One book I’m reading is called Come As You Are and it’s actually a book written for women about sex. It’s a fascinating look inside what gives women a sex drive and what turns it off, but it’s a long book and one that makes you question some of your own choices as a man. I’m a little over halfway through and I just need to finish this one up.
Another book I’m reading is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I’m about a quarter way through and I’ve started this book once before and gave up on it. I’m not a fan of these pretentious books that use profanity to “speak” to the reader but Mark Manson is a decent writer and makes some good points. However, like most self-help style books, this book is just a little long for the actual content that it contains. I have a feeling that everything he is saying has already been said in this first fourth of the book and I’m setting out to just have the same content rehashed to me over and over again for the rest of the book. So, I’ve decided to find a summary and just finish this book that way. I think the content of this book can easily be covered in a short recap.
I’ve also begun A Square Meal that looks at the history of food during The Great Depression. The first couple of chapters are really good, but then the book dives off into politics and it lost me. I worked my way through chapter five (about 40% done) and its way less about the food that was eaten and more about the failure of the government and the political posturing that affected the various regions of the United States during The Great Depression. Anyone that knows me knows that I hate politics, so I’m moving onto something else.
The final non-fiction book I started and gave up on was Hold Onto Your NUTS. This is a highly recommended men’s relationship book I’d heard about for years and finally ran across a copy. Wow… I don’t even know what to say. It’s just bad. It has a good idea behind it but its terrible overall. I made it almost halfway through before I couldn’t stomach continuing.
One fiction book I started was the next book in the Psych series, but it just didn’t grab me as quickly as the first book. I’m sure I’ll read it eventually but right now I think I’m going to focus on reading some short fiction. I got a Walt Longmire book to read as well as a book that Stephen King curated of short stories.
There is a joke that people say regarding business meetings, “Another meeting that should have been an email.” Well I think of this a lot when I’m reading books. I think to myself, “Another book that should have been shorter. Or another book that should have been a webpage.”
I scares me when I think like that because it reminds me of Farenheit 451 and the summaries of books that are printed because people don’t read anymore. I don’t want things to go that route, but I do feel like there is a market for people to make Cliff Notes style websites that break down some of these “self-help” style books to their basics.
James Joyce once said, “Life is too short to read a bad book” and I tend to agree with them.