Sunday, December 12, 2010

Why I'm a Compulsive Reader

I would like to offer this explanation of why I read so much. I can't help it.

Seriously, it's an occupational hazard. What happens is this, I'm at work, minding my own business, just buying new books for the library when I run across book titles like the ones listed below. Now, you tell me if you don't just really want to read a few of them...

How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar's Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks
by R.I.M. Dunbar can only have 150 friends. I can't help but want to know why...and then mentally count up who my 150 friends are...(they certainly include anyone who actually reads and comments on my silly little blog)

The Secret Life of Your Cat: Unlock the Mysteries of your Pet's Behavior
by Vicky Hall
I don't actually want to read this...I don't really understand wanting a pet, let alone wanting to understand your pet. But I still think it's a great title for a book.

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
by Peggy Orenstein
I MUST read this book. The title is amazing and the whole idea just screams to be investigated.

The Man Whisperer: A Gentle, Results-Oriented Approach to Communication
by Donna Sozio
Does this book remind anyone of a little movie titled "When a Man Answers"? I have no intention to read this book...but, again, it still intrigues a little.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
by Elisabeth Tova Balley
I am reading this book right now and it is pretty good. Not as good as it's title, but that is really close to being the best title I've seen in months...ever since "Here's Looking at Euclid".

Science of Kissing: What Our Lips are Telling Us
by Sheril Kirshenbaum
Don't laugh...I am sooo excited to read this book! It "explores the act of kissing from a scientific perspective, from the history of kissing to how it differs in different cultures to the effects of lip gloss..." Good stuff, eh?

The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker
by Roger Ebert
I'm totally not making that up!

Creative Paper Jewerly
by Dafna Yarom't know what to say. I didn't know there was paper jewelry...and I don't actually intend to find out about it....but look at that necklace!

Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot and Never Will
by Judith Schalansky
Totally sounds like my kind of travel book! Learn all about a beautiful new place without having to deal with all the sand and sunburns.

Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools,
Including the Author
by Donovan Hohn
Love it. Totally makes me think of another book I really wanted to read this year and never got around to..."Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Da
nger of Everyday Things".

We, Robot: Skywalker's Hand, Blade Runner, Iron Man, Slutbots, and How Fiction Became Fact
by Mark Stephen Meadows
Brilliant title...but the reviews didn't actually make it sound all that interesting. The title is a bit misleading.

Well, anyway there are just a few books that caught my eye this past week. I probably won't get around to reading most of them...but I want to, and that is what keeps the pile of books by my bed so tall. And keep in mind, these are just the nonfiction books, fiction titles can be just as say "Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right."

But I think I've made my point.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Book Reviews...I'm Way Behind!!

So, I haven't kept up on this, so I thought I'd catch up tonight. I haven't LOVED anything recently...but I've read some good stuff and some dumb stuff. More complete reviews at:

Blind Descent by James Tabor
If you don't have claustrophobia before reading will after.

Defending Angels by Mary Stanton
Silly supernatural mystery waste of my time.

Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
Not squeaky clean, but I really liked it and would recommend it.

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
Seriously fascinating novel about a girl kidnapped by a serial killer.

Roses by Leila Meacham
Not bad but its plot was a little too much like a soap opera for me.

Thin, Rich, and Pretty by Beth Harbison
Kinda annoying and really pointless.

Earth (the book) by Jon Stewart
He's funny...inappropriate, but funny.

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise
I really loved this quick little piece of chick lit.

A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay
Not nearly as good as her 'Sarah's Key' that I read last year.

Proofiness by Charles Seife
This book convinced if I wasn't convinced already...that statistics presented by politicians, reporters, and corporations are all complete crap.

Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth
Some parts presented interesting insight into addictive behavior..but the rest was too much like the last yoga class I attended...I have no idea what it means to "center yourself in your core."

Rich Boy by Sharon Pomerantz
I didn't like this book...almost as much as I really didn't like the protagonist. I haven't wanted to reach into a novel and strangle a character so much in a long time.

Naked Heat by Richard Castle
A novel spin-off from the ABCs Castle...not great literature...but it's fun anyway.

Great House by Nicole Krauss
Huge disappointment. I loved "A History of Love" and this was just great writing with a really lame story.

Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen
Just strange...and depressing.

Colorado Kid by Stephen King
Strange story, but a great taste of King's amazing writing without the gore or freakiness.

Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
This was a great psychological thriller...well not thriller, thriller....but it was still a page-turner.

Oh, No She Didn't by Clinton Kelly
100 fashion faux pas..only a few of which made me start freaking out...he tried to convince me to throw away my hoodies...I still believe they are appropriate sometimes. It's cold and they are comfy!!

I'll Mature When I'm Dead by Dave Barry
He's still funny!

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Really not as good as 'The Forgotten Garden', but I liked it.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow
Short book that really stuck in my head. Terribly well written.

The Wave by Susan Casey
Tow surfing sounds like the scariest thing ever....I'll stick to boogie boarding.

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
Science is crazy...scientists are crazier!!

At Home by Bill Bryson
Bryson is always brilliant. He's the king of the tangents and I love him for it!

The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
A surprisingly tender tribute to motherhood.

Okay...that's it! I'm too tired to add cover art...I doubt anyone will actually read all this anyway :)