MyTBR#52 – One Year

The To Be Read Podcast is One Year Old! We hit episode 52, and looked both back and forward, talking about some of our favorite episodes, mentioning most of our great guests, and how doing the show has helped us be better readers this year. Thanks to everyone who listens, comments, and gives us recommendations. Here’s to many more years to come!

This week I blazed through Wesley’s Chu’s debut novel The Lives of Tao. It was a ton of fun! It’s a blend of thriller, spy story, secret alien civil war on earth, spy training story for an out of shape programmer who becomes the host for the alien Tao, who has lived here for millions of years, including past lives in some pretty interesting hosts. It’s at times funny, tense, and touching, and I especially loved the little historical reflections tying the Quasing (the aliens) to different points in human and world history, and how Tao related that to Roen, his host. Fun book, and I look forward to reading more in the series, and from Wesley Chu in general (he has a time travel book out this year too.)

At long last, I’m finished The History of the Book in 100 Books by Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad. Publishing changes into the 20th century were interesting, but I found their ending a little underwhelming… especially since as extreme physical book-lovers they were fairly disdainful of e-books as anything more than a small niche for the future. Not so sure about that.

And with my son we bounced around through a few graphic novels in the past week. Revisiting Asterix Omnibus Volume 1 by Goscinny and Uderzo, More Tintin volume 1 of Tintin, by Hergé, and Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace, adapted by Henry Gilroy and illustrated by Rodolfo Damaggio and comics legend Al Williamson.

Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.