2012 Goal Recap - Books - Part Three - The Dainty Squid

2012 Goal Recap - Books - Part Three

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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!

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23 thoughts

  1. Oh, I've always wanted to read Packing for Mars! Blog Inc sounds interesting too, I've seen it on Modcloth before but never really bothered to look into it. Thanks for the overview :)

  2. I love when you do your book posts! I have a really similar taste in my reading (LOVED Stiff, and as for Chuck...!), so I was excited to see what you were reading lately. I've had Spook on my list for a bit, but was umming and ahhhing over it - thanks for the opinion! And 'Packing For Mars' sounds great! I love when books get me interested in something new to learn about!
    How good was Sunshine Cleaning!!?! So many people slammed it, but I just loved it :)
    Sway xxxx

  3. I planned on adding this to my to-do list in 2013 because thus far I've re-read the hunger games trilogy and the 50 shades of grey books.... AND NOTHING ELSE. I used to work in a bookstore where I was reading 3-5 books A MONTH just for giggles. I also read about 7 books at once and just flip between genres. But next year I full intend on going back to 3 books a month. Gotta be well read.


  4. I bought Packing for Mars for my boyfriend a couple months ago, and I plan on borrowing it once he has finished it. I'm not sure how he had it recommended to him as he'd never read anything else by her before, but I really look forward to delving into the book. Chuck Palahniuk is one of my very favourite authors as well, so I imagine if I take suggestions from you, I'd not be lead astray! I've been hoping to finish up 2 books by the new year (pathetic, I know, but I DID read 10 plays as well), and a book by Mary Roach may need to be one of them :)

  5. So I know this isn't related to this post but I immediately thought of you when I saw these sunglasses...

  6. Weren't you also reading The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum? Did you end up disliking that one or are you still reading it? <3

  7. I love these posts Kaylah! The Dead Janitors Club is definitely going on my Christmas List, it sounds really interesting.

  8. I love reading your book posts; your taste in non-fiction is stellar. SO many good suggestions! :)

  9. I just finished Blog Inc! Very inspiring for a brand new blogger like me. Joy seems like such a cool person, too.

  10. Thanks for this post! I always love finding new books to read.

    <3 Melissa

  11. I LOVE Mop Men. I found it at BAM in the dollar section and I thought it was so interesting and real. I even emailed the author to say I enjoyed it and he wrote back!

  12. I love the book titles, especially Packing for Mars & The Dead Janitor's club. Makes you want to pick up the book and figure out what it's all about! :)

    I was thinking of picking up Blogging inc. a few days ago, but wasn't sure. Did you enjoy the book? Learn anything interesting? :)

    - Sasha

  13. Ha-I was going to mention that I also read Down Among the Dead Men once for a Canadian Fiction class but apparently yours is a different book with the same name! And I looove astronomy so I bet I'd like Packing for Mars. I'll have to check it out.

  14. You always seem to read books I've never heard of, but I'm glad because you're broadening my reading taste.
    Seems like I'll have to give Mary Roach a try.

    the making of things

  15. thank you so much for introducing me to Geek Love in one of your previous posts. I recently got my hands on it and pretty much read it in a week. Such an awesome book. Now I need someone I know to read it so I can discuss it!


  16. I just finished reading Stiff and am about to start Spook! Glad to know you like it :) I agree, she is an awesome nonfiction writer and could probably make any topic interesting.

  17. I really enjoy your taste in books. I'm always always always looking to not waste my time on a bad book (wow, that sounds really snobby, but I hope everyone reading this knows what I'm saying... life's to short, you know?) and you always seem to make really good suggestions. Thank you!

  18. Thanks so much for sharing what you are reading, you reminded me how I used to read novels and fact books almost non-stop as a kid (I totally won the 'reading olympics' in grade 3), but towards the end of highschool I stopped. Because of your blog, my interest is renewed and am currently reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (sp?) and Stiff by Mary Roach is next!

  19. 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.

  20. 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? ;)

  21. Hey, I don't know if you listen to this podcast (or any podcast really) but RadioLab has this amazing show about ghosts, and they interview Mary Roach about her book Spook and parts from it. It's very well done, and if you hadn't listened to it already, I wanted to recommend it!



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