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

What I've been reading...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I've definitely been slacking the reading department lately. Like I said in my last "What I've been reading post" it's because I did the majority of my reading in the car and now that I've got my license I'm rarely ever the passenger. I wasn't making the time to read at home either. But all of a sudden something clicked and I'm back to having my nose in a book every second I get. I forgot how great it was to be completely absorbed in a book.
What I've been reading...
Women by Charles Bukowski
Live Nude Elf by Reverend Jen
Why Fish Fart by Francesca Could
Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger
Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks by David Henry Sterry

This was a pretty great batch of books, so I'll start with the one that didn't really impress me - Why Fish Fart. I like books that cover a variety of random questions (kind of like Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That? by Jesse Bering) But this one felt rushed, like the author didn't pour herself into research. A lot of the questions seemed like the were simply included for shock value and could have just been googled. You'd probably have ended up with better information that way too. Anyway, I'm glad I picked up this one in the discount section at the book store.

The other four were awesome. I'd been avoiding Life Nude Elf for some time. Amazon kept recommending it to me and I kept ignoring it because I hated the title and the fact it was by "Reverend" Jen kind of bugged me. Then someone recommended it to me in a "What I've been reading" post and I finally bought it. Well first let me apologize for being a jerk and avoiding a book because of the title and judging the author by what she chooses to go by because holy cow, that was a great book. I absolutely adore Reverend Jen now. She's funny, intelligent and can write a dang good book. I highly recommend this one.

Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks is a follow up to Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys which was one of the very first books on prostitution I ever read. It also fully surpassed the previous book. It was an incredible read. It's an anthology of "professionals and their clients writing about each other." I think that's what really won me over with this book is that is was really different to read from the clients perspective. As long as David Henry Sterry keeps putting out these books, I'll keep reading and buying because they're awesome!

Dermaphoria was a strange one. Had I not previously read (and absolutely loved) Clevenger's previous book, The Contortionist's Handbook, I might not have finished this one. It took a while to get into, and a while to understand what exactly was going on. At least for me, maybe you'll get it right away. But it turned out to be a great book. The kind that when someone catches you finishing it and asks what you thought your response is "don't talk to me yet, I'm still absorbing." The kind you think about for days after.

Women, my very first Bukowski book! It was repetitive, and kind of lacking a plot but somehow I loved it anyway. Like I mentioned in a post a few days back I'd had this book sitting on my shelf for around two years before finally picking it up. Guess it was just the right time for me to read it because I tore through it. I'm anxiously awaiting my birthday when I'll hopefully be receiving more of Bukowski's books to manically read.
So, what have you been reading?

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

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  1. I kinda blew off Mary Roach even with your glowing reviews until i saw all my other favorite bloggers reading them as well, now I own them all and am 71st in line to read Gulp at the library. Ive been cruising through classics like Dickens, Faulkner and Mccarthy and loving it!

  2. I <3 Bukowski. His humor and douchebaggery always surprises me.

    Vintage Amore

  3. I just got into Bukowski as well, I read Post Office and Factotum, which also revolve around his alter ego Chinaski. I'm not sure if I liked him or not. It was one of those books for me where I really can't tell if I loved it or hated it! I will have to try Women and see how that one is for me.

  4. I always get so excited when you have a new book post up! Definitely going to be checking some of these out.

  5. Oh man! I read Live Nude Elf a couple years back, and I LOVED it. She is such a fantastic writer, and the humour she injects in to the content was just so fun to read. So glad you liked it!
    I'm currently reading Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, partly just for fun and partly as inspiration for a show I'm designing. The book takes place in Russia in the 1930's/40's, as well as an intertwined magical realm inhabited by the creatures of Russian folktales. It's not as light and fluffy as all that though, but rather a bit dark, deals with the practical and social effects of the institution of communism, and of course there's some romance, and a little bit of war. I'm REALLY enjoying it.

    1. This book sounds like a really good read! I'm going to check it out.
      - Lauren

  6. Great picks :) I feel the same about Bukowski! Something is just so engaging about the stories.
    Rosie x

  7. wow you've been reading quite a lot! I totally understand you, sometimes I don't get to read at all and then all of a sudden something clicks and I read everything on my bookshelf! haha
    I will have to search for these! :)
    Ester from Drawing Dreaming

  8. You should check out my favorite author, Aimee Bender. The last book I read was.... I don't know! Quite sad for a librarian.

    Life of Mabel

  9. I've gone back to my childhood loves and am reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the second Percy Jackson book in preparation for the movie. I still love these books, no matter how many years older I get. xx


  10. I used to love a bit of Charles, I find his books quite dark though, I have to be feeling a bit sorry for myself to start reading one of his xx

    Girl About Chelts

  11. I just started reading again as well! The book I just finished is "Alice I have Been". It was recommended to me by my best friend, its historical fiction about the girl who inspired the book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Its a very good read, it has slightly dark undertones but it is so captivating, I highly recommend it.

  12. The book i am reading right now is called: The Skeptics Guide to the Paranormal" its pretty good its the science behind some paranormal stuff. Easy to read.

  13. It's awesome that you read so much nonfiction. I work at a library, and a pet peeve of mine is when adults act like children are the only ones who need to learn new things.

    Right now, I'm reading a historical fiction novel (These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine), a graphic novel (The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You), a bilingual children's poetry book (Angels Ride Bikes), and making my way through a pretty awesome cookbook (Betty Crocker's Vegetarian Cooking).

    I stay so busy with my reading since I work where I do, but I just can't help myself when I'm surrounded by so many promising books!

  14. Ah I think I prematurely hit send - but I just picked up "The Moon by Whale Light" and it's about animals which sounds great. I always love your book selections!

  15. Have you read Why do Men have Nipples? And the other book in that series? They cover similar questions

  16. I always love seeing what you're reading because it helps me add to my to-read list--not that it needs to be any longer.

    Right now I'm reading "Death by Black Hole" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I'm not sure how into astrophysics you are, but it's definitely a fascinating book (and this is coming from an English major who didn't have much luck in her science classes ever). I've always had a soft spot for space, though.

    I read Bukowski's "Post Office" a few years ago and have been wanting to read more by him since then. I'll have to check the used bookstore when I go back to see if I can find something. I'd be surprised if they didn't have anything by him.

  17. Currently reading Game of Thrones!

  18. I'm like you, I've really slacked off in the reading department- but unlike you, haven't got my motivation back entirely. Maybe one day soon! PS- I could never read in the car. Ugh. Major motion sickness- bummer!

  19. I just finished the Game of Thrones series. I'm not sure how much you like novels, but I'd recommend "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman. It's kind of on the fairytale side but it's wonderful!


  20. I'm looking forward to finding some more "romance" novels, I recently read an awesome anthology. Also want to check out the second wildwood book and maybe read Damned.

  21. I read 'Kiss Me First' by Lottie Moggach in a couple of hours earlier this week - it was a great, you should check it out!

  22. To Sierra F., the Game of Thrones series hasn't ended yet. Not sure if you knew that GRRM has more coming out in that series. Just wanted to let you know :)

  23. Just finished The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski. I cannot say how much I adore this book. I read 3-4 books a week so to say this book is now in my top 50 is a big deal. In the top 10 for the year as well. AMAZING book!!

    I encourage everyone to try it. It's her first novel and an astonishing piece of fiction.

  24. Bukowski is my favorite!! Women was the first book I read by him as well. I don't know if you are a fan of poetry but his poetry is simply brilliant and entertaining. I've found every thing I've read by him engrossing. Sometimes you're just in the mood for Buk.


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