Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Top 50 Books to Read Next List

This is my reading list. What I’ve read, what I’m reading, what I’m going to read next. It’s mostly literary fiction, but I’ll mix in the occasional bio or historical whatever. I’m not adverse to reading books written by white American men, but I’ll also read female authors. I’ll do it. Check out the list. I don’t care what anyone says. I’ll even read a book written by a non-white, non-American, just to keep those comparative lit snobs off my back. As an English major, I feel that it my sworn duty to at least attempt to be well read. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 16

This actually happened to me. I’m in a cab on my way to the Mirage on the strip. I see this big sign that says, “Book Tours Here.” And I think, “Oh cool. They’ve got a tour about books. I wonder what that’s all about. Man, Vegas has everything.” The car pulls forward and I see another sign … “Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours.” Oh. Continue reading

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My Review | Big Fish

The book is whimsical, but it was a little sad too. For me, I saw a good man who had dreams and eventually became weary of the world when he stopped having his adventures and maybe started having regrets. Nostalgia for a time gone by, forgotten. Continue reading

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My Review | Beautiful Ruins

I loved this book, its characters, locations, themes and humor. A lot of reviewers focus on the social satire of Hollywood, but I focus on Pasquale, a man who is trying to turn his seaside, nearly deserted, Italian village into a resort. He has dreams of building a tennis court into the cliffs above his place, Hotel Adequate View. One day a beautiful, young American actress arrives. Continue reading

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My Review | The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen was the greatest polar explorer of all-time … first to the South Pole, first to the North Pole, who successfully navigated the Northwest and Northeast Passage. Shackleton’s bad luck was epic and really incomparable, but bad luck was fairly routine in polar exploration. There was a good chance that you were going to suffer and suffer for a long time and suffer to the brink of death. But there were nations lining up to explore the globe and achieve great feats. Roald was inspired as a young man to do big things. Continue reading

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REVIEW | Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Flow” is a very influential book in the world of psychology. The author, Mihaly Csikszentmihlyi, poses the question, ‘What makes life worth living?’ With this inquiry as the starting point, the author reveals years of pioneering research that adds to our understanding of happiness, creativity, and human fulfillment by describing the common elements of ultimate experience or “flow,” a state of heightened focus and immersion in art, athletics, work and life. Continue reading

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My Review | To the Lighthouse

I readily admit that I don’t catch most literary references or metaphors, if that’s what modernist fiction means. This novel was hailed for its experimental nature. Nothing happens. Everything is a stream-of-consciousness, jumping from character-to-character. No action, little dialogue. Continue reading

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