No, I haven’t died. I haven’t suffered any horrible tragedies either. But when you combine a busy social calendar with a mentally taxing workday frequently the last thing I wanna do is blog. This of course breaks my heart because over the better part of a decade I’ve thoroughly enjoyed blogging about books. Fortunately for me, I’ve picked up a number of new readers of late, especially in my local area. That means I feel I’m letting them down by not blogging. So, it for them, and any of my other readers that I’m dragging myself over to the laptop in hopes of resurrecting Maphead’s Book Blog!
In hopes of getting the creative juices flowing again, I’ve decided to do another one of those massive catch-up/preview posts like I did at the end of August. For one, it’ll show you no matter how busy and tired I’ve been over the last several months I’ve still been reading. As you can see below I’ve been reading some pretty decent stuff. Two, I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’ll inspire me enough to finally blog about these books and in the end break me out of this blogging slump.
- Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder – I’m a sucker for books about the old Soviet Bloc. Funder’s book did not disappoint me.
- Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization by Paul Kriwaczek – Read this one for my book club. Not easy to make ancient history readable and interesting. Kriwaczek pulled it off.
- The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond – Another one we read for my book club. Overall, a good book but could have been edited down to half its length.
- Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny LeCouteur and Jay Burreson – Yet one more from my book club. If you enjoyed Sam Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon then you’ll probably like this one.
- The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D.T. Max – This one had been on my to be read list for a decade before I finally got around to reading it. Imagine being unable to sleep at all for not nights but years. Trust me, such a rare inherited disease is horrific.
- The Pope’s Bookbinder: A Memoir by David Mason – In spite of the book’s deceptive title I enjoyed Mason’s memoir of life in the antiquarian book world.
- The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld – Had I remembered Amy Chua was author of the controversial book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother I might have passed on this book. Fortunately for me, my ignorance paid off. The Triple Package gave me a lot to think about.
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson – Whenever a bartender recommends a book always pay attention. Once again, Larson delivers the goods. So did my bartender for recommending this one.
- The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land-A True Detective Story by Patrick Bishop – Why do some books take forever to read? It’s a crime it took me so long to read Bishop’s book because on the whole it’s pretty darn good.