What I Read, Watched, and Played in January

Here is some of the entertainment I enjoyed last month.

Books: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

It’s a sci-fi adventure. I was very interested in how it dealt with religion and gender.

“She was probably male, to judge from the angular mazelike patterns quilting her shirt. I wasn’t entirely certain. I wouldn’t have mattered, if I had been in Radch space. Radchaai don’t care much about gender, and the language they speak—my own first language—doesn’t mark gender in any way.”

I recommend Ancillary Justice to anyone who enjoys reading sci-fi.

Writing: I’m writing something I’m calling “The Rust Belt.” It’s a road-trip adventure about feeling lost.

TV Shows: I’m finishing the first season of Daredevil.

Video Games: Dark Souls 2 by FromSoftware

Dark Souls 2

For everyone who doesn’t play video games, Dark Souls 2 is infamous for its difficulty. But I believe the greater difficulty is balanced with greater satisfaction. Plus it’s great for making friends, “Oh, you played That Thing too!” Dark Souls 2 is a long game too. It supposedly takes less time to read The Lord of the Rings than beat Dark Souls 2.

Thanks for reading!


Reading More Books by Women

One year ago, I asked my friends to recommend novels written by women. This was prompted when I realized I had read one book by a woman in 2014. I don’t have a simple answer for why I was reading so few novels by women. Maybe that’s a topic for another post.

So I spent 2015 trying to read more books by women. I listened to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn with my wife. I don’t think listening to audiobooks is cheating, but you can call the reading police if you think so.

I use a nifty website called Goodreads to track what I’m reading and find new books. Most of what I read is genre fiction: fantasy and science fiction. I read 25 books during 2015, and six of them written by women. I’m glad I’ve made progress, but I’m not satisfied.

I wanted to highlight two of the books I really enjoyed:

This year, I’m excited to try Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. Do you have any recommendations for me? You can follow me on Goodreads if you want to see what I’m reading.

Thanks for reading.