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What I've been reading

Monday, February 09, 2015

What I've been reading...
Pimp by Iceberg Slim
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
The Last Time I Wore A Dress by Daphne Scholinski

I've read lots of books by women in the sex industry. Those might even be my favorite kinds of books. There are lots of misconceptions about these women and I LOVE reading their stories. I read Pimp because I thought it would be interesting to read more from the viewpoint of a male in the sex industry...except I didn't stop to consider the fact that pimps aren't exactly good people. Exploitation of anyone is awful so needless to say I hated this book. Maybe some part of me hoped that pimps weren't awful people but this book just reinforced the fact that they definitely are. It seemed like every other word was "bitch" and he often talks of abusing the women in his life. Subject matter aside, the book was riddled with typos, misspellings and misuse of quotation marks. I may not be the best at punctuation but even I know names don't need quotation marks. Okay, "Iceberg Slim"? Looking for something written by a male in the sex industry? Try Chicken instead.

The Last Time I Wore A Dress was great. It's the story of Daphne Scholinski who at fifteen years old was committed to a mental institution with a diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder. Her treatment included some obviously ridiculous things such as wearing make-up, swinging her hips while she walked, and wearing dresses. It's a chilling look at the mental health system in the 80s. It's a super quick read that you'll want just keep reading and reading. Highly recommended especially if you're a fan of Girl, Interrupted.

In my last What I've been reading post I declared my love for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Immediately after finishing it I started reading the sequel, Hollow City. Uggggh. So good! Hollow City was a seamless sequel. I think that might be the first one I've ever read that complimented the first book so perfectly. Sequels are always scary when you really enjoyed the first book or movie because your expectations are so high. Nah, not this one, I loved every second. Do yourself a favor, go read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children then read Hollow City. You're welcome.
What have you been reading?
xoxo

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33 thoughts

  1. Ooh! Had no idea there was a sequel to 'Miss Peregrine...'
    Monday book treat I think! :) So excited
    A x

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  2. I love how old and torn Pimp looks. I love old books, they look like they have been read by a lot of people. Thank you for the update!

    http://helloquietude.blogspot.com.br/

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  3. Just finished The Good Nurse (thanks btw!) an am on to Heart Of Darkness by Conrad then siddhartha by Hesse, the fellowship of ghosts by Watkins and Cold Hearts by Staalesen! I also picked up Perv and Curtains as per your suggestions!!!

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  4. Hello there, did you hear that they are making Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children a movie? It is going to be a Tim Burton flick.

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  5. Wow, that book "The Last Time I Wore A Dress" looks really interesting… I love "Girl, Interrupted," so I might have to give it a try!

    Circus & Bloom
    ♥♥♥

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  6. My pleasure books have been patiently waiting for me on my bedroom shelf, but this post has inspired me to feed my inner bookworm today. Hahah So thank you!
    And I'll try to look up The Last Time I Wore A Dress; it sounds like something I'd be interested in reading.

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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  7. The last time I wore a dress seems like a great read, I love books that give readers little snippets into what life used to be like, I'm sure reading a book like that makes you realise just how far we have come in terms of acceptance:) x

    Abbie|Thoughtsandthunder

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  8. I love your "what I've been reading" posts! Though it doesn't help that my To Read list is terribly long and only getting longer. I've taken to audiobooks recently because I have so many projects and not enough free time to read. I listened to Amy Poehler's "Yes, Please!" and am just now finishing up on Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game"

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    1. Did you like Amy Poehler's book?

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    2. I did! She's funny and sentimental, and has some great anecdotes about her life.

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  9. I just finished Ready Player One, which at first glance may not look super interesting. I recommend reading the reviews for descriptions. It's full of 80s references and not high tech. Adding the Last Time I Wore A Dress! Thanks!

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  10. Im currently reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - loving it!!! Will definitely read the sequel!!

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  11. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been on my "to-read" list for too long. It's good to know that the sequel is good too! Also, I'm going to have to check out The Last Time I Wore A Dress. Thanks for sharing your reads!

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  12. I must add some of these to my "to read" list, I'm really running out of stuff at the moment :)

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  13. These are all great recommendations!
    I've been reading Kelly Oxford's "Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar" and "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler!

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    1. Oh! Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar sounds funny. Are you enjoying it?

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  14. Sorry if this sends twice, but I watched this documentary on PBS about sex trafficking in the US. It offers a really important perspective on sex work and seems like something you'd be interested in.

    http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/path-appears/

    Its kinda annoying that they bring celebrities into it, but I definitely still recommend it.

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    1. Thank you! Definitely something I'm interested in.

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  15. Cool, I didn't realize there was a sequel to Ms. Peregrine's. (Definitely wanted there to be one.) Will have to check that one out.

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    1. Yep! There will be a 3rd one out soon too!

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  16. I know the author of The Last Time I Wore a Dress, he is an amazing teacher and artist.

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  17. Trying to read a great hospitality based book called " Heads in Beds " It's supposed to be a hilarious book about all the things that happen behind closed doors of the hospitality industry. Excited to actually start reading again. :-)

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    1. I read that last year, definitely enjoyed it!

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  18. The second book sounds interesting, books that go over topics like that are always good to read and I've been looking for new books to read!

    janetteamelia.blogspot.com

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  19. The Last Time I Wore a Dress sounds interesting. Though I'm not sure why she was sent to a mental institution for being gay.

    http://heidepadilla.blogspot.com/

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  20. I really enjoy reading about what you're reading! (Ha!) I read Miss Peregrine and, though I liked it, wasn't going to continue the series.. but maybe I'll give the second book a try. Are you over on GoodReads? Would love to add you!

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    1. I am, but I don't update it. Everyone always asks that, maybe I'll actually spend some time on there someday.

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  21. I already put on my to read list on goodreads Miss Perigrines sequel :D

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  22. I've got a book suggestion for you. "Detroit" by Charlie LeDuff. I think you'll really enjoy it.

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