what I’ve been reading…

by Kaylah Stroup
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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