With all the traveling, I’ve been able to finally devour some of the books that have been on my reading list for forever. Below are my most recent picks.
I was assigned Treat Me Like Dirt to review for VenusZine, otherwise I’m not sure I would have picked it up. I’m not a big music reader, and fantastically, this book is anything but. It covers the history of Toronto punk through oral tellings, so you can taste the grit of the streets and the characters of the people are so over-the-top but still feel real. I interviewed Liz Worth for VenusZine.com if you want more info.
My caffeine-inclined barista friend, Sarah, has been trying to push Box Office Poison on me for some time. I finally had a chance to get to it, and absolutely loved it. The story of post-college life in NYC in the late 90’s, it’s as much a time capsule as it is the same story of self-reflection, loathing, and love that is universal.
I read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers a few years ago and really enjoyed Mary Roach’s research style with her running tangents, footnotes with personal observations, and of course the actual subject matter. So I have been meaning to get to her next work, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science. I’m still in the beginning of it, but thus far it is as engaging as Stiff even if it is a little more self-involved (she frequently is roped in as a subject for sexual studies, and I find her own neuroses about them less entertaining than irritating). Her examination of the studies and evolution of sexual science though is so much fun.
To add some weight to my fluffy summer list, I’ve started another longstanding untouched book on my shelf, White Noise. I don’t read a lot of literary fiction like I used to, so it’s nice to get back into the deep end of the pool. White Noise is truly a superb work of fiction, darkly funny, quietly tragic, and slightly outlandish in an ordinary way. Again a piece that is as applicable today as it was when it was published in the 1980s.
What’s on your summer reading list?