Books I’ve Read Recently and Have Yet To Read

I’ve been on quite the reading spree lately and managed to finish two books. Democracy in America has taken me over a year to finish, but it’s finally done. It was an incredibly dry book with maybe five diamonds in it that really made reading it worthwhile. I’ll probably make a post about it later, but suffice it to say, I finished it. I also managed to finish Profiles in Courage this weekend while on my flight back home and have to say it was an interesting book and fairly good.

The problem I have now though, is I have a bunch of books to read, but no idea what I want to pick up next. Any of these sound good to anyone?

  1. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
  2. The Last Lecture
  3. Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human
  4. Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Expose of the Dark Side of American Policing
  5. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  6. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4)
  7. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  8. The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
  9. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
  10. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
  11. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

I didn’t realize my book Queue is so large :(. So not enough time to read them all. At least I have more time now that I’m not crunching ridiculous hours at work anymore!

I should make a list next of all of the video games I still need to play/beat so I can start working on those too!

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

A while back I saw the author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ on The Daily Show and he seemed incredibly interesting. His passion for the subject was easily discernible and it was about something I had interest, but no knowledge. For a couple of years now Iran (pronounced ear-ran) is always mentioned as being this evil place where if they got nuclear power we’d all be dead within the week. I don’t like to just listen to rhetoric from the government and so picked this book up at Barnes and Noble when I went there the next time. I read it over Christmas break and was absolutely fascinated with it.

It’s a mixture of history, a retelling of his trips to see people (both important and not) in Iran, and a description of the culture and ideologies of Iranians. It’s very, very easy to read so at no time did I feel like I was being bored by anything he was talking about. I highly, highly recommend this book, especially if you want to learn more about Iran as a country and Iranians as a people. The best part about it is he’s lived in both cultures extensively (to the point where he has no accent in either Enligh or Farsi) and so can relate extremely well. He’s able to give examples and does not excuse poor Iranian views or poor American views. I feel like he does a great job of staying impartial and telling both sides of the story. I wish I had written this a month ago because I could have given more exciting examples of this book, but I don’t feel like I can do an adequate job of that anymore. You’re just going to have to trust me, it was really good!

Here’s a youtube video of the author describing his book in case you are at all interested.

Edit: Lauren caught an error (I said it was pronounced eye-ran when in fact that’s the most offensive way to pronounce it), and I’ve fixed it. I guess that just goes to show how dumb I am sometimes :(.