Book Review 64

Hi Stranger….It’s been a while.

Look how current I am with that opener! I even got an Instagram this week!!! AN INSTAGRAM. What’s next, Snapchatting?!?! Slow down, girl. Get back to those hardcover books :)…

Life is treating me so well lately that I haven’t made time to update this outdated blog. Turns out being a full-time reseller is slightly more demanding than doing it part-time on the side for 7 years. But man, every day is a freaking blast! Never thought I’d be able to say that about my career.

I’ve been able to squeeze in some reading in the evenings and hope you find something below that interests you. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads too.


barbarianBarbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Not a topic I would normally reach for (memoir about surfing) but it was extraordinarily well written. Also made me miss Hawaii like nobody’s business….What a magical place.


settleSettle for More by Megyn Kelly

I was blown away by Megyn’s strength in the face of misogynists and their king, our Mr. President. I respected her non-partisan angle and her insight into the workings of Fox News. I’ll still avoid it like the plague it is, but this made for an interesting read from an incredibly successful and strong woman.


shiningA Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy by Annie Rogers

This was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.  It’s a rough one, though…be prepared. This is not light reading.


drugdealerDrug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop by Anna Lembke

I walked away with a lot more from Dreamland (Sam Quinones) – this just felt like one chapter of that amazing book. But it was enlightening to hear the doctor’s perspective and, specifically, how they classify drug-seeking patients.


satanicThe Satanic Bible by Anton La Vey

After binging last month on Last Podcast on the Left, I felt like it was probably time to read Henry’s bible. Great reiteration of our core human values and the potential evils of organized religion.


to the endTo the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam

Another rough one – I’m not sure I’d have the emotional fortitude to care for these kids, but this book only intensified my admiration for those that do. Fascinating deep dive into this deeply flawed and heartbreaking system.


goodbyeGoodbye For Now by Laurie Frankl

Maybe it was hormones….But there were at least 7 times during my one-night binge that I had to put this amazing book down because my tears were blinding me from the words on the page. Wipe right, keep reading. If you watched Black Mirror’s “Be Right Back” (another tearjerker for me), this is kind of like an elongated version.  In the best possible way. Raises so many questions about personality, death, and technology….and plus, it’s set in Seattle!


sosadSo Sad Today: Personal Essays by Melissa Broder

Eh, meh. Nothing tangible from this one.


sexobSex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti

I got pretty fed up with this one too. Started off with the right message and tone, but digressed into what felt like a whiny journal entry.


mothersThe Mothers by Brit Bennett

Gorgeously written book with wonderful characters. Went on a little too long but wrapped up nicely. One of the better fiction novels of the month.


goatmanGoatMan: How I Took A Holiday From Being Human by Thomas Thwaites

Once you get used to his tone, it’s a fun and strange story. Thomas goes all-out in transforming himself into a goat for artistic purposes, and we benefit from his hilarious cataloguing of the process. The actual outcome and trial of his goat appendages felt cut short, compared with all the build-up. But it was entertaining nonetheless.


buyingbrideBuying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-order Matches by Marcia Zug

This was an in-depth history for sure – I was amazed at the photos and accounts Marcia was able to find re: historical mail-order brides. I can say now that it’s hard to imagine our country surviving without the organized importation of women. This has always been an interesting topic to me, so it helped to get a more well-rounded view of the system and motives behind it.


writing oneWriting on the Wall: Social Media, the First Two Thousand Years by Tom Standage

Loved how Standage wrapped this all together. Also, any chance to look at ancient Roman graffiti is appreciated.


difficultDifficult Women by Roxane Gay

Roxane is exceptional. I will read anything she creates. This was an emotional and raw collection of stories – it helped to be able to take a break after a particularly rough one before starting fresh with a new character.


working stiffWorking Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of A Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek

This one will stick with you…much like the ash and debris Dr. Melinek helped remove during her cataloguing and assortment of body parts from the World Trade Centers. Or the years of liver rot inside her first autopsy of the day. I don’t recommend reading it while eating, but is absolutely fascinating. Dr. Melinek is my new hero – I really wish I had the stomach to be a medical examiner. It’s a vastly important and underappreciated job. Dr. Melinek brings humanity, humor, and compassion to it every day, making her account a joy to read.


separationA Separation by Katie Kitamura

Really beautifully written and follows an unexpected narrative as a woman searches for her husband in Greece to ask for a divorce. Inventive new voice on the fiction scene.


homoHomo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari

I’m only halfway through with this one, but it feels like I’ve already finished 3 books. Harari packs in a ton of history, philosophy, and information into these pages…it’s a heavy but so far satisfying ride.


illusionIllusion of Justice: Inside Making A Murderer and America’s Broken System by Jerome Buting

I absolutely loved the public defenders from ‘Making a Murderer’ so I was happy to see that Jerry wrote a book. It’s not all about the trial itself; he pads it with similar stories from his PD days along with true crime tidbits for the fanatics like me. It truly is an outdated, woefully underfunded, and broken system.

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