I recently started spending a lot of time with someone who loves to read. I’ve always been an avid reader but I absolutely read in waves. Sometimes I’ll take in 5 books in a month then I won’t read anything for a year. Generally reading a book that I don’t like is what sparks the drought.
However, being with someone who has a passion for reading encourages you to power past the not-so-great books and keep searching for the ones that have an impact on you. I’m always looking for recommendations so I thought I’d share some of my most recent reads with you.
1) Stiff – I was SO INTO THIS BOOK. I read it really quickly and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Mary Roach delves into the world of human cadavers and the various ways they are used (or disposed of). Not only was this book incredibly eye-opening (I had no idea there were so many uses for us once we kicked the bucket), but also hilarious. Roach has such an approachable style of writing and I found myself running through pages and laughing out loud at her footnotes.
2) Bossypants – I think everyone has recommended this book. I thought it was a really great read but it left me wanting a bit more of a cohesive story. I felt like the chapters jumped pretty abruptly from subject to subject and while I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Tina Fey’s life, I wish it was just a bit more focused. I’d still recommend it as a total girl-power, success-story book.
3) Pulp – THIS WAS TOO GOOD! I bought it because I loved the cover (I do this a lot…) and was not disappointed by the story. Charles Bukowski creates a surprisingly seamless story that centers around a drunk private detective and manages to include aliens and other surreal elements without writing a cheesy story. The writing is simple to digest and this is yet another quick read. I can’t wait to read more of his work.
4) All Marketers are Liars – I always try to mix in business and marketing books. Seth Godin is a genius and I feel like I learn so much every time I read his books. If you’re a business owner or a marketer, this book is a must read. Godin breaks down some pretty revolutionary marketing concepts then teaches you the best practices for using them.
So what about you? Read anything good recently? You can follow me on good reads to see other books I’ve read and reviewed (it might just help you stock your bookshelf).