Personal Pan Pizza

I have been intending to make some social media posts about the books that I have been reading. I have not yet made the posts because I haven’t written the book reports. I will never get the personal pan pizza if I don’t write the book reports. If I wait much longer, I will have to reread the books just to write them.

True Grit by Charles Portis

This was a rare occasion when I had seen the movie (both movies) prior to reading the book. I had some preconceived expectations. The book is so much better than both movies. It is easily in the top five best historical adventure stories that I have ever read. It’s got cowboys, revenge, redemption, and snakes. The main character is a 14 year old girl on a quest to bring her father’s killer to justice. She is on an epic journey to find herself and along the way she teaches everyone she meets how to be a better version of themselves. This is a classic adventure for everyone. Read this book.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

This was a rare occasion where my wife recommended a book and I loved it. I am not suggesting that she doesn’t read good books. We just tend to have very different book preferences. Fredrick Backman is currently her favorite author and she has been reading through all of his works. She suggested that I might enjoy this one and she was not wrong. It’s a story about a bank robbery, an apartment showing, and reaching rock bottom. If you played a drinking game where you had a shot for every plot twist, you could’ve drive while you were reading this book. I guess you can’t drive and read at the same time but you know what I mean. This story has great characters that deliver an engaging story full of mind blowing surprises. Read this book.

Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors. I have read a lot of his work. This book was published posthumously as the standard collection of “never before published” material. I love short story collections and this one does not disappoint. If you like Kurt Vonnegut or short stories, you will dig this book. Vonnegut was a prisoner of war during WW2 and he was in Dresden when it was destroyed by the Allies. I wouldn’t call his approach anti-war but he does work to reflect the realities of war. One of the stories in this collection is called “Great Day.” It is a dystopian war story built around time travel and a blunt embrace of global patriotism. This is a perfect short story. Even if you don’t like the book, it is still worth checking it out of the library just to read this story.


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