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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday Saloning... Me? Like Non-fic? No way!

I don't hate non-fiction, but when I'm in the mood for comfort reads, the first thing I go to is definitely not non-fic. I typically pick up a sci fi/fantasy or YA read.

But I committed myself to reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond, and so far I've really been liking it. I'm already a third of the way through the book, and so far I've been really fascinated by his explanation of why various human societies progressed at different rates and the ultimate consequences.

I did manage to find time to cram in some good comfort reading too. I have been trying for several months to check out Thessaly: Witch for Hire from the library, but it seemed like it would always take too long to get to the pick up library, then I wouldn't get the email in time, and they'd send it back. Finally on Saturday, I got to check it out, and I loved it. A great Sandman spin-off.

Other than reading, I've been busy this weekend shopping, and hubby and I went to see District 9 yesterday. With the extremely hot weather we've had lately (in the 90's, and the kind of humidity where you practically have to drink the air, not breathe it), the air conditioning was nice. And the movie? Not quite what I expected, but a solid sci-fi thought-provoking action flick, with a level of intelligence sadly lacking from most of the other summer action block-busters.

How was your weekend?


samantha.1020 said...

I've been meaning to read Gun, Germs, and Steel for awhile now. I just haven't picked it up yet as I'm going to admit that it intimidates me a bit. I'm glad to hear that you are liking what you've read so far!

Melody said...

I rarely read non-fiction, but that's because I've so many fictions to read!! :P

I'm intrigued with Thessaly: Witch for Hire; it sounds like a book I'd enjoy! Love the cover too!

Trish said...

I definitely don't go crawling towards NF when I need a comfort read either, but I've learned recently that I really love memoirs. Something about peering into someone else's life...

Stephanie said...

I'm not a huge non-fic fan either. It's just not something that is easy reading to me. I've found some fantastic non-fic books, but it usually takes a lot for me to sit and actually read one!

Your comfort reads are the same as mine!

My brother said District 9 was perfect. I'm super-excited about seeing it!

Alice Teh said...

I categorise all books that not fiction into non-fiction and that includes all books on business, self-development, career development, etc. into that bucket. I love these books.

I recently grew to love fiction and has been collecting lots of them resulting in a mounting TBR pile.

mariel said...

I'm looking forward to District 9 when it comes out here. Haven't been to the cinema as much in the last few months but did see Moon recently and loved it!

Guns, Germs and Steel is best enjoyed slowly! And when it gets too much, switch to something lighter for a while. Works like a charm!

Kim L said...

samantha-it is a little intimidating, but really worth the effort!

melody-yeah, if you've read Willingham or Gaiman, you'll like this one for sure!

trish-that is true, I can whiz through a memoir if it is well-written.

stephanie-district 9 was indeed pretty awesome. Well worth your time!

alice-that is awesome that you just read those and enjoy them. I need a little more motivation!

mariel-I've been wanting to see Moon. Finally added it to Netflix queue since I don't think I'll have time to see it in the theatres.

Susan said...

Did you like the movie, though? I need to read Guns, Germs and Steel too, it's one I've been planning to get to soon.