September and this reading diary began with me half way through Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleeps and Dreams (2017) by Dr. Matthew Walker. The initial attraction was the fact that sleep – or rather the lack of it – is directly related to my interest in cults as sleep deprivation is always a part of an indoctrination process. Of course everyone knows sleep deprivation is never a good thing, but I had no idea just how bad it was for … well everything both in the short term and long term. Beyond the harm caused by a lack of sleep, the book is simply one fascinating piece of information after another. I finished it on Monday evening, the second of September. It was sure left me with much to think about, and I have certainly re-evaluated and changed my mindset towards sleep and along with that, a few small changes to my nightly habits. I’ve started using the blue light reduction function on my desktop and laptop, and I have made my room darker.
I then turned to the third of Frank Herbert’s Dune books, The Children of Dune (1976). Ten days after starting it, I just passed the half-way mark. Slow going because of work, but I’m enjoying it more than the first two books in the series. The Chuseok break afforded me more time to read and I read the remaining half in decent time. It as finished a little after 1 a.m. the morning of Monday, September 16. After completing the second book last month, I was not sure I would continue with the series. Now that I’ve finished third, I will definately continue with the series. I may not progress to the many Dune books written by Brian Herbet, Frank Herbert’s son, and Kevin J. Anderson, but never say never.
For a change, the decision on the next book to read was a no-brainer. Being what Stephen King refers to as a “constant reader” (someone who reads his work), I just couldn’t delay beginning The Institute (2019), his latest book and my first Stephen King book this year. True, I have read nearly all of them, but I’m not averse to reading some again. That being said, I really should read the ones I haven’t read yet. The Dead Zone (1979) and Cujo (1981) come to mind. Browsing his bibliography, it looks like those are the only ones I’ve yet to read.