Stacking The Shelves is a book tag hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.
This week I made use of the book vouchers that I got for my birthday.
We are celebrating the year of Joseph Conrad this year, as it’s his 160th birthday. In order to celebrate, I am trying to read all his books I haven’t read before. I’ve read two so far this year: Under Western Eyes (which was fantastic) and Chance (not his best). So unsurprisingly, there are two more books by Jospeh Conrad in this week’s book haul: Typhoon and Other Tales and Victory .
The covers are not particularly striking, but let’s not judge a book by it’s cover… Especially as the cover of Chance was lovely, and I wasn’t that keen on the content.
The third book is one that I have been planning to read for a very long time, ever since I saw it on Bill Gates’s recommended list: Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel. The author has won a Pulitzer prize, and the book is constantly referenced in many of the articles I’m reading.
I think it will be an interesting read, especially after Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens , which I finished reading last week. I hope it will have a slightly more factual basis than Sapiens… Though if it’s trying to summarize 13,000 years that may be a false hope.
I realise I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction of late, but I find it’s much easier to read non-fiction than fiction if you only have time to read in little snippets. A book that’ s too engrossing might make you forget all your other duties…
Have you read any of those books? What do you think of them?