Reading matter(s) of the month: May, 2016

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It’s time for the wrap-up of the month! And it was a good month, as reading matters go. We are at the 22nd week of 2016 and I’ve finished reading 4 books: 2 non-fiction and 2 fiction. So here goes my list:

The “Read” list of May, 2016:


  1. Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold: science fiction novel of the 80’s and part of a long saga. There are 30 novels and short stories in this universe. I liked it.
  2. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker: in this new book Joshua Becker tells the story of his journey embracing minimalism and share learnings. It was nice to know how minimalism works with a family of four. It gives another perspective, away from “young, single, traveler” minimalist guys.
  3. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam: it tries to be a guide on how to use more effectively our available 168 hours in a week. But the author’s suggestions didn’t resonate with my personal life style. She gives too much emphasis on wealthy married women with children.
  4. The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, #1) by K.J. Charles: this was one of those quick and fun reads: a truly guilty pleasure. It was a pick from the “Vaginal Fantasy” book club and it the kind of romance I would never choose if I wasn’t a member of the club. That’s one cool thing about book clubs: we are exposed to new and interesting books.

The “To-Read” pile of May, 2016:


  1. Rhapsody: Child of Blood (Symphony of Ages, #1) by Elizabeth Haydon: I read a review and followed a recommendation someone tweeted. Then I saw it was on sale on Amazon. Since I love high fantasy the book cover simply told me: “read me!”. And so I bought it.
  2. How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil: I like to read about futurism and new possibilities and this author is visionary.
  3. Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny: another title added to my feminism theme list. This appears to be a very fresh and modern look on women empowerment, masculinity, sexual violence and the Internet.
  4. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins: this book was mentioned in a Podcast I listened recently and I don’t know how I haven’t read it yet. It is a criticism of religion and discusses how we humans created delusions to believe in gods.

The “I am still reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of May, 2016:

  1. Les Catilinaires by Amélie Nothomb: this is becoming embarrassing… I actually didn’t dedicate any time this month to read French literature. But this book still rests on my Kindle and I’ll give it more attention in June.

Final Stats:

So that wraps-up this month. I read a total of 984 pages divided into 4 short books. The average book length was 246 pages. So, yeah, that’s short. My goal for June is to read at least 3 books.

And what is next?

I have a plan! For the first time this year (yay!) I’ve already decided the books I intend to read next. The criteria: these books are currently on my Kindle (I’ve already purchased them). They are:

  1. The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner
  2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Contact by Carl Sagan
  4. Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

See you next month! Happy reading!

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Nerdy. Minimalist in progress, swimmer, skeptic. I love reading so I don't leave without my Kindle.

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