In 2018, Gayleen posted a weekly reading list blog as part of her book-a-week challenge. Gayleen is reading in 2019. Clicking the links takes you away from this site to more information on Goodreads or other related sites.
Steve Jobs– Walter Issacson – It is fascinating (and long!). Jobs faced a very public loss when he was fired from Macintosh at only 30 years old. He used that situation to explore his interests elsewhere, finding success in Pixar, and eventually back at Macintosh. He also experienced a very public health decline through many years of cancer while continuing to steer the emergence of the iPod, iPhone and iPad. To the world, he will always be an innovator and, to many, a genius. His famous commencement speech at Stanford in 2005 is seen as a life lesson for the ages.
The Diplomat’s Daughter– Karen Tanabe – another historical novel from the second world war with characters and settings that weave American, German, Japanese and Chinese experiences together.
StarlightRichard Wagamese – his great writing continues in this last book. The author died before it was complete. I am such a fan and it is devastating to know we won’t have any more books from Richard Wagamese.
The Woo-Woo Lindsay Wong – non fiction and a strangely humorous book on mental illness.
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – a classic written in the 1950s that depicts a (then) future where books are banned, exploring the deep emotional impact books have and the bland artificiality of a society kept from reading. No thank you. It is fascinating to read about Bradbury’s ideas about future technology, too. That gets a wow.
Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman – one of those books with a young character that definitely doesn’t seem like a child’s book, definitely about unworldly things.