Actually didn’t finish any books this week.
So I was thinking of the books I have re-read this year.
A bunch of which are great.
Colleen Hoover’s fabulous “Slammed” and “Point of Retreat” which I read a few weeks ago.
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s amazing poetry including my favorite of hers the tales of a virgin working as an editor in the porn industry, “Hot Teen Slut” my favorite book of 2014. ****1/2
And her “The Year of No Mistakes” her last poetry book that shows maturity and that she is getting better. I hope she does more poetry in the future ***1/2
The absolutely amazing graphic novel “Daytripper” by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba that makes you think about how death is part of life. Just astounding and my favorite book of 2012. And that I finally bought myself this year as a present for my mom’s Amazon gift card for my birthday.
The absolutely excellent graphic novel about the challenges of being African American and the blues “BB Wolf and the Three LPs” by JD Arnold. Just excellent. ****
The wonderful “Charlotte’s Web” by EB White, which I have probably read 5 or 6 times. ***1/2
And Jack McCarthy’s amazing “Drunks and Other Poems of Recovery” my favorite book of 2013. Astoundingly good book about alcoholism and recovery. *****
And there are a bunch more chapbooks and such too.
Checked out: “Appetites: A Cookbook” by Anthony Bourdain. Pretty interesting, but I honestly prefer his prose, I adore “Kitchen Confidential”. This is good, I may have to copy a recipe or two. *** pg. 51 of 280
Bought (both haven’t arrived yet): “Splinter Factory” a poetry book by Jeffrey McDaniel which I have heard great things about.
“The New Journalism” a compilation by Tom Wolfe from 1975, out of print and seemed up my alley.
I did read a bit of a bunch of things this week so maybe I will finish a couple books by next week.
The very interesting and diverse “Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas” edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker. Fascinating stuff, reading out of order, re-read a few maps and descriptions. I’m probably around half done. Small, small text makes me happy for reading glasses. ***1/2
“Daytripper” again, was a couple of comics in, the graphic novel involves comics where Bras de Oliva Domingos dies at many different parts of his life, there is no way to not tear up at the end. I may just finish this after typing the blog tonight. pg 203 of 249
“Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover, barely started so far, we’ve only just met the main characters, pg 28 of 456 (large print)
“That Girl” by Colleen Hoover: I really don’t think we needed a third book in the “Slammed” series this repeats the story of “Slammed” from Will’s perspective (the boyfriend who had the “Point of Retreat” (2nd book) perspective), the original is in the girlfriend’s perspective Layken/Lake. I love “Slammed” but this is really the same story. I will finish it but not rushing through it. *** pg 72 of 285
“Moscow 2042” by Vladimir Voinovich: The book is still preparing to move 60 years in the future from 1982 to 2042, seems like a fascinating book if a big one, pg 46 of 424. Lots of themes going on here. ***1/2
“Voices of Bipolar Disorder”: The first part talking about the play is unneeded, some really good stuff in this compilation of stories, definitely not a fast read but interesting. As someone with bipolar disorder I will always be reading books like this and I am very happy to be mostly sane. I am likely to finish this this week. pg 131 of 175 ***
“King Dork” by Frank Portman: There is a reason I am not getting far with this book, it’s just not that interesting. More should be happening by page 94 of 344, this will probably be returned to the library next week unfinished. **
“Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn: I read a chapter or so like 25 pages in the first third. A day working in silence appeals to me. I’m very interesting in learning more about mindfulness-based stress reduction. I probably should start this from the beginning.
“The Kingdom of Speech” by Tom Wolfe: Fascinating so far, but more about Darwin then speech so far. Good read at page 68 of 169 ***
p.s. After the fact I did finish “Daytripper”, I should read it in one sitting again. Lenny thinks it’s time for kitties on the desk not a keyboard.