what I’ve been reading…

It has been a long time since I last blogged about books. In 2013 I read forty one books. It was the most I had read in one year in my entire life. I made slightly too ambitious goal of reading 35 books this year and haven’t even made a real dent in it. Including these four books, I’ve read a total of 12 books. One on hand I’m disappointed because I didn’t reach a goal I set but on the other hand I’m not mad about it at all because I know that I spent my time wisely. I’ve had such a busy year I barely had time to sit down and read. It just wasn’t a priority for me.

This is what I’ve been reading…
Paradoxia by Lydia Lunch. I love raunchy books, I get that from my mom. Haha, seriously though. I want gross, explicit details about everything. I bought it because the reviews raved about what a wild ride this book was but when it comes right down to it, I think this book might have even been a bit much for me. Read this if you’re looking for something grittier than Bukowski!

You & The Police by Boston T. Party. This one is almost embarrassing to have on here. I suppose I was looking for a book about my rights as a citizen, mixed with something like a modern day Steal This Book. Within a few pages I knew it wasn’t the book for me but I had to keep reading because it was just so…weird? I don’t know, it’s very hard to explain. Nearly everything in the book is common sense. (Don’t be a smart ass to cops, well duh!) but the whole book was very clearly written by an angry author who without a doubt is a bit of an extremist. How the book has so many glowing reviews is beyond me. But hey, maybe it’s exactly what you’re looking for in a book. I’m not one to judge.

Stripped by Bernadette Barton. No “what I’ve been reading” post is complete without a book on sex work. Hah! In all seriousness, this is a really great book, possibly one of my favorites on the subject. The author spent five years researching, and interviewing dancers from all over the country on topics such as how they got into the business, the dangers, how they deal with the tolls of dancing, the community, and more. I really enjoyed the layout of the book, it was interesting to be able to read about the experiences of a variety of women instead of one.

The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. This is the clear winner of the group. I actually finished this whole book in one sitting (It was a plane ride…) It’s a interesting look at how our minds work. The book covers six types of illusions we believe including; “Illusion of Attention, or, the belief that we are attentive to much more than we actually are at any given moment. Illusion of Memory, or, the illusion that our memories are much more exact than they are. Illusion of Confidence, or, the illusion that confidence (in others) is a good sign of competence. Illusion of Knowledge, or, the illusion that we have detailed
knowledge about many things that, in fact, we only have vague knowledge
of. Illusion of Cause, or, the illusion that two things
happening sequentially necessarily signifies scause/effect relationship. Illusion of Potential, or, the illusion that in every human, there
is a vast array of untapped potential waiting to come out (if only we
learn to use more of our brains, listen to Mozart, “train our brains”
etc.)” List courtesy of an amazon review because that guy wrote it way better than I would have. Heh. Certainly an interesting read!

All in all, not a super exciting group of books. The worst part about that is that doesn’t make me want to drive back into reading. Guess I need to go hunting for some new books that I’m almost positive I’ll love. What have you been reading lately?

You can take a peek at everything else I’ve read this year, and in previous years under the “books” tag, and a list of my favorite books can be found here!

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  • Thanks for this. The last book sounds interesting. Especially the last sentence, since I'm about to learn how to use more of my brain in a training. This might be a nice addition. I'm reading the second book of Game Of Thrones series, 'A Clash Of Kings'. It is absolutely wonderful (and horrible at times), even if you've seen the series (I actually watched every season twice…). Any who, definitely recommend it!!

  • Reading more than 40 books a year is quite an accomplishment! I've been trying so hard to be better about reading. I've recently put another challenge to my reading goals: Get most of my books from the library. Luckily there are lots of new releases… you just have to wait for them and usually can't renew because others are waiting for the same book. It puts a time crunch on finishing a book while saving money by buying something I might not pick up again once I'm done.

    I'm finishing up Amy Poehler's Yes Please, which is OK, and I have Gone Girl and Lena Dunham's book in my queue. We'll see how it goes!

  • i set a goal to read 100 books this year and i'm getting close, i'm in the 90's now. My favorite books I read this year were all of joe hill's books. You might like them if you like scary books! Also, i loved Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. It is about a grown woman who's family was murdered when she was little, and now she is getting asked questions by people who love serial killers. which is kind of a bad explaination, but I think you would like it since you like dark, weird books. I love when you post books because we have similar taste!


      I actually haven't read a scary book since I was in middle school but I'm pretty sure I might like them now.

      Thanks for the recommendation!! 🙂

  • On your recommendation, I read Mary Roach's "Gulp", which was a very exciting read! Another book I've just started is "After the People Lights Have Gone Out" by Stephen Graham Jones, which is a compilation of spooky stories. Some of the stories are boring, but a few are very scary and fun! One book that I recently finished is "Making Contact: A Serious Handbook to Locating and Communicating With Extraterrestrials". It's a mixture of accounts with extraterrestrials, as well as the science behind our galaxy and neighboring star clusters. It was an extremely interesting guide, although it took me a few tries to get into it.

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (and other lessons from the crematory) was really good as was Dr. Mütter's Marvels (even more so now that I've been to the museum). Just put The Invisible Gorilla on my library list!

  • I always love to see the books you are reading; I have read a few of your recommendations and loved them! I have been pretty bad about reading this year, but have recently read 2 Neil Gaiman books that really sparked the "I want to read instead of watch tv" part of my brain. I am so glad to know that part of my brain is still there, haha. Anyway, if you have not already read them I would recommend reading both Neverwhere & The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. They are very imaginative but still very realistic, and they really made me want to read and read!

  • This year is the first that I've made sure to write down all books read and movies watched (the "new-to-me" ones, anyway!) and it's been so helpful and motivational in a way, I can certainly see it becoming a lifelong habit.
    I got my paws on a handful of murder/crime/detective novels written by women for inspiration and research regarding my own writing and I'd be remiss to not recommend two: UNPUNISHED by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and LAURA by Vera Caspary. Also, somewhat related and very descriptive in its vulgarity and creepiness: PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER by Patrick Süskind.
    And unrelated but probably the most important thing I read this year – FRAGMENTS, a collection of Marilyn Monroe's handwritten notes, letters, and poems. It's really touching and beautiful and obviously insightful.

    !!! So excited to check out your recommendations. Thank you for sharing!

  • I've managed to read 22 books so far this year! I never really kept track until I started using goodreads a couple years ago, mostly just for that purpose. I just finished "Until I Find You" by John Irving…it was interesting. It took me an absurdly long time to get through, sometimes the pace a book is written at just makes it so difficult! I think I'd found it because one of the main characters is a tattoo artist and as a tattooer, I realized I hadn't ever read any fiction books with that kind of character. I'm still deciding how much I liked it, haha. I also recently read The Diary of a Sex Fiend which was entertaining at points but mostly kind of boring. I love your book posts though, I always find more things to add to my list!!

  • I had a goal to read 30 books this year but accidentally fell in love with a 13-book series so I am up to about 45 books this year! The past few weeks I have been obsessed with graphic novels.