Book Recommendation of the Week

This week’s recommendation is: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Seriously, if you haven’t read this book already, get on it. Even after 60 years, it’s as relevant and thought-provoking as ever. Fun fact: most dystopian novels mention a perpetual war happening somewhere outside of the story being told.


 

Fahrenheit-451This was my second book recommendation after I started doing recommendations. It was originally only posted on my Patreon page and I decided it needed to be posted here also. This book is great. HBO released a movie based on it this past weekend and I hope it lives up to the book. I’m sure they will change a lot, but we will see. (Update: I did see the movie and they did change a lot to make it relatable to the world today. Despite the changes, it follows the book fairly closely at least in concept. Overall, I enjoyed it.)

It was a pleasure to burn. Such a great first line. My original recommendation does state that you need to read this if you haven’t, and of course I stand by that 100%. I know it is often required reading in many schools. If you originally read it in school, read it again because it gets better the older you get (as most books do). This book is fairly short at around 150 pages. You can probably read it in a weekend if not a day.

If you have yet to discover Bradbury, this is a great introduction to his work. There are many other stories by Bradbury that deserve our attention, and I hope you discover them as well, but this one remains a first choice when recommending Bradbury himself. I hope you enjoy it. Go to your library and read this book.

Happy Reading.

Brave New World

Brave New WorldThis week’s book recommendation is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It’s a dystopian novel that was written in the early 1930’s but is still an excellent read. I think I read it in just a few days. Somewhat science fiction and futuristic while somewhat vintage, it does a great job of criticizing humanity in many ways. An early scene in the book, perhaps the opening scene, has been highly influential in recent fiction and film.

The setting takes place in a world where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. In such a world where everyone takes drugs to maintain “happiness” at all times, we follow a character who starts to question this practice and who looks for a better meaning to his life.

I think you’ll find a lot more in this book than you may originally think. Even though it was written a long time ago, it still reads like a contemporary novel. I say give it a shot if you haven’t already. You may be surprised at what you find.

Happy Reading.