Books Read May 2014

The Legacy: Legend of Drizzt, Book VII by R.A. Salvatore. It’s Drizzt—what’s not to like? I previously read books one and two; I mistakenly bought this one thinking it was three (it is actually 7). On the plus side, I can probably skip ahead in the story now that I know what happens after the books I missed!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Andrea loved this series and wanted to know if I would like it too. I did not, but I cannot say why. There was a lot of sex, but plenty of books I like have sex; there was romance that did not resonate with me; there was a lot of history, which I must admit I don’t care about. I guess I would rather read about a badass Drow ranger defeating a golem than read about a woman lost in time.

The Dracula Chronicles: The Lamb of God by Shane KP Oneill. This was a very quick read that introduces Dracula. The first book published in this series takes place well after this prequel, but I thought it would be good to start at the beginning. It was good, so I plan to continue this series after I finish some other books.

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. An orphan assassin, sword-fighting, revenge and rebellion—I like it!

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. I’ve heard a ton about this book, and I’d like to have a better grasp on economics. It started off well; Smith lays the foundation of economics and currency, and it is brilliant, logical stuff. That being said, I ultimately abandoned the book about 1/6th of the way in when the author stated how much tobacco you should expect a negro between sixteen and sixty years to pick. I know that in 1776 statements like that were not in poor taste—Smith was likely very progressive—but one too many outdated terms made me question how applicable the book truly is. I include the book in this list because I don’t plan to finish it.