Rapt's one of the better books I've read recently, touching on attention's role in personal happiness, morality, creativity, and personal relationships. I picked it up because of my interests in psychology, but found it more interesting from a mindfulness point of view.
Edith Hamilton's Roman Way is her sequel to The Greek Way, and I read it to follow up on Caesar and Christ. Hamilton's a writer from the old school, but Roman devotees will enjoy her attempt to find the Roman character via Rome's plays, letters, and histories.
I also followed up on a recommendation from a friend and read The Good Guy. The opening plot -- a man who is mistaken for a hitman by a murder contractor, and then mistaken for the contractor by the hitman -- seemed interesting enough, but Koontz tells the story in chapters that alternate between the Good Guy and the hitman. The hitman is a sociopath, and being in his head creeped me out.
On a whim I also picked up The Worlds of DS9 volume 2 to touch base with the DS9 Relaunch. Years ago I thought the book unreadable, but I clipped through it in a couple of days. The book contains two novellas, one set on Trill and the other on Bajor. Trill's plot was most interesting, being a political/crime mystery that gives Ezri room to become her own character. Bajor''s novella was interesting, but mostly sets the stage for further novels.
I had intended to combine the weekly recap with selected passages from the books, but I...forgot to write any down before I turned the books to the library. I've been losing interest in the weekly recaps as of late, and would be interested in knowing if anyone finds them of any use -- I now only look forward to the recap post for the quotations and introduction of next week's list, myself.
Potential Reads for Next Week:
- The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World. I've been gazing at this book hungrily all week, picking it up and putting it back down again because I know it will be magnificent, so much so that I don't want to spoil the anticipation by actually reading the book. It's a bit like wishing I could have my cake and eat it, too.
- I'm finally going to finish The Good that Men Do by Martin and Mangels. The poor book has been twice preempted by other book series, but I'm a hundred pages away from finishing it. Even if a stranger knocks on my door and says, "Hello. Would you like this box of Trek Relaunch novels, none of which you have read?" I'm going to finish it.
- A teacher of mine mentioned that she's reading Charles' Portis True Grit, a novel that inspired the John Wayne movie of the same name. I started reading it in the library, and it appears to have some of the film's more memorable scenes included.
- Finally getting around to The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles. Should be a doozy, if it's anything like Iles' previous work.
- The War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells is a "classic" that I'm revisiting: I don't think I've ever read the actual work, just abridged versions for kids.
- The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley, which explores the effects of Teddy Roosevelt's "Cruise of the Great White Fleet" and its impact on foreign relations....especially with Japan.
- I may extend my recess from the Story of Civilization for a week more, and I may try to read a chapter or two from The Age of Faith.