What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment

"A thirteen-year-old is a kaleidoscope of different personalities, if not in most ways a mere figment of her own imagination. At that age, what and who you are depends largely on what book you happen to be reading at the moment.”

 

While not 13 anymore, the desire to read almost anything and everything in order to read for fun and for experience is still around. I'm currently working on my PhD in a physical science, but I love to read and books are one of my non-science hobbies.

Casino Royale (James Bond) - Ian Fleming Casino Royale, the first Bond novel, shapes up to show Bond as an emotional, amateur, and often overconfident spy. While fans of the later novels and film adaptations might take issue with this, Fleming is able to show Bond as a rookie without himself coming off as amateurish. The Royale, Felix Leiter, and the Bond girl are all present and take action in one of the better plotted Bond adventures. Of course Bond's interactions with women are problematic and he's not the best man, let alone the best spy (yet). However, Casino Royale captures a sense of the rawer, darker Bond when he was more of a reaction to a stylized version of the espionage game instead of a stylized version of himself. While From Russia with Love is a less brash plot and premise than Casino Royale, Casino Royale manages to hold up even without considering its place in James Bond history. (On a more personal note, this novel had the distinction of being the last novel I was required to read in my undergraduate career.)

Currently reading

Native Son
Richard Wright
The Great Glass Sea
Josh Weil
The Elder Edda
Anonymous, Andrew Orchard