It's been a few months since I've updated you on my reading list. I'm only 1 book away from completing my goal to read 15 new to me books this year! Looks like I'll have to set the bar a bit higher next year. Here's what I've read since June.
1. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan: Jim is probably my favourite comedian. I can listen to his stand up over and over again and still find it funny. My fiance turned me on to Jim a few years ago and I've been hooked since then. Grant listens to comedy all the time and keeps up with some great comedy podcasts but I keep myself limited to a few comedians. I'm not a super uptight person and I swear fairly frequently but for some reason I like my comedy mostly clean. I think I'm the only person I know who isn't head-over-heels for Louis CK. I like his tv show but I can live without his stand up. Anyway, like Louis, Jim is a dad. He and his wife have 5 kids and live in a 2 bedroom apartment in NYC. Yes you read that right, 2 bedrooms. This book focuses on his life as a father of 5. For the most part, I loved this book but a whole book on fatherhood is a bit much. At least for me. I think I would only recommend this to people who love Jim or catholic fathers with an abundance of children.
2. Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth: I totally jumped on this bandwagon and now I cannot wait for Allegiant to come out! This series falls along the same lines as The Hunger Games in that it takes place in a distopian future society and follows the life a teenage girl rising up against her opressor. Even with the comparisons I still loved these books and if you liked THG series I would definitely recommend these books. Personally, I think that this series would be great for teenage girls because they could use some female role models that aren't shaking their asses for money.
3. I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman: Definitely my least favourite of the book I've read this year. I love Chuck and a lot of this book was interesting but I felt like he had his head up his ass a bit when he wrote this. That sounds pretty harsh, I know. Like the rest of Chuck's non-fiction, this book is composed of a series of essays. These essays all relate to the topic of villainy. Chuck is an excellent writer and he makes some great points in this book but at the end I felt like it was too pretentious. Everything was too over-analyzed, like a university paper written by a stoner who thinks he's got this genius idea. That being said, I would recommend any other book by Chuck, just not this one.
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Holy sobfest, Batman! I loved this book but man did I ever cry a bucket of tears. But what did I expect from a book about teens with cancer? If you've lost someone to cancer I don't know that I would recommend it because it will break your heart. Apparently I'm a masochist though and love to read depressing books. I'm planning on reading John's Looking for Alaska next.
5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: This is an epic first novel for such a young writer. Actually it's pretty epic for a writer of any age. I saw this on the best seller's list and then at Costco (yay cheap books!) so I picked it up. It's not what I expected it to be. It's science fiction, which generally isn't my bag but I was thoroughly impressed with this book. Set in a not-too-distant-future London, the book follows a young clairvoyant woman who is captured and imprisoned in an off the maps Oxford. The world that Samantha Shannon has created is pretty amazing and shows she has quite the imagination. She has a lot left up her sleeves too since this is the first book in a series of seven.
6. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff: I went on a bit of a young adult novel binge. This book along with Divergent, Insurgent, and The Fault in our Stars falls into that category. Don't let that deter you because the material in each of these novels is still very heavy. How I Live Know is somewhat like a modern fictional Anne Frank story. Set in England and told from the perspective of 15 year old Daisy, the book shares her story as she visits family when a world war breaks out. The war is fictional, we never learn who the "enemy" is, and the novel is set in modern times. This book was also heart breaking but incredibly captivating. It was a quick read but it will stick with me.
What are you reading now? I'm in the middle of reading Billy by Pamela Stephenson, a biography about Billy Connolly written by his wife. He's a comedian I don't mind hearing swear prolifically :)