what I've been reading... - The Dainty Squid

what I've been reading...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I've been reading a lot less frequently than normal. I know exactly why too! I'm a car reader. I do most of my reading in the passenger seat. But lately I've been the one doing the driving. (wahoooo!) Without that time I have to set aside time specifically for reading which isn't always the easiest for me. I'm distracted quite easily so some days it just feels impossible.

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?
xoxo

To see what else I've read lately you can use the "books" tag.

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  1. I have Gulp in my pile of books to read too, I'm so excited to get started! I'm currently on a Sarah Vowell kick and I have to recommend her books to you, I think they'll be up your alley. I started with Assassination Vacation and am on The Partly Cloudy Patriot now. So funny and well written, plus I now feel like a walking encyclopedia of presidential assassination trivia. Check them out!

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    1. Oh! Presidential assassination triva! Interesting! I'll definitely give those a peek. Thanks!

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    2. I love Sarah Vowell, and Assassination Vacation is my fave of hers :) Highly recommend!

      I really liked Candy Girl too - she should write another book.

      Never read anything by Mary Roach...but the way you talk about her makes me think I should!

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  2. this is awesome! I'm currently reading stiff so I will add Gulp to the list!

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  3. i was wondering about the invisible monsters remix. i loved the original, and wasn't sure how much would be different with the remix. can't wait for doomed to come out!

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    1. I'd say it's worth picking up, for sure! Especially if you haven't read the originally recently.

      I knowwww! I'm so excited about Doomed!!

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  4. Have you read anything by Gillian Flynn? She writes fiction novels, but I think you'd enjoy them. They're creepy and pretty twisted, but SO GOOD.

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    1. Nope, but I'll give them a gander! Thanks! :)

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  5. Those books sound interesting! I'm impressed you can read in the car. It usually makes me nauseous.

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  6. I read all the time, but was happy to see someone else had read Candy Girl and enjoyed it, because I picked it up on clearance at Half Price Books and it's still on my shelf waiting! Thank you for the list!

    Liz
    anepicliz.com

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  7. thank you for the mini reviews! I'll check out some of them asap. Btw, you should check out the Percy Jackson series. I really enjoyed them(a total understatement #fangirl) and wanted to get you opinion :-)

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  8. Gulp looks so interesting, I'll definitely be picking it up on my next trip to the library!

    ♥Brooke

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  9. I've been debating if I wanted to read the Invisible Monsters Remix but it sounds like it was a fun read so I might go for it!
    teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

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  10. I actually started reading Stiff by Mary Roach a couple days ago. I got it from my boyfriend, who, though he loved Packing for Mars, juuuust wasn't into that many facts about dead bodies. I'm glad I caught him before he donated the book! I'm really enjoying it. I also just finished the first compendium of The Walking Dead, which covers the soft cover editions volumes 1-8. I devoured it in a week, reading about a book a day. I'm kind of disappointed now that I didn't buy both available compendiums at the same time! I think I'll have to look to Amazon when I finish up Stiff :)
    --Erin

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  11. You read the most interesting books. And I love that you love them. You don't have a "guilty pleasure" hidden book list from people (well, you might...?) you just own up to liking weird shit and that is all kinds of AWESOME! :)

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    1. Girl, there aint no sense in hiding the fact I like weird things. Owning up to it always works best. (No, I don't have a guilty pleasure" books list. Kind of almost wish I did though, although I'd fill it will completely normal books. Haha!)

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  12. I'm almost finished with Poser. It's a hilarious memoir about a woman in her 30s who decides to pick up yoga. Her writing is superb and has made me LOL on many occasions!

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  13. I couldn't tell from what you've written if you're aware that Candy Girl's author, Diablo Cody, is the woman who wrote Juno, Jennifer's Body, and Young Adult? I haven't read her memoir yet, but I'm quite keen on her movies and general persona. Jennifer's Body and Young Adult in particular are fabulous and don't fall into the twee trap that Juno shifts in and out of.

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    1. Yep, I'm aware. I've seen them all in movie form and wasn't really that impressed (especially with Juno. I HATE JUNO.) Candy Girl was incredible though! I want more like that from her.

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  14. I didn't know there was other book of Invisible Monsters!
    I read the first one and I really like it.
    Gulp sounds interesting so I'll probably take a look next time I go to the library (=

    Maria x

    craftyowl93.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm so glad you read Candy Girl!! I loove Diablo Cody. She's hilarious. She also wrote the screenplay for Juno, and she's super funny on Twitter. Also, Gulp sounds like a super interesting read. :)

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  16. I am reading The Help right now (haven't seen the movie) and about to start the Happiness Project.

    Its funny what you said about reading in the car, I just realized I haven't been reading as much because I got my license and don't take the bus anymore! I had to figure out different times for doing my reading for school as well because I was using my commute to get it all done.

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  17. You read the most interesting books! I started reading How To Make Love Like A Porn Star after you mentioned it so I am definitely interested in reading other stripper memoirs.

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  18. Hmm now I'm curious to read Invisible Monsters Remix! One more to my to read book pile. I try to get her down, but she always keep growing! You have a good taste in books!

    Kisses
    Sofia G

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  19. I read an interview with Ron Jeremy in a paper a year or so ago, and he seemed absolutely hilarious. I bet that book is a great read.

    I don't know how you can read in the car! It makes me feel so sick!

    Becky
    xx

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  20. eek this post was made for me. I literally just facebooked asking friends for book recommendations AND I also made the goal of 30 books this year! I have fallen behind with having so much reading to do for work and study though but I'm sure we can do it! Thank you for the read recommendations!
    xox

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  21. You make me feel terrible. I've set myself the goal of 30 books this year too but I'm only 3 in! I'll have to get reading.

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  22. I always love your "What I've Been Reading" posts because you have such a similar taste in books to me, I can always find at least two books to read from each post.

    I've just finished reading "The Radioactive Boy Scout", which is based off of the true story of David Hahn, who built a nuclear reactor in his mum's pottery shed in the 90's. And, I've got to say, as soon as I finished reading it, you were the first person I wanted to recommend it to! haha

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  23. I just finished "Stiff"...picked it up at the thrift store! It was so good, I was going to get Gulp in the near future. Glad it hear it was great!

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  24. have you ever tried listening to books on tape? if you're driving a lot (or driving by yourself eventually) then maybe this could be a way for you to keep up a little more. i know not everyone is into audiobooks— i didn't think i'd like them— but back when i was working 12 hours a day it was nice to listen to something with a story! i don't have any book recommendations but Gulp sounds fascinating!

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    1. I haven't. I really enjoy reading but I might give them a shot. Thanks for mentioning that, I really never even considered it.

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  25. Do you have a list of your all time favorite reads? I love these reviews you have been doing but an extra page on your blog of your favorites would be extra helpful for summer reading to not have to sort through the less good reads and because we have very similar likes too! :) thanks for the awesome posts
    btw I dont know if anyone or even if I have recommended Scar Tissue which is Anthony Keidis of the Chili Peppers biography but I really enjoyed it :)

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    1. No, I don't but that is an excellent idea! I will definitely do that.
      :)

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  26. Hello! I've been reading your blog but never commenting for a while now. I feel like we have pretty similar taste in books (I've read everything Chuck Palahniuk has ever written), so I thought I might recommend two books to you.

    1.) I'm Not Myself These Days
    http://www.amazon.com/Am-Not-Myself-These-Days/dp/0060817321
    This one you might have already come across but I thought it was worth suggesting just in case. It is the memoir of guy who is an advertising consultant by day and drag queen with a serious drinking problem by night.

    2.) The Dead Travel Fast
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Dead-Travel-Fast-Nosferatu/dp/B0046HAL4S
    This chronicles the history of vampires from history to popular culture. It is great because the author includes personal stories about his experiences doing research for the book which include meeting up with a group of so called real life psychic vampires that he met on the internet and taking a tour of Transylvania with a group of people who each have their own quirky personalities.

    Ok! Hope you get a chance to check these out.
    I really enjoy reading your book reviews :D

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    1. Those sound great! Thank you so much!! :)

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  27. Oh my goodness, I loved candy girl!! I found it at a thrift shop and read it so fast, too. Definitely laughed out loud.

    I second radioactive boy scout. It's a great book, although one I read back in Jr hi originally. I've reread it since

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  28. Ok! First off, Candy Girl and Invisible Monsters are probably in my all time top ten books. Invisible Monsters was my first Palahniuk, so its definitely a soft spot for me! I am eager to read the remix because it seems like a choose your own adventure book for people that dig pill popping drag queens. Also, I am pretty sure Diablo Cody was slated to be working on an update of the Sweet Valley High books and make a movie as well...at least that's what I heard last. I am intrigued by this prospect, what can I say?

    I can't wait to read Gulp, even though I wasn't crazy about Bonk. One would think a book packed with sex facts would be a favorite.

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  29. I love Chuck Palahniuk so that one is a must for me! And the Gulp one sounds super interesting too!

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  30. I'm currently ready Mindy Kaling's book, although I too suffer from being too distracted so I'm not getting through it was quickly as I thought I would. Candy Girl sounds like a fun read, I'll have to give it a try!

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  31. Have you read 'John Dies at the End'? It's super strange, and SUPER enjoyable! I just finished in within a couple days and I swear it doesn't end how you might expect=P

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    1. No, I haven't but I'll check in to it.
      Thanks! :)

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  32. Such a great post - I have a pile of books that I need to read but I am always open to more to add to the pile!

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  33. I've been reading up on the Marx Brothers!

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  34. Bummer! Sorry you didn't like my suggestion (Assuming the Position). I will have to think harder next time...

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  35. I've put so many of your books on my reading list! I'm an AVID reader!! I probably read around 50 books or so a year. I can't wait to finish what's on my current to-read list and check out some of the books you say you're reading!

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