All book blurbs are from Goodreads.
This month I selected two books from the Book of the Month club.
Chemistry by Weike Wang (2017). I’m not quite sure what drew me to this one, but I guess I’ll find out when I read it.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris (2017). Ok, I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know who David Sedaris is. All I know about him is he’s supposedly very funny. I was drawn to this 500+ page behemoth because of its curious format: a diary.
Now for my Amazon finds.
In the Kingdom of the Sick by Laurie Edwards (2013). I have a bit of an interest in the social aspects of chronic illness, so I decided to check this one out.
Miraculous Healing: Why Does God Heal Some and Not Others? by Henry Frost (1931). I got turned on to this rather old book by a book I recently read by Joni Eareckson Tada.
So Close to Death Yet So Far Away: POTS by Derek C. Evans (2017). Since there is a paucity of books out there about POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), which I suffer from, I figured I should check this one out.
Through the Shadowlands by Julie Rehmeyer (2017). This book is subtitled, “A Science Writer’s Odyssey Into An Illness Science Doesn’t Understand.” It’s specifically referring to ME/CFS, which I don’t know a whole lot about.
The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering by Vaneetha Rendall Risner (2016). Can you tell I’m seeking for the meaning of my suffering lately?
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis (1940). I feel as though I can’t go through these trials without reading this book.
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis (1961). Another look at grief and suffering by a master wordsmith.
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard by Kara Tippetts (2014). I’m still searching for help in understanding how to draw myself back to God in the midst of suffering.
That’s the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of the English Language by Matthew Engels (2017). I love me some good etymology! And I think American English is a fine language, thank you very much!
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (1997). I figured it was time to venture into some thrilling fiction for a change! The underworld of London sounds like a wonderful place to start.
The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs (2017). I’m a sucker for medical memoirs. Although I wish they weren’t all about breast cancer. Because they all end the same way.
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Keith Gessen (1997). It won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature. I’ve already read it and…there aren’t adequate words to describe the emotions one feels while reading this.
Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster by Andrew Leatherbarrow (2016). A book with more up-to-date and accurate evidence than contained in previous books about Chernobyl in light of the 30th anniversary of the disaster.
The Truth About Chernobyl by Grigori Medvedev, translated by Evelyn Rossiter (1991). Subtitled “An Exciting Minute-By-Minute Account By A Leading Soviet Nuclear Physicist of the World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster and Coverup.” I already know that some of the information in this book has been debunked, but it’s still a highly recommended read for those interested in the disaster.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore (2017). I’d had my eye on this one for months, but given my recent interest in radioactivity, I figured it was time to get it.
Uhh…oops. 17 books this month? WAY over my quota. I must behave myself in July.
Has anyone read any of these books? What did you think?