The Book List #1326.5.14
I thought May had been a terrible month for reading but seven books is pretty good going, especially since I have now reached the halfwa...
I thought May had been a terrible month for reading but seven books is pretty good going, especially since I have now reached the halfway point of my modest target for the year seven books ahead of schedule.
I was hoping Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn was going to read like a modern day In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and I should have known better. Walter Kirn recounts his friendship with "Clark Rockefeller" (Christian Gerhartsreiter), a serial impostor and murderer who is now currently serving a prison sentence of 27 years to life in the United States. The book itself was a tedious affair with very little content and only a few anecdotal events, it felt more like a distasteful humblebrag than a credible account of Christian Gerhartsreiter's crimes. I would be interested in reading The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal to see how the two books compare.
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter was the equivalent of reading a giant advertisement for a fad diet. I wanted to read a book about the health effects of grain not a one-side rant about how eating grains will rot your brains. This is a sensationalist diet book, which spews an onslaught of studies to overwhelm instead of inform the reader. Grain Brain reads like an infomercial, making it hard to listen to what potentially could be rather insightful information about how wheat, carbohydrates, and sugar effect our health. I stopped reading out of disgust, which pretty much says it all.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a fantastically twisted read about a missing wife, a guilty husband, and the devious media. Stories converge to explore the psychology and dynamics of long-term relationships, love affairs, and dangerous character traits. A well-paced story with exceptional plot twists, which had me reading the fastest I have ever read to get to the (albeit slightly disappointing) grand finale. Incredibly enjoyable and the perfect book for a quick read over a spring break.
Rarely do I find advice on blogging helpful and unfortunately Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho was no exception. The advice and personal accounts of "successful bloggers" is geared more to those unfamiliar with blogging and social media with a heavy lean towards arts and crafts. There is little here for those who have worked in the industry or anyone already familiar with the growth of blogging.
I found myself dipping in and out of a couple of books this month; Daily Rituals by Mason Currey and It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden are great books for little spurts of reading while you're waiting for dinner to cook or when you want a burst of inspiration before work. I skipped to the pages of familiar faces in Daily Rituals (Mark Twain, Charles Darwin, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franz Kafka, Sylvia Plath, David Lynch) to garner a little insight into how other creators work. While It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be felt more wildly inspirational with its bold quotes, graphic style, and intense layout.
I returned to Gillian Flynn for the final book this month; Dark Places turns its attention to the Satanic cult hysteria that swept the United States in the 1980s, telling the story of a family massacre, the youngest child who survived, and the brother who was found guilty and sentenced to 24 years in prison. Gillian Flynn's writing style seems to pull me in and keep me reading at a fast pace; she weaves suspenseful stories that rocket you through the pages in a frenzied whirlwind of curiosity and expectation.