I have 17 books down so far this year toward my goal of 30! The year isn’t even half over and I’ve already over half way accomplished my goal. That’s actually a really good thing though. Summertime reading is a lot harder for me. The days seem so much longer with the sun not setting until later so I’m not normally inside like I am in the winter.
What I’ve been reading…
The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz by Ron Jeremy
Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk
Candy Girl by Diablo Cody
Assuming the Position by Rick Whitaker
Gulp by Mary Roach
Girlvert by Oriana Small
I’ll start with my least favorite first, Assuming the Position. I can’t pinpoint exactly why I didn’t like it. Perhaps it was the author really never talking about one thing for very long or his randomly thrown in diary entries. There was a lot of skipping around and the book didn’t seem to flow well. It was an easy read, I finished it in one sitting, but it just wasn’t my favorite.
Next, Girlvert. I had really high expectations for Girlvert and it started strong for me too. But midway through I was tired of it. It was raw and quite gritty, exactly how I like my books, but honestly I was really just tired of reading about the authors drug habit. It gets bonus points for being the first ever book to make me say “oh my gosh, ewwwww” out loud though.
I really enjoyed Candy Girl. It was a fairly quick read (another one finished in one sitting). I personally thought the author was hilarious. It’s a shame she hasn’t written more books, I would snatch them up in a heartbeat. This is a definitely must read if you’re into stripper memoirs. (…sometimes I have to take a step back and realize how funny what I’m saying must sound to some people. Haha!)
Ron Jeremy is a household name, well I mean nearly everyone at least has heard of him and I’m sure they have some sort of idea in their head of what he’s like. The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz gave me a whole new idea of him. I really really loved this book. I found Ron Jeremy extremely loveable. My one complaint was towards the end the book seemed to focus too much on his failed grasp for mainstream acceptance (movies he was cut out of, celebrities who shunned him, etc). I always feel bad criticizing something like that in a non-fiction book because who am I to say what should or shouldn’t be included in someone’s memoir? But that’s just my personal little gripe about an otherwise great book!
My top two, as if it wasn’t totally predictable to anyone who knows me, were Invisible Monsters Remix and Gulp. I’m not going to be so cruel as make myself choose one as a favorite. These are my two absolute favorite authors! But I’ll start with Invisible Monsters Remix since I’ve been a Chuck Palahniuk fan for a longer period of time. I won’t lie, I was hesitant to start the book. The original Invisible Monsters book is great but hardly one of my favorite Palahniuk books. (I don’t mean to put it so harshly either because I really did enjoy it. Some of his others just sit a lot higher on my favorites list) The remix is an absolute blast to read. The book is set up where at the end of each chapter you’re told to jump to another instead of just going page by page through the whole book. Following the plot means flipping back and forth throughout the book. There are hidden chapters and even two that are backwards and you need to read in the mirror. Even if you’re an e-reader kind of person, please do pick this book up in hardcover format. It really really makes the whole experience awesome.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Where to even start on this one?! I didn’t think it was possible to love Mary Roach any more than I already did but I think do. Gulp covers all sorts of interesting topics including why your stomach doesn’t digest itself, hooping (smuggling contraband via the rectum) and autocoprophagia (eating your own poop). Just naming those things makes the book seem so much more tame than it really is but in true Mary Roach form it’s filled to the brim with gross facts. I highly, highly recommend picking it up!
And that’s what I’ve been reading! How about you? Have you read anything interesting lately?
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