Finished reading: A Children’s Bible: A Novel by Lydia Millet 📚 I love the voice and character development in this book! The words read like a cynical 16-17-year-old girl said them, and the whole book was worth reading for the prose. However, the book’s central idea (tieing climate change to biblical stories) felt shallow and unfelt by the narrator as if the cynicism was more important than anything else.

Finished reading: When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein 📚

Finished reading: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab 📚 Ideas are so much wilder than memory! So good!

Finished reading: The Smartest Guys In The Room: The Amazing Rise And Scandalous Fall Of Enron by Bethany Mclean 📚

Finished reading: American Pastoral by Philip Roth 📚

About twenty years ago, a friend burned me a copy of Ben Harper’s Burn to Shine. I loved it so much, but I was also a little ashamed and angry that I had not found Harper’s music earlier. Reading American Pastoral made me feel the same way about Philip Roth.

American Pastoral was a challenging read about the darkness in the American soul during the second half of the 20th century. Darkness that started with over-moralizing, over-simplifying, and thinking anyone of us might understand the heart and motivations of another.

I am looking forward to reading I Married a Communist next!

Finished reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 📚

Finished reading: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis 📚 Another book I had started reading several times and recently committed to finishing. Lewis spins a story from market volatility, electronic trading, and how big players make money from it all. So fun!

Finished reading: Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking by Christopher Hadnagy 📚

I bought this book several years ago after discovering Mr. Robot. I lost interest then, but I recently decided to commit to finishing. It is (a book) about hacking communication and the tools in the social engineer’s toolbox. It was worth finishing.

Finished reading: Influx by Daniel Suarez 📚 This was a fun read! It had been 10+ years since I last read anything by Daniel Suarez, and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed his imagination.

Finished re-reading: Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street by Michael Lewis 📚

I hadn’t read this book since university for a money and banking class. I remember loving it then, but it was even better the second time around. Looking back onto the trading floors of 1980’s Wall Street 30+ years later is disorienting and clarifying at the same time. Much of the financial innovation back then is/are regular practices today.

Finished re-reading: Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough 📚

This book is full of history about leveraged buy-outs, junk bonds, and 1980’s business culture. Such a good read!