Sunday, November 30, 2008

-- Dag, that's a lot of books!

I just checked out Dan's blog post about all the books he's reading (there are 22 on his list!) and exclaimed out loud "Damn, you're reading a lot!" He laughed. "That doesn't even include the magazines and audio books I'm working on!"

wow. My hero.

Here's what I'm currently reading:

The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Alberto Urrea. Set in 1800s Mexico, a charming tale about how a young girl captivates the hearts and minds of the Mexican people. I wasn't turned on by the book jacket description:
"Miracles and passion abound in this mesmerizing novel -- everywhere hailed as a masterwork -- the story of a young woman whose gifts as a healer lend her the aura of a saint, and who must come to terms with a surprising destiny as all of Mexico rises in revolution, crying out her name."
Not only did it not turn me on, but it turned me off -- I'm not big into saints and this just makes the entire thing sound flaky. But I got the book anyway, because I love Urrea and I have not been disappointed. It's absolutely entrancing.

When you are engulfed in flames, David Sedaris

A wolf at the table, Augusten Burroughs -- I stopped reading this at some point though because it's so dark I just needed a break. It's a memoir about Augusten's dark childhood and damaging father. It's the only book of his I have not read though, and I mean to finish it.

Plato and a platypus walk into a bar: Understanding philosophy through jokes.

Diary of an emotional idiot, Maggie Estep. I've abandoned all else to read this nonstop the last few days. I picked it up Thanksgiving day and could not put it down. Set in diary form detailing one woman's fast-paced life filled with dysfunctional lovers and ribald exploits. Hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time.

There's also a few pubs: UC Berkeley California's Wellness Letter, Bottom Line Health, The Funny Times, The Week, Oprah (YES I like Oprah, don't make me defend it), Pesticides & You, and our local town paper, the Bowie Blade News. And online: Google news, the stuff in my reader, and the Washington Post (but not everyday, though that's a goal -- that or the NY Times).

Have I mentioned I like to read?


kevin forgot said...

i'm reading bruce campbell's if chins could kill: confessions of a b movie actor. i find it kind of difficult to read books anymore because i could be watching a good movie or playing a sweet game instead.

Kelly O said...

Maggie Estep?! The same one that had a CD, "No More Mister Nice Girl"? I love her!

shera said...

Have you read Mary Roach(unfortunate name) yet? "Stiff" is quite possibly one of the most entertaining books I have ever read! Let's just say it's about the curious "lives" of cadavers...

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