundreds of independent booksellers. Just about any paperback is $3.65 with free shipping, which is almost the same as not paying for a book at all.

My new favorite thing to do (and not just because I’m a shut in at the moment) is to keep a list of books I’m interested in or that people have recommended in the notes on my phone, and when I have five or so I’ll order a stack from AbeBooks for about twenty bucks. They don’t arrive quickly but that’s part of the fun: they slowly filter into my house one at a time where I can pile them up or read them as they arrive. It’s like curated used bookstore browsing.

 

One thought on “Books I’ve been reading (and recommendations)

  1. People of zee world relax! Such a bizarre book.! I remember getting to the chapter where he says Silence is a mirror. It put me on pause for days…

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