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

What I've been reading...

Monday, December 02, 2013

Five more books down. I've read 37 books so far this year! Wahoo! That's two more than last year and seven more than my goal for this year. I'm shooting for three more before the end of 2013. It shouldn't be too hard at all, especially since I have the three I want to read picked out and I'm very excited about each of them. 
What I've been reading...
The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart
Candy Everybody Wants by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us by Jesse Bering
Lettin It All Hang Out by RuPaul

I am super sad to say that Lettin It All Hang Out was my least favorite of the bunch. I'm a huge RuPaul fan and I've been aching to get my paws on this book for a long time. It's apparently kind of rare or at least judging by the average price on Amazon that's what I've come to assume. I fiiiiinally snagged a copy and immediately tore in. The book is kind of a mess, not so much the writing but the layout. I'm all for books with photos, especially of the fabulous RuPaul but squeezing them onto the page along with text is an eyesore. Not to mention I kind of got a bad taste of RuPaul in my mouth. I was hoping to find out he was super down to earth but he came across as full of himself. You can only read someone saying how much of a star they are so many times before it just gets old. I honestly feel bad typing that, I adore RuPaul, or at least what I've seen of him on television, but this book was a bummer in my opinion.

The other four books were excellent though! Candy Everybody Wants was great. It was really easy to get sucked into the story. I'm quickly becoming a big fan of Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

I've been waiting anxiously for Doomed to come out since the second Chuck Palahniuk announced he'd written a sequel to Damned. I think I actually like it more than Damned! It was definitely a strange book but the in the very best way. It's a bit outlandish at time, which almost sounds funny to comment on considering the whole plot itself is outlandish, but I still really enjoyed it.

The Earth Moved is definitely an interesting read. I'm not sure most people really think about how incredible earthworms are, I certainly didn't! Amy Stewart takes a strange subject and makes it incredibly interesting. I'd recommend this book for any fans of Mary Roach. It's science writing that everyone can understand and appreciate.

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us was my absolute favorite. I read the whole book in two sittings, it was so good. With the subjects ranging from foot fetishes to pedophiles to objectophilia this book is sure to amuse and perhaps make you uncomfortable. I highly recommend it as well as his other book Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That?
xoxo

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  1. I'm excited to finish what I have lined up, and start on the books you've been recommending in this series of posts. We like a lot of the same authors so I trust your taste.
    Have you had a chance to see Mary Roach live? I went to her meeting with readers during the Gulp book tour, she has incredible energy and, expectedly, she's hilarious.

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    1. No, I wish! I'm always checking her dates and none of them have been even remotely close. I hope she comes near me next book tour.

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  2. Oh! Also, I think changes are always good but I do miss the little mushroom doubling as a letter!

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  3. Ive read Geek love! Its all becoz of u. And u dont know how big deal it is for me. Im from Malaysia and cant find the book anywhere so i bought it tru Amazon for 30usd after custom and everything. But its worth every page!I wish i could read all ur -what ive been reading book list.

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    1. That's awesome!! I'm so glad you loved it!
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  4. I am super pumped to read Perv, I've never heard of it before and it seems right up my alley. I really admire the way you stay true to yourself and your interests while still maintaining an approachable and fun blog. I'm in the process of developing my own blogspot and figuring out my 'tone,' and the balance you strike is quite remarkable and inspiring.

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  5. I'm always on the lookout for new books to read and you always have such a charming collection that I've not seen or heard of. I'm compiling a Christmas list of books and I think I'll be adding a couple more to it!

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  6. I love that you read so many non- fiction. I never think about getting any unless I'm browsing the library and something catches my eye. I'd be really interested in reading Perv, although I think I'd probably read it at home rather than my usual habit of reading on the train to work!
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Haha! If you're embarrassed you could always put another book's dust cover over the top of Perv. Once you start it though you're not going care who sees you reading it, you're just going to want to reeeeeead.

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  7. Aww i really sad to read that about RuPaul !! out of all the books that would have been the one i would of bought ! I hate finding out some one you like isn't as down to earth or as nice as you thought :(

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  8. I can't wait to read PERV! Jesse Bering was on Conan a while back and I thought the interview and tidbits from the book were super funny/interested.

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    1. Ohhhh! This is one of those times I'm bummed out I don't watch TV. Although I bet I could find it online!

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  9. Oooh...adding some of these to my to-read list. Have you read the Oryx and Crake series yet? The first book - "Oryx and Crake" came out yeeears ago, but I'm just reading the other two ("Maddaddam") now and it's amazing! It's set in this weird post-biological-weaponed world and most things in it are imaginary but not too far off from real life...so good. I think you might like them! :)

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    1. Hmm! Sounds interesting. I'll look into them. Thank you, Michelle!
      :)

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  10. i felt the same way about the rupaul book when i read it a few years ago. it is pretty old though, i've been wanting to read his newer book to see if it is the same. he seems much more down to earth now. do you watch the rupaul in the car interviews on the world of wonder youtube? i really love those.

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    1. I saw a lot of people saying his newer books were just fluff. I liked the idea of this one because I was curious about learning more about him and his life. Let me know if you like his new books though.

      No, I haven't but I'll have to watch those soon. :)

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  11. I really love your book posts. Such great and unique recommendations.

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  12. I really love reading your book posts.I haven't read a new Palahniuk book in so long, but you're inspired me too!

    I'm considering setting my self a reading goal for next year, I find it so difficult to put time aside to read... but maybe that will force me too because I really really love reading!


    chloex
    www.bythelock.com

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  13. I'm up to 45 this year, thanks again for inspiring me! And obviously, lots of others!

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  14. I heard about Perv (I guess it was on Conan's but I'm not sure anymore) and it sounded super awesome! Now I'm even more intrigued!
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    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  15. I am so glad you continued to read more from Josh Kilmer-Purcell! He is such a great story teller. I was able to meet him last spring and found he is so down to earth and very witty. I will have to check out some of these other books as well, they all sound very intriguing!

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  16. I love the new blog layout Kaylah and I can't believe you read 37 books so far! That is amazing. I really love your reading material, you have an interesting taste :)

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  17. Thank you for the great tips!
    Just found your blog, so happy about it! : )

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  18. Here ya go:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQfROU9Mbos

    I really wish there were "serious" talk shows with author/movie guests, because I LOVE listening to intelligent conversations about subject matter like this without the jokey undertones. So cool!

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  19. by the way, this may sound totally random, but have you ever read anything by Gillian Flynn? I love her books and for some reason I think you'd like them as well!
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    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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  20. I have just about finished Geek Love and MAN! Is that a story or what!?!? I would have never thought to pick it up on just a whim, but after reading what you had to say about it, I wanted to take it for a spin. What a GREAT BOOK! I look forward to seeing what your reading suggestions are now because of it. Too many times have I walked into the bookstore and get overwhelmed with choices. I think Stiff by Mary Roach will be next.

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  21. i always love to read about what others are reading! gets me all excited and inspired for my to-read list :)
    xo, cheyenne

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