•• end of March. reading list. what was your best read this month?
Here’s what I’ve read:
- Can’t Buy Me Love, by Jonathan Gould
- The Miracle Morning for Writers, by Hal Elrod, Steve Scott, with Honorée Corder
- Macunaíma, by Mario de Andrade
- Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
- The Art of Reading, by Émile Faguet
- Why Read the Classics?, by Italo Calvino
- The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
- Your Best Year Ever, by Michae Hyatt
- Financial Freedom, by Grant Sabatier
- Beyond Order, by Jordan Peterson
- Klara and The Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
The best read after Crime and Punishment (of course) was One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; the first time I’ve read that book, I found it amazing.
The narrative of “Chief” Bromdem, a half-Native American patient at a psychiatric hospital, focuses on the tales of RP McMurphy, a rebellious man who fakes insanity to serve his sentence for battery and gambling in the hospital rather than at a prison work farm. The book is SO good that I had to watch the movie.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975) is also a classic, directed by Miloš Forman, with Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Wil Sampson, and Denny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd when they were in their 30s. It changed the point of view a little, but it’s a great movie too.
On the other hand, I was extremely frustrated with The Midnight Library. The premise was excellent, and I was so excited to read this book. But then I thought it lacked substance and treasures. Instead of finishing each chapter with a “wow!”, it only got me bored. So sad. I’m sorry, Matt, but this book should be written with the same vibe and effort as Jostein Gaarder or Umberto Eco would do it, even if it’s meant for kids… We have to stop underestimating young people.
By the way, Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum twisted my brain, but it made the top three this month.
☕️ Now, what have you read this month? And what was your best read and why?