What I’ve Been Reading

What I’ve Been Reading

Excuse the less than stellar quality photo.  I used my DSC RX100iii, and while a great camera, I’m going to start taking all of my blog photos with the a7Rii.  I just have become really used to the image quality I get from it that I get too particular when I use another camera.  Anyway, on to the post.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading these past few months.  I’ve always loved to read but in between work and street photography, I haven’t had the time to read as much as I would have liked.  Lately I’ve been making more time to read and it’s made me a lot more calm.  There’s something so soothing about curling up on the couch with a good book.  I remember when my Aunt Tishi was alive, there was a part of each night (usually after Jeopardy and Who’s Line Is It Anyway?) where she and her husband would turn off the tv, turn on some classical music, dim the lights (but not too much), light some candles, and we’d all read.  (I spent a lot of time there in my early 20’s.)  These past two or so months I’ve read some really good books and some that bored me so much I couldn’t even force myself to finish them.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris: As someone who absolutely loved Me Talk Pretty One Day it shouldn’t surprise you that I loved this book as well.  I love his humor.  It’s the kind of thing where you laugh at something he wrote and then immediately think to yourself, “I am so going to hell for laughing at this.”  It’s definitely a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down because I guarantee you that before long you will be choking with laughter.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain: Ok, this was one of those books that I just could not get into.  I thought that this book would be right up my alley.  My main issue with this book was too many statistics and not enough discussion of different situations or how introverts feel.  There would be brief moments where the book showed promise but then there would be page after page of case studies and statistics.  Obviously there should be in a book like this, but I felt like I was back in college, studying for a midterm or final exam.  I got halfway through and had to set it aside.  I’m going to leave it in the laundry room of my building.  Maybe someone else can get something out of this book.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker: This book actually started off where I thought it was going to be a really interesting read.  Somewhere towards the middle of the book it started to venture off into statistics and case studies, which when having to wade through pages and pages of them, makes my mind wander.  I was curious to read it because I kept seeing it mentioned online about it being a great book and how you should trust your instincts.  I always do, even if my family tells me that I’m too suspicious of people.  I just pay close attention to a person’s actions.  I know we’re all taught to be pleasant, be polite even when someone is rude, etc, but just because a person doesn’t come out and say their intentions, doesn’t mean that you can’t be on your guard.  I read until a little more than halfway through before I had to put it aside.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware: The reviews for this book on Amazon had me dying with laughter, and after reading the book I have to admit that they were spot on.  The main character, Lo, is such a complaining, unlikeable character that I just loved her.  She complained about everything.  She was a walking tragedy queen.  Her actions sometimes had me screaming in my head, “God, what an idiot!”  She does things that has you scratching your head.  She is sent on a luxury cruise in the place of her pregnant boss.  She writes for a travel magazine and she keeps reminding herself what a great opportunity this is, yet she seems to spend most of her time avoiding mingling with important people and getting noticeably sloshed.  You can see why most of the people on board think she’s imagining things when she insists that she heard a murder in the room next to her that is supposed to be empty.  Despite the shortcomings of the main character, I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in two days.  I will say that the ending will have you scratching your head and going, “Huh?  Seriously?!”  Even so, I still highly recommend this book and look forward to reading other books from the author.

 

I’m always up for book reviews so if you have anything you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments.  I’m still sorting through the Italy pictures, deciding which ones to use for blog posts and which pictures I want to put on the website, but I should have a post up by next week.

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