On my way home from work today I finished a book! Woo hoo! The book is The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. I need to digest a bit before writing about it, but I really liked it. My next up commute read is Pacific Edge. This is the final book in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias series imagining three different futures for the state. The first two were pretty grim. This one is an eco-utopia where the roads belong to bicycles. Given everything going on with the new president at the moment, I really need an eco-utopian future vision even if I know realistically we are moving ever closer to disaster.

Speaking of disaster, I have a review book that a publisher offered me called Disaster Capitalism by Antony Loewenstein. It’s about how disasters have become big business opportunities and the ways that we can push back against it. I also have a review copy of a new book about Rumi, a biography of sorts. I can’t for the life of me remember the title and I have cats draped across my legs at the moment so I can’t get up to go in the other room to look. Well I could get up, but those of you who share your lives with animals understand why I don’t. I have begun reading it and so far like it very much. I’ll be sure to let you know the title of it soon!

I am about ten pages away from finishing The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy. This book has been a mixed pleasure. I will definitely explain more about that soon. I am also kind of almost getting close to finishing The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. This book has been unabashedly excellent and I want to read more about trees! And I am also close to finishing Building Stories by Chris Ware, a very interesting collection of stories in graphic format.

I am about a quarter of the way through Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada. It is due back to the library early next week so I have to hit the gas pedal on it. I am not sure how I feel about it yet other than to say, it’s interesting. Not only do I have to rush through it though because of a due date, but I also just got Human Acts by Kang Han from the library. I know to expect a disturbing book, but I am greatly looking forward to it.

In addition I am still reading Elena Ferrante’s Story of a New Name and Cultivating an Ecological Conscience by Frederick Kirschenmann. Oh and A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt. There’s poetry too, Alice Notley’s Certain Magical Acts which is full of myth and protest.

And I won’t even tell you how many books I have piled up and waiting in the wings! I need a vacation so I can read, read, read! Or I need a winning lottery ticket. Since there is no vacation time planned until April and I am not likely to have a winning ticket any time soon, not least of all because I don’t buy tickets to begin with, I guess I will have to continue to squeeze all my reading in as I can.