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Category: Books

Reviews of books I’ve recently read, ideas that I’ve pulled from books, and memories of good literature.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I first read A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket in high school.

I had an amazing AP English teacher, Ms. Snow. The older I get, the more I realize how incredible all my teachers were at my small high school.

Ms. Snow had come across the book series while listening to NPR. Although we were reading difficult works for AP English, she said I should take a detour and read a couple of these. She appreciate the wordplay and the writing style. Continue reading

Borges’ Labyrinths

My love for Jorge Luis Borges knows no end. I’ve been slowly digesting his works one by one over the last year and I’m continually fascinated by each short story.

I wrote previously about Borges’ obsession with mirrors and the infinite. This time, after recently reading The Aleph, I’d like to call attention specifically to his love of labyrinths.

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The Trial

I like to think of myself as a someone who can appreciate good literature.

Kafka is proof, that even though I like to think of myself as an intellectual, I’m not.

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Chaim Potok’s The Chosen

The Chosen and it’s sequel The Promise by Chaim Potok have taken a rare place on my bookshelf.

I have a place for beautifully written and engaging fiction on my bookshelf. I also have a place on my bookshelf for religious books and sacred things. The Chosen and The Promise fall somewhere in between.

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Borges’ Mirrors

“Mirrors and copulation are abominable, since they both multiply the numbers of men…”

-Jorge Luis Borges, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

I thought that would be a nice introduction to Jorge Luis Borges. My sister Karina told me years ago that I should read Borges’ Collected Fictions. The book holds about 7 of his different books of short stories. For those of you that follow me on Goodreads, you better bet I’m counting them all as separate books for my 30 books by the end of they year challenge.

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The Sabbath

This has been by far the most important book I’ve read this year.

I was assigned to teach a lesson at church about the Sabbath, or the religious practice of making one day a week sacred. I was given this great talk “The Sabbath Is A Delight” by LDS Apostle Russell M. Nelson.

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1984

I don’t know how I put off reading George Orwell’s 1984 for so long.

Post-apocalyptic future?

Check.

Classic novel heavily referenced throughout pop culture?

Check.

Used as an example throughout one of my favorite books Amusing Ourselves To Death?

Check.

Used as the basis for Apple’s 1984 Super Bowl ad that revolutionized Super Bowl advertising and become one of the most influential ads of all time?

Wow. Check. What’s your problem Garrett?

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Code Name Verity

Rach got the book Code Name Verity for Christmas from my sister. She picked it up shortly after and couldn’t put it down.

Usually, I wait for Racheal to tell me if the book is worth reading. But when she started bawling next to me while reading it, I added it to my list.

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