June Reading

Well, June wasn’t as good a month as May was, but I am happy with my reading.

I only read one non-fiction book: Imagine Living in a Socialist USA edited by Frances Goldin, Debby Smith and Michael Steven Smith.  I had heard  Goldin and Michael Smith talking about it on Democracy Radio one Friday on my way home from work.  There were parts of it that seemed better to me than others, but I am glad I read it.  I had been especially eager to read the piece on prisons by Angela Davis and Mumia Abu-Jamal, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed in that section.  It was more academic than I was hoping it would be.  But as I have thought about it since reading it, I find I got more out of it than I had originally thought.

I also only read one novel in June,  It was The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and it was a great book.  Part SciFi and part detective story, it was thoroughly enjoyable.  I have not read anything else by Rusch, but I definitely plan to now.

Yes, you guessed it: only one anthology.  I read The Mike Murphy Files and Other Stories by Christopher Bunn.  They were good stories, very light and quick to read.

And not wanting to break my streak, I read one piece of short fiction: If I Were You by L. Ron Hubbard.   The title story was a little convoluted, and I had some trouble keeping it straight — but maybe I was just tired when I read it.  I felt the same way about the second story in the book, “The Last Drop”.

So I will be traveling again next week, and that may lead to a longer list next month.  Or it may not.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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