Every month I give a little glimpse here on my web site into books I’ve read or plan on reading via a picture from my nightstand. Lately it’s more like a glimpse at my library than my nightstand, since I’m mostly talking about books I’ve read in the past, but these are at least books I hope to re-read some day, so that counts, right? Ah, there are so many wonderful books out there. I wish I was a faster and more dedicated reader because I’ll never get to all of them. If you think about how many books there are in just the English language it boggles the brain matter. Imagine if we counted books from other languages too. I think my poor little nightstand just groaned as I typed this.
But never fear, we just have two books this month, a couple of older ones (relatively speaking). The first book, Canticle for Leibowitz, is probably the best post-apocalyptic story I have ever read. It takes place in three different periods of history, each one after a different “apocalypse” in an imagined future. It is a bleak, grim tale, but the cultures and world are so distinct and fascinating that it makes you want to keep reading, hoping that somehow humanity will find a way to turn things around. Even though the Chronotrace Series is also dystopian, this book is nothing like it. The technology is much more primitive and there is no overarching threat. Think Mad Max, but with catholic priests. It’s definitely a unique tale.
The other book, All the Weyers of Pern, is sort of a blend of science fiction and fantasy. There’s no magic, but there is telepathy and, um, yeah, dragons, so it’s got to be fantasy, right? To be honest I read this one so long ago that I don’t remember much about it. The Pern series is quite well known so you may have heard of it or even read some of the series yourself. I like the special bond the dragons have with their riders and just the whole mystery of the Thread which is attacking the planet. I should definitely revisit this series at some point because I’m sure I’ve forgotten a whole lot more than I remember.
And finally, I don’t know if it showed up very well in the photo, but that’s my book light there as well. Some friends gave it to me recently and I really love it. I must have gone through twenty book marks in my life and I don’t think I’ve ever had a better one than this one. It’s simple and just doesn’t fall out of the book and does its job. Essential gear for the serious book reader so I thought I’d just throw that in the photo at no extra charge.
Hope you get to read a great book today!