Recent Reading – March/April

Ok, as promised I’m trying to read more. Here is the list for the last two months reading.

    1. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
    Well, as this is one of the most read (and often lied about being read) books I though I should take a look. A tour-de-force of writing skills that paints an amazing picture of a bleak future (for the time). A book that you must read but don’t expect sweetness and light. Starts off good, lulls a little in the middle and finishes with a strong surge. The last few pages left me a little wanting at the time but on reflection, they did exactly what they were supposed to do.

    2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    I started this with little expectation and despite the books simple message; successful people are the ones born with quite a bit of intelligence, work extremely hard and have some extraordinary breaks in life, I really liked this. Written well with a good if steady pace, another book I’d recommend.

    3.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland
    Well, this book has got a good reputation and without knowing anything about it I though I would pick it up based on that. For me, its slow to start and I admit that at times, I lost track of the various characters names as the story unfolded but the final third of the book had me hooked.

    4.The Undercover Scientist: Investigating the Mishaps of Everyday Life by Peter J. Bentley
    This book caught me by surprise. Another one that I had no idea about before I picked it up but it wasn’t what I expected. The book is written as a day in the life of an unfortunate person who has his unfair share of problems. Where the science comes in is in the explanation of what is actually going on in each of these scenes. A lot of the science behind this I already knew, but being in the science field already its to be expected. All in all an entertaining read in a format that makes you smile once in a while.

    5.Bell labs, the jewel in the crown by Narain Gehani
    I don’t like to criticize books too much so I’ll leave it at dry, dry, dry; avoid. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
    Now a 30 year old man and teenage vampire/werewolf romance saga’s don’t usually go together but I can honestly say I’m unashamed in liking every one of these books. I started the 4 four books wanting to know what all the hype was about, I didn’t manage to put them down until all four books were read, cover to cover. A great tale that appeals to all ages although I do feel I’m well in touch with my teenage girly side 😉 For the sceptical (like I was) read twilight and I dare you not to read the other 3 books (breaking dawn was my favorite BTW but probably because there’s more action in it than the others).

    10. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray
    Umm, ah, I .., ah shit, read it because the other half recommended I should read it. As always, she got it wrong 😉 Terribly obvious and utterly boring book. Before I get flogged by the feminists that say all men should read it, I did read it, assimilated the contents, rolled over and farted after drinking a beer. OK (it was entertaining at times though I admit).


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