2012 Goal Recap – Books – Part Three

Time for another update on what I’ve been reading. I’ve finished another ten books, putting me fifteen books above my goal of reading fifteen new to me books before the end of 2012. I really never though I’d read thirty books in 2012. At one point in the year I even thought to myself “Oh no, 15 books was way too many!” Perhaps I’m not as picky as I once thought!

I’m still reading the same sort of things as I have been. Before you read on about what I’ve been reading perhaps the little disclaimer in the first book recap post would relevant. Some of these certainly aren’t for the faint of heart. 😉

Since September I’ve read…
Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
Whip Smart by Melissa Febos
Spook by Mary Roach
Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
The Dead Janitors Club by Jeff Klima
Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese
Mop Men by Alan Emmins
The Upside of Undertaking by Catherine Olen
True Porn Clerk Stories by Ali Davis
American Gangbang by Sam Benjamin

I honestly really enjoyed them all with the exception of The Upside of Undertaking. It kind of felt like I was just reading all the other books I’ve read on the funeral business chopped up and organized in another way. I dunno, it just didn’t strike my fancy. I was able to read it in one evening on the couch. You might find it enjoyable if it were your first funeral book, but I definitely recommend Curtains by Tom Jokinen or Down Among The Dead Men by Michelle Williams over this one.

My top three books from this round of reading are Spook, The Dead Janitors Club and Packing for Mars.

Yep, two Mary Roach books in my top three from this round of reading. I seriously love her writing. I’m so sad I’ve read everything now. She is officially my favorite non-fiction writer. (favorite fiction writer will forever belong to Chuck Palahniuk!). A lot of people recommended reading Spook last claiming it was her least best work (“least best” because you can’t call it “worst”, she could write about anything and it would still be ridiculously interested!) but I disagree. I’d rank it my second favorite of her books, with Stiff being my favorite.

Packing for Mars was certainly great as well. I’d never read anything in the past about space or astronauts so I learned a lot. After just about every chapter I had a little mental list of neat things I needed to someone about. Did you know astronauts are as much as 2.5 inches taller after about a week in space?  Mary Roach did an amazing job of making a subject I had no interest in before incredibly interesting. I’ve now got my sights set on Mike Mullane’s memoir which Mary Roach recommended in Packing for Mars. Thanks for broadening my interests Ms. Roach!

The Dead Janitors Club by Jeff Klima also stood out to me from this little group of what I’ve read in the last month or so. Consider crime scene cleanup books warmly welcomed into my strange little niche of things I like to read about. (PS. Did you see Sunshine Cleaning? I loved that movie!) The Dead Janitors Club was awesome, I had trouble putting it down and was bummed out when it ended. 

You can find a list of everything I’ve read so far this year in part one & part two of my book recaps. Now I’m off to read because I’ve already started another book to immerse myself into. Hope you have a fabulous day!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Mary Roach has a new one coming out in April!
    Gulp : Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    “America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on a unforgettable tour of our insides. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions inspired by our insides are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find names for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? We meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks—or has the courage—to ask. And we go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a bacteria transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal.

  • I LOVED TRUE PORN CLERK STORIES I used to read her blog back in the day… kinda saddened that she took it down in lieu of publishing her book (good for her, sad for my pocket book)are you one of those people that keep books forever? or in the market to sell? 😉