Progress Report: Read More

New to the List:

  • The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord

My reading progress has slowed dramatically the last few weeks. In the last month I have had to deal with a lot of stressful situations, including starting graduate school, so reading for pleasure has suffered a bit. However I did manage to read the next book in the Divine Comedy: Purgatorio. This recounts Dante’s trip through Purgatory as he makes his way to Paradise. I also read Hector and the Search for Happiness. This has to be one of the greatest things I have ever read (I know I say that a lot, but it is true every time). Hector is a psychiatrist who is trying to discover what makes people happy or unhappy and this journey takes him all over the world. It is a pretty quick read, but there is a lot of depth to the story and to the lessons he learns, so I would highly recommend this book. Hopefully I will still be able to read for pleasure as I get more and more into my graduate studies, my goal is to read at least two books or stories a month for pleasure, so we’ll see how that goes (I have read 16 books in the last 8 months so hopefully I can keep the pace up).

What I’ve read thus far:

  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Hundredth Monkey by Ken Keyes Jr.
  • The Truth by Michael Palin
  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno by Dante Alighieri
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