January Wrap-Up: The TBR that wasn’t

So here’s the TBR I planned at the beginning of January:

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I ended up reading 3 of the 6

 

And here’s what I actually read:

Hex by Thomas Old Heuvelt – A 21st century twist on witches, hauntings, and our propensity to punish scapegoats for collective sins.

The Elementals by Michael McDowell – A little Southern Gothic gem with a memorable cast of characters and a house full of bad intentions.

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge – Putting faces on statistics makes it a little more uncomfortable to rationalize our right to buy guns at will.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil – A terrible “adaptation” of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Not even fun from a “dumb teens dying in a slasher flick” sort of way.

Summit by Harry Farthing – Nazis and mountains, a surprisingly engagin story, even if the audiobook is read by the author.

Columbine by Dave Cullen – The specter of the Columbine shooting hovers with every new mass shooting reported. America has a problem with guns.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – This book about the political battlefield of the playground contains some heavy themes about abuse and rape.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – Things in your life may not always be your fault, but they are certainly your responsibility.

The Delusion of Gender by Cordelia Fine – Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and there’s nothing that can be done about, because it’s genetics, right? Hold on. There has been a general attitude of confidence in the results of neuroscience, which on the surface appears to support a fundamental difference between male and female brains that make men good at engineering and women good at empathy (if that’s true, why does every woman’s magazine promote articles titled “What He’s Really Thinking” They should just name the magazine “Your Man’s Brain” and get it over with.) But the author delves below this superficial surface to parse out the actual science, which is flimsier than presented.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – Instead of asking what value the world has to offer you, ask what value you have to offer the world. A fascinating premise: “follow your passion” is bad advice.

Fungi from Yuggoth by H.P. Lovecraft – Lovecraft tries to be Poe and writes a lot of soppy poems in his early years, including “Old Christmas” which is several pages long and unreadable. “Psychopompos” and “Fungi From Yuggoth” are much more Lovecraftian in style, and probably he should just stick to prose.

By the Numbers:

Number of books: 11 (surpassed my goal of 10)
Audiobooks: 4
Non-Fiction: 5
Fiction: 6
Favorite NF: Columbine by Dave Cullen
Favorite Fiction: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Next Up: February TBR

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