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Books I Read in Spring 2022

I have been reading a ton lately. Here is a brief roundup of books I finished last spring, sorted chronologically by when I finished them.


The Fellowship of the Ring

by J.R.R. Tolkein


Genre: Fiction (Fantasy)

Rating: 10/10 hikes


Premise: Frodo lives a peaceful countryside life in Middle Earth until he is bestowed with a magical evil ring belonging to an evil lord.

Thoughts: This was a re-read for my Lord of the Rings book club. I'm a huge fan, and this is one of my favorite books . I recommend it to anyone with an interest in fantasy.



The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rice of Vladimir Putin

by Masha Gessen


Genre: Non-Fiction (Biography)

Rating: 5/10 schemes


Premise: This book covers the President of Russia's upbringing and the career that led to his presidency, as well as surrounding political events in Russia.

Thoughts: While well researched, this was a dry and depressing read, with too many boring political details.



We

by Yevgeny Zamyatin


Genre: Fiction (Dystopia/Science Fiction)

Rating: 6/10 Benefactors


Premise: This is a journal kept by D-503, a citizen of a technologically advanced, future totalitarian state.

Thoughts: This book laid the foundations for the dystopian genre and was the inspiration for 1984. It's academically interesting, but hard to read because of a loose plot and overly abstract writing.



The Miseducation of Cameron Post

by Emily M. Danforth


Genre: Fiction (Realistic)

Rating: 8/10 Gays


Premise: Cameron, a teen living in 1990s Montana, is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with a girl.

Thoughts: This was a rich, slice-of-life read about a teenager coming to terms with her identity. The queerness in this book was affirming and I wish my closeted teenage self had read it.



If you've read any of these books, let me know your thoughts in the comments! When summer wraps up, I'll do another one of these roundups, hopefully with at least as many books on it.


~Avi

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