5th Book Finished (5/12)

Last night, I finished reading my 5th book – Stay Awake by Dan Chaon

It’s a collection of short stories that are supposed to be independent, but seem to have some similarities. Some of the stories were good while others weren’t. Some stories I didn’t even understand and seemed to end abruptly. I never read short stories before, so maybe I’m not used to it

Overall, I give it 3/5 stars. I guess short stories are just not my cup of tea. If it wasn’t written by Dan Chaon, I probably would have given it 2/5 stars


4th Book Finished (4/12)

Couple days ago I finished another book

I read Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. I read this book because I have read You Remind Me Of Me by the same author, and I liked it

Await Your Reply didn’t disappoint. I liked it also. How can you not like a book whose starting paragraph is:

“We are on our way to the hospital, Ryan’s father says.

Listen to me, Son:

You are not going to die.”

The book follows the lives of 3 different people but is well done and not even close to confusing. By the end of the book, the reader becomes aware of how the 3 different lives are connected. The stories are also intertwined and play off one another throughout the book

I give this book 4/5 stars

The next book I’m reading is Steve Job’s biography


3rd Book Finished (3/12)

I finished reading another book yesterday: Freshwater Aquariums for Dummies. I don’t know if it classifies as a book, but I guess it is a book but not a novel, so I’ll count it

As some of you may know, I plan on getting African Dwarf Frogs (ADF), so I wanted to read up on keeping and maintaining an aquarium

Turns out it’s not as simple as filling an aquarium with water and dropping in your aquatic pets. That’s what I thought it was like. After all, you always see the classic goldfish in a little, simple bowl. Freshwater Aquariums for Dummies says otherwise

 This is my first aquatic pet (we did have a Betta fish, but it was my sister’s and she took care of it – I use the term “took care of it” loosely). Apparently, it’s best to set up the aquarium weeks or months before. In this time, you “cycle the tank”. This is the process of getting good bacteria to grow. You can do this with fish in the tank or fishless. I think fishless is more humane

Reading the part about cycling the tank was like high school chemistry class all over with the exception of understanding it. Without going into detail, it talked about the Nitrogen Cycle, pH, Ammonia, Ammonium, Nitrites and Nitrates

I’m glad I read this book and knowing what I know now, I can’t just drop the ADFs in an un-primed tank. I should give the frogs a fighting chance. They still may die quickly, but at least I know I did the best I can

The book was great and had a lot of useful information (it also had a lot of corny jokes that weren’t funny at all). It was easy to read, especially the cycling the tank part, and was well thought out

I give this book 4/5 stars