I've been doing a lot of reading lately, so it's time for a report:
Everything Matters by Ron Currie Jr.
There's nothing much I can say about this book to do it justice. I will say this: Best book I've read this year, probably one of the best books I've read in a long time. If you haven't read it yet, quit reading this and go buy it now.
The Cold Kiss by John Rector
I always dread when I have to read a friend's book. What if it sucks? What if it's just okay? Do you just say nothing or lie about it? I still haven't figured that one out, but luckily, I don't have to worry about it with John Rector's debut. It's a hell of a first novel. I loved the setting, the characters, the impending sense of doom, the growing claustrophobia as you read. Most of all, I loved the writing--smooth, polished, and stylish. Check it out if you like thrillers or noir.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This National Book Award winner tells the story of a kid who grows up on a reservation and decides to attend the "white" high school in order to better himself. This doesn't go over so well with his best friend and some of the other kids on the reservation. He becomes torn between loyalty to his community and loyalty to himself. A fast-paced, insightful, and often hilarious read about an important topic. I liked it a lot.
Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
Okay, this is not a book I would normally pick up, but it was assigned to me for a class. I was surprised that I kind of liked it. Well-written and has a few surprises, but definitely a little too romantic for my tastes.
My Abandonment by Peter Rock
Yeah, this one was exceptional. About a girl who lives in a forest with her father. They live on the fringes of society and they like it. It's a sad and strangely uplifting book. Highly recommended. I'll be picking up some of Rock's other books.
And on a semi-related note, I recently found out I'm getting a Kindle! Thanks Linda and Eugene!