what I've been readingWednesday, October 12, 2016
Guess who read two books last month and feels super accomplished! It's meeee! I know that I mention it every single time I talk about books but I really miss reading. At one point, a few years ago, I was a reading machine but these days I have trouble making the time to do it. Flights are the one time it's a guarentee I'm going to read so last month not only did I go on a road trip, I knocked out two books as well!
I used to always have a big stock pile of things to read but have honestly been having trouble finding things that interest me lately. Before leaving for vacation I ran to Half Price Books hoping to find Mary Roach's new book, Grunt. They were sold out but I spotted Bossypants on sale for around two bucks. I couldn't resist!
Let's drive right in! Bossypants, the book everyone and their mom was crazy about when it came out! I thought it was pretty good. I definitely had high expectations after seeing it everywhere for so many years. It was enjoyable but I felt like it jumped around a lot. There were also a few chapters that kind of just seemed like filler. Had Tina Fey not written it there's no way it would have been as popular of a book as it was. That's not to say I didn't like the book though, I chuckled out loud on the plane more than once, and was surprised to also find lots of advice sprinkled throughout. I particularly enjoyed short chapter titled "The Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat." Even though I have no ties to or interest in improv comedy the advice was SOLID. I bookmarked it and would actually love to find a summarized version to print out.
All in all, Bossypants was a pretty decent book. Nothing that will be added to my shelf of favorites but I'm glad to be able to finally cross it off my to read list.
I was nearly finished with Bossypants after the flight there and kind of panicked about what I'd do on the flight home. In Roswell, right down the street from our hotel, there was a Hastings. They're going out of business so I figured I could stop in and pick up something. The store was in complete disarry. I browsed for the longest time, trying to find something that looked interesting. I finally gave up and as I was heading out the door I spotted Grunt on clearance! SCORE!
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Yeah, to be honest, that doesn't sound interesting to me at all. A war book? Blerg. Based on the title, had it been written by anyone else, I wouldn't have given it a second thought. Mary Roach is my favorite non-ficton writer though. She can write about anything and somehow make it incredibly interesting so I knew no matter what it was actually about I had to read it.
Sooo, what sort of things does she write about in this book? Oh, I'm glad you asked! Medical maggots for cleaning wounds, combat medics that train on a re-purposed movie studio with amputee actors, and genital transplants! Also, military stink bombs! Literally "evil-smelling substances" made with purpose of "contaminating individuals' clothing!" Grunt does not disappoint. Its a real eye opener to just how complicated even the simplest seeming things can be to our troops. Her writing makes all of the subjects approachable, even to the layperson. I thoroughly enjoyed Grunt! My only complaint is that there wasn't more. I am forever left want more and more of her writing.
Of course, if you've never read anything by Mary Roach I can't recommend her enough. Gulp, Spook, Bonk, Stiff, and Packing for Mars are all excellent reads as well. I'm a massive fan. I want her to teach me about everything. Honestly, I cannot think of a subject she could write about that I wouldn't want to read about.
Also, I couldn't write this post without adding this in - LOOK WHAT I GOT IN THE MAIL! Mary Roach signed a book for meeeee! Dolly, you are the sweetest human being. I may or may not have cried when I opened this package.
What have you been reading? I'm always looking for recommendations! Normally I have a pretty large collection in my to-read pile but like I mentioned above, I'm struggling to find subjects that interest me right now. I need some new books in my life, especially since bathtub season is coming up. ;)
You can take a peek at all the other books I've blogged about under the "books" tag, and a list of my favorite books can be found here!