Each month we round up the best things we have read. April was pretty alright. Jeff got a job and we were able to secure a new apartment! We moved in early May. Then we spent the rest of the month getting the apartment together, officiating a wedding and traveling with friends. Rachel was promoted and began a new position as a marketing coordinator.
- I figured out that this luxury villa on Koh Lanta would be reasonably priced in the low season if I can convince 4 other people to come, too. Who wants to go?
- From Mental Floss: How 8 famous cheese got their names
- These 7 days are facts of long-term traveling life (Waegook Tom)
- More harsh truths about long-term travel (Traveling 9 to 5)
- Stop whatever you’re doing and look at these pictures of a baby and a dog.
- An illustrated history of yurts by Candace Rose Rardon.
Books – I read 7 books in April, and 7 books in May (these are listed most to least recent).
- Blankets by Craig Thompson – A lovely graphic novel and siblings and first love. Quick to read and pretty great.
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth – The third and last book in the Divergent series. I had some issues with it. There’s a scene where Tris goes “you shouldn’t know that name!” after someone calls her Tris (it’s her, uh, not-at-all-secret-or-exclusive nickname). The problem is, on the previous page she introduces herself… as Tris. Basically not good.
- Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog – Interesting but not coherent. Some cool facts in there though.
- The Selection by Kiera Cass – This is like the Hunger Games, if the Hunger Games was about people competing to become a princess rather than kids killing each other. Not that the girls competing aren’t mean… so far not very ruthless though. I’ll probably read the rest of the trilogy just because it wasn’t bad and I wanted to know what happens.
- The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty – I really liked this urban fantasy! It’s different and quirky. Delightful!
- Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase – Sexy, and nicely emotionally mature romance novel.
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – Also really liked this one. It’s about two guys trying to set a new Guinness Book of Records record for longest kiss. But, strangely, it’s narrated by dead people. I thought it was weird and pretentious at first but ended up liking it.
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – A young adult coming-of-age novel about a girl – the daughter of a prostitute – who wants nothing more than to get out of New Orleans. Quite a simple plot but very enjoyable.
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – A novel about the Dominican Republic under Trujillo and how that time had far-reaching implications for future generations of Dominicans. Written in an unusual voice. Compelling. Though at some point I really got enough of the “Trujillo is Sauron” references.
- The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesey – This novel’s narrative spans four people’s lives, and it’s all rather depressing. Not bad, but not a fun read by any means.
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo –This one’s also a bit of a downer but it’s really fascinating. It’s nonfiction about life in a large Mumbai slum.
- Wool by Hugh Howey – Sci-fi about post-apocalyptic people living in a silo. Anything more would be giving too much away. Worth a read!
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – A novella about a kid who sees a monster in his room one night. Tragic but well done.
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – Have you seen the blog of this name? A lot of the chapters are from the blog, but there is new content too. As always, entertaining.
- Training dogs to smell cancer
- No one likes southern Italy
- Restaurants that investigate their customers
- New York Etiquette
Books – We’ve been so busy these two months, I don’t know how Rachel got so much reading in! I read 5 books these months.
- The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty – This is a really entertaining urban fantasy novel with a guidebook theme. Recommended!
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – I thought the content of this blog was hilarious when I read it on the blog a few years ago. This time I interpreted it as much more literally true and therefore much more depressing.
- A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan – This giant 1000+ page tome finally finished off the Wheel of Time series. Sanderson really did a great job with it. If you haven’t read the series, I don’t think it’s worth it.
- Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach – This book is basically an journalistic attempt to answer all the gross questions that a five year old would ask about space travel. All in all, not my favorite Roach book.
- Run by Ann Patchett – I loved this book. The depiction of family dynamics just seemed so genuine to me. It was touching and beautiful. Highly recommended.
What did you read this month?