Items about books I want to read, #42
Posted March 14, 2014on:
I realize as I start writing this that it has been a while since I blogged here. I have been pretty active over at The Itinerant Librarian doing book reviews. Feel free to hop on over and check those out. One of the things I may do in the future is do a round up of the monthly book reviews I do over there here. That way the reviews can get a bit more exposure, and my followers here can see them. Plus it would give me a bit of a sense of what I have read recently. In the meantime, let’s have a look at a few more things I want to read. As always, book links go to WorldCat, so you can find them in a library near you, unless otherwise noted.
Books to read:
- Via Leaving a Paper Trail, a small book on the art of writing thank you notes and how they can be a positive thing. The book is John Kralik’s A Simple Act of Gratitude. The world would likely be a bit better if more of us took the time to write a simple thank-you note now and then.
- If you are interested in art journaling, then Margaret Peot’s book, Alternative Art Journals: Explore Innovative Approaches to Collecting Your Creativity, may be for you. The book was reviewed at A Penchant for Paper here.
- Wired magazine highlights photos of old gas stations from the book Gasoline by David Campany.
- The Boston Review discusses the book Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir.
- I really dislike the preppy people who espouse “positive thinking” and think the workplace should just all be fun and games. I don’t mean keeping a positive attitude; I mean the whole cult of ‘positive thinking.” Also, don’t get me wrong. I do like fun in the workplace as long as it is a natural thing. Once the bosses try to impose it from above (for whatever reason), it becomes a problem. Maybe this book discussed in Big Think will help. The book is The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.
- Also via Big Think, a little help to drive your enemies crazy. Well, maybe not really drive them crazy in the sense of doing to them what they do to you. But your enemies in the workplace do drive you crazy, but you still have to deal with them, especially when getting out and striking for another job is not an option. The book highlighted here is Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Lot Happier. Why should you let them drive you nuts? Cope and be happy and let them go crazy figuring out how you remain happy.
- And speaking of humor and happiness, I am sure you can be happier if you poop well. Here is a little scatological humor on the Kama Sutra. The book is Kama Pootra, and it was highlighted at Incredible Things.
- Good Vibes’ blog had a review of Best Bondage Erotica 2012 a while back. I am running a bit behind on reading this series, or ahead depending on how you look at it since at the moment I am reading Best Bondage Erotica 2014 (review coming soon to The Itinerant Librarian). Cleis Press always puts out some great erotica anthologies, and their Best Bondage Erotica series is a good one. If I get my hands on the 2012 one, I will review it as well.
- I recently read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (my review here). There is a sequel out now, Hollow City. Here is trailer of the sequel via Mental Floss. I was lukewarm on the first novel, and though I have the second one, it may take me a while to get to it given other books that hold my interest better for now.
- The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) highlights on their site the graphic novel The Silence of our Friends. This book is “a semi-autobiographical story told from the perspective of Mark Long, as a boy. It centers around civil rights incidents covered by his father, a television reporter in Houston, Texas, in 1968, following the Texas Southern University student boycott after the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was banned from campus. It ends with Dr. King’s assassination and the mourning of the larger Houston community as they marched in his memory that following Sunday.”
- Via Grist, we get a glimpse of “the brutal cost of a cheap chicken” and a discussion of issues raised in the book The Meat Racket.
- Learn more about how grossly underpaid food servers in the U.S. are in this excerpt out of Alternet for the book Behind the Kitchen Door.
- I am sure many have read Playboy (for the articles. Yea, sure). Now there is a book out with photography from behind the scenes of the photo shoots, so you can see more than just what you see in the glossy end product. Story via Nerve. The book is Playboy: Behind the Scenes by Patrick Van Dam.
- Via Mother Jones, highlight of a new book on “data and much more about black American life from education to the entertainment industry to the justice system.” This is the kind of data and facts you want to share with every racist, bigot, and right wing asshat you know. Need to debunk some racist nonsense? Here is your ammunition. The book is Black Stats by Monique Morris.
- Via Boing Boing, a little humor. I am sure we have all heard of a stupid law here and there. Well, the folks at Boing Boing are highlighting a book on just that topic. The book is The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance. By the way, Kevin Underhill, the book’s author and a lawyer, writes the Lowering the Bar blog, which I have added to my RSS feed reader.
Lists and bibliographies:
- Via Mental Floss, here is a list of “15 Strange and Awesome Cookbooks.” From this list, I actually have a copy of 50 Shades of Chicken, which is both a cookbook and a parody of that other erotica book. I won it in an online contest. As soon as I get to it, I will review it.
- Via The Art of Manliness, a list of “43 Books About War Every Man Should Read.” The list features classics as well as modern selections, fiction and nonfiction.
- Want more manly reading? Also via The Art of Manliness, here is Theodore Roosevelt’s reading list.
- If you want a walk on the seriously wild side, BuzzFeed has a list of “The 11 Most Disturbing Works of Monster Erotica You Can Buy on Amazon.” I will probably have to buy them from Amazon since I don’t see these coming to a library near me any time soon.
- Hungry? Like reading about food and the foodie life? BuzzFeed has a list of “14 Books Every Food Lover Should Read.”
- Comics Beat highlights graphic novels that librarians like. It’s a highlight of YALSA 2014 graphic novel selections.
- Via Big Think, some book suggestions on “Feminism for the Other 99%.”
- Via BuzzFeed, a feature they did a bit back for Presidents’ Day, here are “the favorite books of all 44 Presidents of the United States.” I think this list could also provide material for a nice library display.
- Via Nerve.com, a list of “the 15 erotic books you absolutely have to read.” I am sure there are others you could read in lieu of some on the list, but the still is still a pretty good start for those who may want to try out some erotica.