Beginning this month, I challenged myself to read at least 5 books every month.

Here are my 5 for this month:

Walden by H.D. Thoreau

I had read Walden a few years ago, but at that time I was distracted by a new life in a new country, so I didn’t really get much out of it. Reading it a second time, its wisdom made more of an impact on me. Thoreau does come off as somewhat preachy at times, and the book could be more concise, but you can’t deny the philosophical allure of it. I challenge anyone to read this book and not finish it with a desire to give up everything and move into a simple house in the country.

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

After reading Walden, Vonnegut’s blunt prose came as a rejuvenating breath of fresh air. The book starts off great. I hadn’t laughed out loud while reading in a long time. As Vonnegut’s unique style, however, starts to lose its novelty, the book  also loses some of its power. It remains, though, a fun and interesting read.

Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

A cool book with great characters. It can be a little heavy at times, though.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I had read a lot of good things about this series – A Song of Ice and Fire, so I picked up the first book. If there is such a category as written-fantasy geek-soap opera then this is it. It’s all about betrayal and murder and who’s sleeping with who; but, it’s fantastic fun.

Zeroville by Steve Erickson

There’s been some buzz about this book recently because James Franco is apparently going to turn it into a movie. If that’s the case, then it definitely seems like a story to be directed by David Fincher. If you’re into movies and surrealism slash existentialism, then you should probably read this book.

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