Monthly Archives: May 2010

some of what’s been read recently

Big Machine, Victor LaValle

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barberry

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle

Linchpin, Seth Godin

Maybe I will manage a proper entry on at least some of those. The Talent Code was fascinating. I read it over a long period of time, but I really enjoyed it. The basic idea is that most “talent” is based on repetitive, hard work. That may seem obvious, but it was an interesting read with anecdotal discussion of musicians and athletes and their teachers and coaches. I loved it. I did not love The Elegance of the Hedgehog. A friend recommended it highly. It is one of the only books I can remember her passing on. So it turned into this weird thing with me not enjoying it and not wanting to read it, but feeling like I needed to enjoy it and waiting for it’s beauty to kick in. My friend never wanted it to end, and savored every word. I couldn’t wait for it to end. I found it silly and condescending. I am curious about what others think. Anyone read it? More on the others later.

What’s being read now

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Wells Tower

Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin

Chi Running, Danny Dreyer

The Places in Between, Rory Stewart

What’s arriving soon

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (I had convinced myself I would get an iPad first and read it on there because the book is just so big, but, really, Victoria? Silly.)