Island of the Lost by Joan Druett
This book is a non-fiction account of two different shipwrecks in Auckland Island nearly 300 miles from New Zealand. One shipwrecked party is led by Captain Musgrave who leads and inspires his men who manage to survive in the unforgiving elements. Druett details the ingenuity that these men displayed to survive and ultimately save themselves. The other shipwreck is a different story... This book was a powerful and well-researched story.
The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
This is mostly an autobiography about Amanda Palmer from The Dresden Dolls, a band that I have always known about, but never really investigated. This was a fun way to learn about a person through her very self-aware read on her own story. The bigger story, and what I found most interesting, was how very much we all need and want to help and be helped by others.
The Vegetarian by Han King
Well, this book is pretty unique. It had been variously recommended to me and I assumed that it was just the title. Well no, it was recommended because it is weird and it has an important message! A very brief synopsis is that a South Korean woman decides to become a vegetarian. The rest of the book has less to do with this woman's choice and more to do with those who seek dominion over her. She finds her own freedom.
What are you reading?