One of the things I was actually looking forward to about my surgery was the amount of time I’d get to spend reading while I recovered. I’d planned to finish my two new books but in reality, I just got sucked into about 500 articles about the new TIME Magazine cover and the attachment parenting debate. All I can say is Holy hell, I’m glad I’m not a parent. Between raising your kids and arguing with people about the best way to raise your kids, I just don’t have that kind of time.
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to share some of the reading material that’s been keeping me entertained this year! Here’s my list so far:
Yoga Bitch: One Woman’s Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes on the Path to Enlightenment. This was a pretty funny read; I liked it but I didn’t love it.
All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps. I read this book on a flight to New York on Valentine’s Day. I wept the entire time. It was very romantic but…consider yourself warned.
Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy. I absolutely loved this book…I just couldn’t stop thinking/talking about it for a couple weeks. From how companies market differently to men and women to the idea of “inauthentic authenticity” to the study on how our friends influence our buying choices, it was absolutely fascinating.
Emotionally Engaged: A Bride’s Guide to Surviving the “Happiest” Time of Her Life. Another book I absolutely loved. I actually wish I had read this a lot sooner; I think a lot of the discussions are relevant to people who aren’t engaged but who are living together and moving in the marriage direction.
Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings. Really liked it, didn’t love it.
The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us. This was another book that I couldn’t stop thinking about…again, it was just so fascinating! I particularly liked the chapter on how our word choices reflect power dynamics (there are major differences in the way you use “I” and “we” when you are e-mailing bosses, equals, and subordinates) and the chapter about how our word choices can reveal when we’re lying.
Sarah’s Key. This was a book club read; none of us liked it very much. The actual historical event that it was about was extremely tragic, and I appreciated learning about that, but the narrative just didn’t do it for me.
The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage. I liked this book but I didn’t LOVE it. It’s definitely worth reading, but it’s several years old now, and I felt like many of the topics it covered are topics I’d already read about elsewhere on blogs. I think I’d have enjoyed it more if it was the first discussion of this kind I’d read, but since it wasn’t, I just didn’t get as into it.
Current reading list:
Never Let Me Go (June book club book)
I read a lot of personal blogs that cover food, health and fitness, beauty, paper, design, and style, but the ones below are the ones I think of as more magazine-style blogs (multiple contributors, more mindcasting than lifecasting). I check in on some of them several times a day and read every post; others I skim and simply read the posts that catch my eye. All of these blogs and their communities of commenters get me thinking, talking, and writing more.
Nelle Engoron’s Mad Men recaps on Salon
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I love the ‘zite app on my iPad/iPhone for discovering new content. You can subscribe to channels (politics, social media, relationships, etc.) and then it curates articles for you based on your interests and your social networks (so it looks at what’s in my Google Reader and Twitter feed, for example, and then recommends articles for me). I also love the Evernote app for making it so easy to save good articles to read later. And I’ve started using my Tumblr more to share links to interesting articles as I come across them.
What have you been reading lately? Do you have any other books or blogs to recommend?