2012 Mid-Year Goal Recap: Books!

One of my 2012 goals was to read 15 new (to me) books. If you’ve been a long time reader you may recall me mentioning a few times that I’m a very, very picky reader. I have a hard time getting into books but that certainly doesn’t mean I don’t love to read. Getting lost in a book is one of my favorite things ever! 

My taste is books is weird-ish, I suppose. I’m a big fan of gritty books that are shocking. I like non-fiction and love to read about about people’s lives that are completely different from my own. From time to time I do read fiction, I absolutely adore Chuck Palahniuk and have read (and loved) everything he’s had published. I just about peed my pants with excitement last year when I found a new book to obsess over – Geek Love. (You can find my post about it here) That got me on the lookout for other books that I might be interested in because I realized once again how much I truly love reading.

Well, I’m well on my way to reading 14 books this year. I’m starting to realize that maybe I’m not as much of a picky reader as I thought, perhaps I just wasn’t reading about subjects that sparked my interest. As of the beginning of June I’d finished 10 books already and had another 12 sitting in my to-read pile. Having 12 in a to-do pile is like a miracle, I have never in my life had that many books that I was excited to read one after another.

Before I share about what I’ve read I suppose I should start with a bit of a disclaimer. A lot of what I’ve read I would put in the “adult’s only” category. This isn’t my normal subject matter and it’s not going to become something I blog about often. But I’d like this blog to be an honest place and this is honestly what I’ve been reading. I’ll go ahead and blame my love of “raunchy” books on my mom who can normally be found any evening on the couch with her nose buried in a “romance” novel, you know the kind with the half naked, long haired man on the front and the lady clinging to him! Well apparently the apple didn’t fall far from the tree except for the fact this apple likes non-fiction and would prefer not to read about cowboys and their conquests. (Hi Mom!)

So far this year I’ve read…  
Sex Work edited by Frederique Delacoste & Priscilla Alexander.
The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott.
Curtains by Tom Jokinen.
Tunnel People by Teun Voeten.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.
Mole People by Jennifer Toth.
9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door by Simone Corday.
Step Right up by Nathaniel Knaebel.
Real Live Nude Girl by Carol A. Queen.
How to Make Love Like a Pornstar by Jenna Jameson

I really enjoyed them all. Some I read a lot faster than others and there were a couple I really had to work to finish. If I had to choose a top three to read from these ten, I’d recommend  How to Make Love Like a Pornstar, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and
Curtains. Those were my favorites. 

If you look past the title of Jenna Jameson’s book, How to Make Love Like a Pornstar, and just read you might be pleasantly surprised. Amazon had recommended me the book a few times (which I
ignored because of the title)
before I checked out the reviews and finally bought it. This
was a really great book. It’s around 600 pages and I tore through this
sucker in two days. I could not put it down. If Jenna wrote a sequel I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

Amazon also recommended me Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – apparently amazon knows what I like better than I do. I adored this book! I spent so much time in the bathtub obsessively reading it. Jenny is one fuuuunny lady. I felt a connection with her writing (yeah, not to sound creepy or anything) but there were so many little thing that I was like “that is soooo me!” about.

Finally, Curtains – I LOVED Curtains! I thought it was an awesome book and I’m really sad it’s over! It actually got me started on a whole new subject matter obsession too! I’ve since bought five or so books about mortuary sciences, funeral directors and the like.

Read anything great you think I’d like lately? I’m always on the look out for something with similar subject matters to those I’ve read above to add to my queue.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • We definitely have a similar taste in books! I plan on reading Geek Love soon, but Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorites.
    In the vein of Palahniuk sort of shocking/graphic writing, I'd suggest: Bret Easton Ellis & Poppy Z. Brite. However, both of them can be really graphic, the most graphic ones that come to mind are: American Psycho by Ellis & Exquisite Corpse by Brite.

    I'd also highly recommend The Beach by Alex Garland, Party Monster by James St. James, and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

    If you are into fantasy sort of work, I always suggest Ray Bradbury & Neil Gaiman.

    Also, if you aren't opposed to graphic novels: The Sandman Series (Gaiman) is incredible! Watchmen by Alan Moore is good too.

  • Hi! I just started reading "Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul" by Karen Abbott. It's nonfiction and fascinating so far. Thought you might like it! πŸ™‚

  • I would highly recommend anything by Will Self (though most particularly My Idea of Fun or How the Dead Live). They definitely have some shock about them. He's got an incredible imagination and a wonderful writing style.

  • I actually just purchased chuck's novel 'Invisible Monsters' so I'm excited you're such a fan, the book only seems to get better and better reviews!

    I'm not sure if it's 100% your book type, but 'the virgin suicides' is without a doubt one of my favourite novels. It's so gritty and raw as it talks frequently of suicide and sex (two heavy topics) but the writing makes it work.

  • We must have very similar tastes in books, I love love love Chuck P. I've also devoured everything he's put out on market, and I'm regularly checking to see if he's come out with anything new. Geek Love is another favorite. I remember exactly where and when I read that book I love it so much.

    I haven't read any of your "new" books, and I definitely want to check them out now! Thanks for the recommendations. I want to return the favor. Tom Robbins is an amazing author. I've read all the books he's written, and I think you'd enjoy Another Roadside Attraction. There is a lot of mushroom hunting in the book besides the awesome characters and plot. On the mortuary side of things, if you haven't read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Cadavers it's a must read. Finally as far as sexy books go Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty Trilogy is pretty thrilling and shocking! All of those books are pretty quick reads, and AMAZING.

    Thanks again for the book recommendations πŸ™‚ chris

  • oh my gosh! i am reading "Let's Pretend This Never Happened"…i can't stop laughing!! it's SO good!!

    I think you would like Tom Robbins too! (Jitterbug Perfume) <so interesting!!

  • I downloaded the samples in iBooks for a little more than half of these books… I really like your taste πŸ™‚ I started reading Jenna Jameson's book last night and am already on page 387 o 1245 (iphone size)… it's a really good book and I don't want to stop reading it. Thanks for the recommendations!!
    xo, LA