podcasts, books & recommendations

I’ve been listening to more podcasts than reading lately, but finding good stuff in both places. On my current podcast playlist:

  • On Being
  • DoubleX Gabfest by Slate
  • Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin
  • Notes in Spanish
  • Coffee Break Spanish

Recently read:

  • Just After Sunset by Steven King
  • Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott

Books in progress:

  • A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini & Richard Lannon (re-reading it)
  • This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness by Jessica Valenti (been slowly reading a chapter here & there for months now)

Books recommended by friends that I’ve added to my list:

  • Scent of God by Beryl Singleton Bissell
  • Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Goal update: I’ve read 39 books in 2012.

What are you reading right now? Any recommendations?


update on my booklist

I do believe I’m going to fall short of my goal of reading 52 books this year, but I’m trying to get at close as I can. I even started the 50 Shades trilogy (they’re just as bad as everyone says).

Progress report:

I’m at 35 books and counting …

more books to add to the list

Earlier this week (or was it last week?), I added a books page to my blog, and I asked you for your recommendations, too. A couple of you commented on the post, others emailed me (because WordPress seriously makes people jump through stupid hoops to comment, if they have a WP username or gravatar, but can’t recall their password), a couple others shared on Facebook.

Being a good blogger & adding an image to my post.

Being a good blogger & adding an image to my post, even if it’s only loosely related.

I thought it’d be nice to share the love and compile the list here. (It also gave me one more day where I didn’t have to come up with a blog post idea – score!)

(I’m biased, but the best part of this post is where you get to see the books that my dad reads … scroll to see …)

books you recommend

other books on my radar

Your recommendations reminded me of a few others I’ve been wanting to read but haven’t gotten around to yet …

what my dad is reading

I don’t think this list is complete without some gems from my dad. I’m not being sarcastic. I’m really fascinated by the books that my dad chooses to read. It’s a great glimpse into his personality. (It’s a dark, but delicious list.) I’m not going to link them up because their titles are pretty self-explanatory.

  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
  • Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire
  • Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con
  • Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency
  • We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – from 9/11 to Abbottabad
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
  • God, No!
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

52 books in 2012

I’m trying to read 52 books in 2012. I’m falling behind, but here’s the list (some of them are incredibly embarrassing – deal with it!). I’ve included a parenthetical with book genre/type so you can get a hint before clicking, and I’ve marked in bold the ones I liked the best. And, at the bottom, I share some book recommendations.

Goal: 52 books in 2012

  1. Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr (health/nutrition)
  2. The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (micro-memoir about writing)
  3. The Baby Chase by Holly Finn (micro-memoir about fertility)
  4. Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson (web content strategy)
  5. Letting Go of the Words by Ginny Redish (web content strategy)
  6. History of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky (memoir about her sister’s suicide)
  7. Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett (fiction)
  8. How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston (satirical memoir)
  9. Epilogue by Anne Roiphe (memoir about life after her husband’s death)
  10. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates (fiction)
  11. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (fiction)
  12. Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott (memoir)
  13. The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty Moore (memoir)
  14. Chi Marathon by Danny and Katherine Dreyer (running form)
  15. Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (nonfiction, on escape from an internment camp in North Korea)
  16. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (memoir on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail)
  17. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman (fiction)
  18. No Cheating No Dying by Elizabeth Weil (memoir)
  19. Torch by Cheryl Strayed (fiction)
  20. The Pages by Murray Bail (fiction)
  21. Most Talkative by Andy Cohen (memoir)
  22. Wanderlust and Lipstick by Beth Whitman (travel guide)
  23. Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson (nonfiction)
  24. Project Happily Ever After by Alisa Bowman (memoir)
  25. Running with the Mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham (instruction/memoir)
  26. Where I Was From by Joan Didion (memoir/history of California)
  27. Pill Head by Joshua Lyon (drug memoir)
  28. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (fiction/beach read)
  29. Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith (memoir)
  30. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (fiction)
  31. Love and Other Infectious Diseases by Molly Haskell (memoir)
  32. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  33. Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
  34. Delicacy by David Foenkinos (fiction)
  35. It Chooses You by Miranda July (interviews/narrative)

Recommended books

This is gonna look to some like the good little reader’s guide to writers, but what can I say? I did get my MFA and I did fall in love with the required reading lists.

Short stories


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