Spring Reading List

My reading schedule has been a bit all over the place of late. I had quit book one of a series since I wasn’t quite getting into the story as I’d hoped, but I picked up another series and am flying through it. Granted, it is a manga series so it reads really quickly. I’ve also picked up a few nutrition books as I’ve gotten back into focusing on improving my health.

My Hero AcademiaI’m currently reading My Hero Academia which was on my Start of the Year Reading List. I’m about half-way through the volumes that have been published in English so far. There are 33 volumes out and the Japanese volumes are up to 36-37. The story is in its final arc so the entire series should be wrapping up soon. I really enjoy this story. It’s a different take on superhuman/superhero society and focuses on how superpowers impact daily life with the protagonist working to become the number one hero.

I just finished reading The Pritikin Program for Diet & Exercise which is an older book (published in 1979), but it has been referenced in other, recent nutrition books I’ve read. Much of it holds up and is a great resource. I haven’t yet looked into any recent materials related to the Pritikin program, but I’m surprised it isn’t more relevant. It’s weird that diet and exercise weren’t a public conversation until around the 1980s, but the next book might reveal why.

Salt Sugar FatI’m listening to a nutrition-related book titled Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss. This book focuses on the food industry and how the American/Western diet, and the corresponding obesity epidemic, has been influenced by major food companies who essentially focus on profit maximization over consumer health. It is a fascinating insight into various brands and companies, as well as the history of food. I’m only about half-way through, but I will be recommending it.

I’m also working through a series of essays titled Vonnegut In America which was published in 1977. This is really just me wrapping up all of the Vonnegut-related books I have in my library.

After that, I am going to venture into a much older book titled The Social Contract and Discourses by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This book, more specifically the Discourse of Inequality, was referenced in a show I like and I went and picked up a copy from a used book store.

I’ve found I sometimes get into the habit of having a nonfiction book going alongside a fiction book. It is nice to expand my interests and learning, and it is easy to pick up one or the other without any potential overlap. I guess that fiction/nonfiction line makes it easier for me to transition between the two and alternate if I have a preference at the time. I have no idea what I’m going to read after I finish My Hero Academia but for some reason I think I’m happy to have it open. I’ll figure it out once I’m at that point. Something will certainly catch my interest.

Happy Reading.

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