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

What I've been reading...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Another five books down toward my new year's goal of 30, which leaves me at 27 read. Not too shabby considering the unexpected reading hiatus I took. I'm starting to notice this really bad habit of not reading at all then all of a sudden spending every waking second trying to squeeze reading time in. Right now I'm in the obsessive reader stage right now.
What I've been reading...
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Factotum by Charles Bukowski
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane
My Planet by Mary Roach

As always I'll start with my least favorite first, Riding Rockets. Riding Rockets started strong, I'll give it that. He had me laughing out loud in public! I spent all day at the beach reading it and barely made a dent. It just didn't seem to be an easy read for me. I wanted to like it so bad but after a while it just felt too repetitive to enjoy. I struggled through the last half of the book (if not a bit longer) because I didn't want to read it but felt obligated to finish it.

My Planet by Mary Roach was pretty great. It's a collection of her Reader's Digest columns. You definitely shouldn't go into it expecting Stiff, Bonk or any of her other books, at all. They're all short stories centered around her life. I loved it because I got a glimpse at one of my favorite author's personal life and because even in short essays Mary Roach is still funny as heck.

Ham on Rye, Factotum and Post Office. My boy Bukowski, oh goodness! I did have to take a little break after reading these three in a row (and Women right before that) because his writing did start to bring me down. I can only handle so many crummy relationships, and so much drinking before it bums me out. That being said, I'm still madly in love with Bukowski. I loved each one of these three books. I couldn't pick a favorite because they're all very similar, Women included. They're great books alone but reading them all together, even out of order like I did, is the best! I'm totally bummed I only have a few Bukowski novels left to read.
What have you been reading lately?
xoxo

1 // Spell check is suggesting I change "Bukowski" to "buckskin", I literally snorted giggling.
2 // To see what else I've read lately you can use the "books" tag.
3 //Tooth planter from Hello Sweetie.

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  1. I love these 'What I've been reading posts of yours'. You should read more often ;-)

    My Planet looks good. I might put that one on my TBR list.

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  2. It's always great to get some new book suggestions, I have a habit of re-reading my favourites over and over. At the moment, I'm reading 'Mrs Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf and while her writing style can take a little getting used to, it's really pulling me into the story and I'm enjoying it a lot ^_^

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  3. I'm like you - I binge on reading for days and weeks and then I never want to pick up a book. And then the cycle starts again!

    I'm not even a quarter of the way through the second Game of Thrones book... I finished the first one in a week! I also have to finish the Steve Jobs biography and a million other smaller novels!

    I think with fall coming, it's the perfect time for me to grab a cup of tea and sit on my porch and read all evening every evening. :)

    <3
    carelessly graceful

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  4. I finally read Stiff after seeing your book post about it and realizing I had it tucked away on my shelf. I read it on my honeymoon, which lead to some interesting conversations at bedtime... "hey honey, did you know...." I love this goal of yours and you are so close! Good job!

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  5. I need to check out that Mary Roach book. She has yet to let me down (except spook which was not the greatest, but not the worst). I love her because she's insanely brilliant but her humor keeps her from being off putting.

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  6. Riding Rockets seems a great book. Isn't it? Well, i kind interesting to read it! :)
    Irene Wibowo

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  7. I've been making my way through 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, who's one of my favorite authors and who I highly suggest to you. (I'd start with Sputnik Sweetheart or Norwegian Wood if you look into him.)

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  8. I am definitely going to read some more Bukowski, you've inspired me :) I hate that feeling when you're so far through a book and you keep going because you feel you have too. Sucks so hard!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  9. My Planet is the Mary Roach book I've still yet to read! She's one of my favorite authors too, and I really do need to get around to it.

    I mostly read science-related non-fiction, but I recently read The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and really enjoyed it, even though I'm so picky about novels.

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  10. Do you use Good Reads at all? It's pretty fun as far as books in the "I'm reading," I've Read," and "too read" as well as widgets for your blog!

    cheers
    :D

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  11. Joe R. Lansdale for me. I am reading "Leather Maiden" by him at the moment.

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  12. Lucky if I can get through one book a year... I get halfway through and totally lose interest. Must be A.D.D. or perhaps I'm just old?

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    1. You might just be reading boring books! I used to be like that too but then found a niche of books I liked. Slowly but surely I'm finding more and more I like and LOVE reading.

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  13. I don't know if you are a Stephen King fan, but he has some really great books! Misery is slow at the beginning, but it really picks up and is really good.
    He also has a book called Night Shift and it's a collection of short stories. It's awesome. Especially Jerusalem's Lot! You'll finish it and be calling everyone you know to tell the the crazy shiz you just read.

    XOXO
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    E

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    1. I used to read Stephen King was I was younger but haven't touched anything of his in a while. I love Misery the movie, maybe I should give the book a shot!

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  14. I started reading the first of the Game of Thrones books. I really like it, I'm just such a slow reader...the series will last me quite a bit!
    ~MagicCatJenny~

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  15. I love Mary Roach! Do you have a goodreads account?

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  16. I know EXACTLY what you mean about being either not reading at all, or obsessive page turner. Recently I decided to tackle the Harry Potter series (only 15 years late) and got through the first four books in 5 days. Now that I'm on the fifth book, I'm back into "not in the mood to read" mode.

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  17. How I have not heard of any of these books, I do not know?! It's been a while since I've read a book of short stories and yet they can be just as powerful as novels. I ought to pick up reading short stories more. Thanks for the reminder!

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  18. Lots of Bukowski! I've never read him, but he sounds pretty interesting, so I'll have to check him out! I'm on a reading goal myself, trying to read 25 by year end (I'm at a 16) which is I think right on schedule!

    Love the reviews though, I look forward to reading some more!

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  19. Bukowski! I can't believe it took me so long to read his stuff. Ham on Rye is so sad. I love everything he's done. Maybe give his poetry or short stories a read next? He has a lot of collections of them.

    If you're into Bukowski, maybe give Alex Garland a try?

    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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    1. I actually have a book of Bukowski's poetry I'm going to give a shot. The thing is though, I am not a fan of poetry. But I'm hoping I'll dig it since I like his other work.

      And I'll definitely look Alex Garland up, thanks! :)

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  20. Ah! Thank you for sharing where you got the planter. I'm kind of obsessed with creepy/cute and I feel like that would be right at home with my other stuff.

    On to the books! I'm on the fifth book of the Mallory's Oracle series by Carol O'Connell and I'm floored by it. I actually took a break in the beginning of the first book because I didn't think that I could get into it, but I'm glad I came back to it because it only took a chapter or two more to get me hooked. It's a great mystery series if you're into that kinda stuff, but there is violence and abuse and ya know, murder.
    Anyway, they're really great and I highly recommend the series. I've finished the fourth book in two/three days. So addicting.

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  21. I just checked out 'Candy Girl' from my public library based on your previous review. But I was reading about the author, and Diablo Cody also wrote and produced Jennifer's Body, and Juno! Thought that was pretty cool!
    Thanks for inspiring me to read more!

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  22. I started reading Mary Roach on your rec, thanks for the heads up about another of her books! I'm still waiting for Gulp to come in on interlibrary loan, have you read that one yet?

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    1. Yep! It was GREAT! Mary Roach never disappoints!

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  23. I love your reading posts! I always find at least a few books to add to my wish list. :D I recently finished reading Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury and once I was done I totally thought it might be something you'd like! It was spooky and brilliant and made me reminisce about being a kid in a beautifully nostalgic way. I also read The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw recently and I think you may enjoy that one too!

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  24. I really get you with that struggle.It happens to me all the time,I have periods I ready excessively and then other periods,I don't feel like reading at all.
    By the way your reading posts are great.

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