The books I read in 2018: the good, the best, and the rest

This year I continued my exploration of the literary. I read 34 books, the same as last year (missing my goal of 40 by a fair amount) and only two of those could be called genre. Of those 34, most were brilliant, some extremely so, and very few were bland or uninteresting. I don't think …

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A clear idea of right and wrong

I've been listening to Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy, my first Tolstoy, and am enjoying the lack of moral relativism. It's somehow refreshing to have a narrator with a clear opinion of what is evil and what is good, and a character who also knows this and is trying to be good. All the shades of …

Book clubs: how do you do it?

I can't time my desire to read a book. It's almost like the books I pick decide for me to read them. So the couple times I've tried to join a book club, I've always ended up reading something else than what I'm supposed to. I like the idea of having a discussion with people …