Reading Log

It’s tough finding time to read much these days — being a dad to two young kids is no joke — but when I do make my way through a book, I like to jot down a few notes about it here.

Tuesdays with MorrieTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, 1997
Robert finished reading this book on April 9, 2018.
192 pages

Not what I expected at all. I was on vacation without reading material and picked this up thinking it was something else. I wouldn't have made it through the entire thing if it weren't so short, or if I weren't so stubborn. Don't get me wrong, Morrie sounds like he was a great guy, but there was no real wisdom passed along here, nor a good story. It was just cheesy feel-good inspirational fluff for 180 or so pages. Note: I was in the middle of another book left at home when I started this one, so the pages per day count from this log has been removed.
Ninety Percent of EverythingNinety Percent of Everything by Rose George, 2013
Robert finished reading this book on March 6, 2018.
304 pages, 19 days, 16.0 pages per day

Interesting topic, well written. A good mix of first-person storytelling and researched reporting.
The NixThe Nix by Nathan Hill, 2016
Robert finished reading this book on February 15, 2018.
732 pages, 70 days, 10.5 pages per day

I hadn't been reading much (at all) until a couple weeks ago. Once I finally picked this book up, it went very quickly. The story was entertaining and the commentary on current affairs compared to a past generation's was well done.
10:0410:04 by Ben Lerner, 2014
Robert finished reading this book on December 7, 2017.
244 pages, 41 days, 6.0 pages per day

Okay, not great. I never really got into it, but had a bunch of time to read this week being sick.
The OdysseyThe Odyssey by Homer, 800 B.C.
Robert finished reading this book on October 28, 2017.
480 pages, 99 days, 4.8 pages per day

This has always been one of my favorites. We were debating boys' names and Odysseus was a front-runner, so I wanted to go back and re-read the story of his journey home. Of course, we ended up having a beautiful baby girl and didn't use the name. (And, as a parent of two, I've had trouble finding any time to read, so it took me forever to finish this one.)