The Art of Asking, by Amanda Palmer
Autobiography, Essays, Self-Help (also maybe Psychology and Philosophy?)
READ, if you are a human being!
I picked this one up at the recommendation of Holly over at Ramblings of a Fake Redhead, and it is a fantastic read! However, same as I thought of Katy Bowman's Whole Body Barefoot -- I think it is misnamed. This book is about the Art of HUMAN CONNECTION, of which the "art of asking" is a small but integral component... all tied up in vulnerability, honesty, authenticity, and being willing to risk rejection. It is a wonderful exploration of emotion and relationship, and is filled with fascinating and often startling stories from Amanda Palmer's own life as a musician and performance artist. Insightful, compassionate, and not a bit preachy, this book is well-worth reading. (PS It's interesting to read the negative reviews of this book, because it really seems as though those folks read a different book then I did. So interesting how individual perspectives and biases can influence the experience of reading!)
Bossypants, by Tina Fey
Autobiography, Essays, Humor
Read, if you have a funnybone and enjoy an insider making fun of pop culture!
Tina Fey is hilarious. This book is hilarious. Tina (I can call you Tina, right, Tina?) is warm, human, and authentic, and the chapter where she declares Kim Kardashian to be robot is priceless. Also is the one about photoshoots... And her prayer for her baby daughter. And her stories about Amy Poehler and Saturday Night Live. And... okay, making myself stop. Trust me, it's very funny.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
Minimalism, Organization, Simplicity Living
Read, if you are looking to simplify life and enjoy your surroundings more!
Because minimalism is one of my "things" (and has been for a while now!) I posted a full review of the book here. Suffice to say, whether you're already set in your minimalist ways or a boarder line hoarder, or somewhere in between, this book probably includes ideas you can benefit from. The most helpful takeaway for me was the idea of picking what to KEEP rather than picking what to get rid of... it might seem like a fine distinction, but it actually is a pretty big shift in mindset. A must-read if you're looking to move to a simpler, less possessions-focused way of life!
Cinder, by Marissa Meyers
Dystopian fiction, fairy tale, science fiction
Read, if you enjoy robots, plague, and mind-control, all bundled up with fairy tale overtones!
I picked this one up at the recommendation of Vanessa over at Little Gold Pixel, and boy! it was not what I was expecting at all! (in a totally good way...) I was expecting a fairly straightforward Cinderella retelling with a steampunk twist -- no idea where I got that impression -- but in reality it is an awesome dystopian story of future humans battling a terrible plague in the wake of WW IV, cyborgs (*coughCindercough*), formerly human inhabitants of the moon who have developed the ability to manipulate bioelectrical currents (read: brainwaves), and oh yea, a smattering of Cinderella references. Really, I have nothing to compare this to... I Robot, maybe? Or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Anyway, I will definitely be picking up the sequel asap!
Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
Classic, British Literature, Coming-of-Age
Don't read, unless you're a VERY stalwart classics reader or have found an abridged version!
This is the story of a thoughtful and compassionate young man (who comes off as more angelic than human most of the time) who was raised by an English gentleman, but is himself of questionable birth. I watched the BBC movie adaptation with a friend over the summer, and enjoyed it enough to want to read the book... friends, it took me THREE MONTHS to get through it. One of those downsides of an ebook, you don't realize when it is 800 pages long!! Also, for a while I was using it as "put me to sleep" reading because it was sooooo slow. In fact, the author occasionally seems to forget that she's writing a novel and launches instead into essays on Judaism and the need for a political Jewish homeland, in a way that reminded me how Victor Hugo thought it would be fun in Les Mis to elaborate for pages on end about the Parisian sewage system (it wasn't fun, Vic, it really wasn't). This would be a great book to read for a multicultural studies class, as it examines Jewish culture and ideas with what I interpreted as a very "British" lens.
Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith
Zombies, Classical Spoof
DON'T READ, unless you love zombies, or are really, really, ridiculously bored.
This book is the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, though I'm pretty sure it was written after the success of that book... which retained so much of the original text of Pride and Prejudice, that Jane Austen is still listed as the author on Amazon... I'm guessing that's why it did so well. This book... was weak. Stop rolling your eyes and thinking "well duh..." -- it isn't nice! ;P I almost stopped reading it, the writing made me so twitchy. And then the eye rolls just kept piling up... it was revealed that Mr. Bennet's first name was Oscar. And then they start training to fight zombies in a dojo. And then there is an awkward attempt at a love story between Elizabeth and her fighting teacher, who turns out to be a total weirdo / coward. I will say that the sisters all stay in character pretty well, and that the events of the story could make sense for why Elizabeth and Jane later react to Darcy and Bingley the way they do. There are also several quite funny one-liners. Unfortunately, I still can't say that makes it worth reading. Out of idle curiosity I will probably read Pride And Prejudice and Zombies too (it's being made into a movie soon... of COURSE it is... *rolls eyes*) but I don't recommend either of them unless you just have way too much time on your hands or are really into zombies.
October's READ / DON'T READ verdicts - Art of Asking, Bossypants, Cinder, Daniel Deronda, more! Mini book reviews: https://t.co/L7c9WlcOO9— Sarah Eliza (@REALsaraheliza) November 6, 2015
If you have recommendations for me for next month, let me know! I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month (Yay NaNoWriMo! If you are too, join this facebook group!!), so I'm definitely planning on rereading Bird by Bird, and have a couple of other books about writing fiction on the docket too... otherwise I'll probably be keeping it light and fluffy because I anticipate being pretty brain-dead. 50,000 words in a month is a lot, yo! ;)
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