November Book Reviews

Here are the books I read in November in order of how much I liked them. You can find my entire bookshelf on Goodreads.

Class: A Guide Through the American Status System

Read this book if you want to be shocked at how much class pervades American society and how little has changed in the last 30 years. I highly recommend this book. 

This book discusses a lot of middle class insecurities that result in things like the value we attach to brands. It's definitely a controversial book, but it's deeply entertaining and informative. The conclusion of the book is to transcend class and not let class get in the way. 

 

The Three-Body Problem

Read this book if you want to read about an existential threat to humanity that bands all the governments together. There's a lot of interesting ideas in this book, but makes a lot of commentary on humanity and our follies. I'm still on the fence whether I want to finish out the trilogy.

 

A Walk in the Woods

Read this book if you want appreciate the danger and sublime of the American wilderness. The author is also a great comedic writer so it makes for a really fun adventure book. 

 

The Grace of Kings 

To be honest, I picked this book up because the author has the same name as my manager. It definitely started out rather slow, but the pace picked up and the story really comes together towards the latter half. It establishes a large world with plenty of political intrigue and plenty of fodder for future books in the series.

 

The Next America

I picked up this book because I wanted to read something about American demographics and learn about what's coming next for the country. The book definitely highlights a lot of interesting trends, but it's really dry and is basically a recitation of statistics rather than a story. 

Some takeaways from this book:

  • Marriage has become more of a capstone rather than a cornerstone. 
  • America is getting more diverse and more mixed race.
  • Birth rates in other top countries are dropping alarmingly