This one's a little late due to the holidays. Despite the busy season, I managed to read six books. #nottooshabby
This is a tough one for me because I'm quite sure that Crosstalk's author, Connie Willis, is an incredibly talented writer. I truly appreciate that she tried something new and took some risks here. But this book made me carsick and I wasn't in a car when I read it. Crosstalk explores our society's hyperconnectedness problem and it's written in such a way that you are experiencing the same level of hyperconnectedness as the characters, who eventually are able to communicate telepathically. The entire book (over 500 pages) is frantic. It was like listening to someone who talks a mile a minute and doesn't pause for a breath. I'm sure there are some who loved it, but this one wasn't for me.
2. Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story
This was one of my 5-star reads this month. Oh, how I loved this book. This is the kind of book that can change the world. It was recommended to me by my workshop leader at Kripalu, Joan Borysenko, who knows Mark Matousek personally. I don't know how I hadn't heard of it before. It's major. A spiritual classic that I couldn't put down. Matousek has a book on how to write memoirs coming out in May and I can't wait. In the meantime, read this book.
3. The Three
This definitely falls into the weird category. The premise drew me in: four planes crash on the same day. One person survives each crash. Cool, right? It kept my attention and was a quick read, but I wasn't moved or satisfied with the ending. There was a lot of potential here but I didn't feel like the book lived up to it. But if you love weird books, you might still want to check it out.
4. Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
This is another recommendation born of my Kripalu retreat and workshop with Joan Borysenko. I'm still happily working my way through that reading list. I had a funny experience with Anam Cara. I read a few chapters and found it really beautiful and peaceful writing, but I didn't feel compelled to continue. I placed it on a bookshelf in my library and thought I was done with it. But about a week later, it kept popping into my head, asking to be finished. There is a great lesson here about learning to notice and flow with the energy of the universe. I believe that faith isn't about believing in something you can't see, but rather about noticing all of the things that aren't visible to the logical mind. This book harnesses that brilliant Celtic wisdom and makes you believe in the power of magic.
5. Black Moon
Obsessed. Completely obsessed. This is the third book in the Zodiac series. I loved the first two and this only deepened my obsession. I am basically now trying to build a Zodiac-themed room in my house so I can pretend to be Rho, the heroine of the series. Thirteen Rising, the final book, doesn't come out until August, so I'm just realizing now as I write this that my new life goal will be to score an advanced reader copy before then...if the stars align of course.
This probably seems like a fairly random read. I found this book because I searched for books similar to the Michael Crichton genre. It was basically absurd but also awesome. Just pure fun and totally engaging. If you're willing to suspend disbelief and you enjoy the techno-thriller genre, I think you'll love this book. I've got some more James Rollins books on order from the library so expect to see more of him in my reviews.
That's it for me this month. What was the best book you read in December?
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