“What are you reading right now?” coworkers and customers alike ask me. Sometimes I think it might be easier to answer the question, “What aren’t you reading right now?” I usually have two or three books going at once but currently I have a few more than even that. Some books take longer than others, especially if the subject is a difficult one. Even if I finish one book, another one may grab my attention so I begin that one rather than finishing another one that I’ve already started. It really doesn’t help that I see all the new books that come into the bookstore where I work or that I’m constantly talking about books and authors with friends, coworkers, and customers. So, in no particular order, here is what I am currently reading:
Heist Society by Ally Carter
I’ve enjoyed reading Carter’s Gallagher Girls series so I picked up this stand-alone. In the book 15-year-old Kat Bishop is blackmailed into returning some stolen paintings to Arturo Taccone, who thinks that her father took them. Believing her father is innocent, Kat sets off to find the paintings and get them back to Arturo before her deadline is up. She locates the paintings but has to assemble the best teenage thieves she knows to get them back. So far, I’m enjoying the humor and adventure in the book. I also like how Carter has tied WWII history into it (Kat thinks that Arturo’s paintings were stolen out of homes by the Nazis). There are minor things that irritate me, though, like how many times the action breaks right after someone hears a familiar voice and confusion over who is speaking and to whom. I did not have this problem with the Gallagher Girl books, but those are written in first person whereas Heist Society is written in third. Overall, though, it’s a fun read.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
This book is all arguments for why god doesn’t exist. Dawkins views several areas of argument for and against religion to drive home his thesis. I am already atheist so I agree with what Dawkins says but I still find it interesting to see how others argue for religion (and his rebuttal to said arguments). I’ve been reading this for several months now, not because I’m not enjoying it, but because Dawkins is quite intelligent and it’s hard for me to read too much at once. Also, I do the bulk of my reading in the morning to wake up my brain and this book is not one for a sleepy mind. Keep checking back as I will write a full review of the book once I’m done reading it.
Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape ed. by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
Not only am I an atheist, I am also a feminist. Jessica Valenti has written some amazing books on feminism so I snatched this book up when I found out she helped with it. The book is a collection of essays from several writers. Each essay has several themes and the reader is encouraged (from the introduction) to use the themes listed at the end of essays like links on a webpage. “If you like x theme, try these essays next.” Like clicking on a webpage, the reader can jump around the book rather than being constrained to reading from front to back. This is one of the many things I like about this book. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to read about “Media Matters” or I may be drawn to “Surviving to Yes” some days. It’s also a perfect layout for someone like me (someone who is reading a lot of books at once). The essays are easily read in short increments. The subject matter, though, is tough and gets me riled up (we shouldn’t put blame on the victims of the crime but on the criminals!) or depressed (why does rape even have to happen?). Females and males both should read this book. Everyone is affected by rape and it can only end when we start talking about it (silence breeds the disease).
The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions by Kenji Kawakami
I’ve seen this book around for years but it wasn’t until recently that I acquired it. The book is exactly what the title says: “Unuseless Japanese Inventions”. Apparently, it’s a form of art to make something people could use but is so ridiculous that it can’t be used. Pictures, of course, show these inventions and brief descriptions of each are given. Take for example The Earring Safety Net. Tiny bowls are strapped to a woman’s shoulders and should an earring come loose from her lobe, there’s no need to worry! The Earring Safety Net will catch it. You’ll never have just one earring again! The idea itself is hilarious but to truly appreciate it, you must see the picture. Go pick it up at your local library or bookstore. You won’t regret it.
Finally, there are two books I am just a few pages into so I can’t really say much about them. They are Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
Well, it looks like I have some reading to do! Until next time…