I slacked off on my reading in October, because I got super busy and it was a stressful month for me, what with making the decision to quit my job. But, I’m feeling a little better and have been back into reading, lately.
1. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day
Felicia Day is an internet creator and writer, and I’ve watched a couple seasons (episodes; one season is about 90 mins) of her web show, The Guild, but never followed her that closely. I’m also not a gamer, unless you count The Sims, which you don’t, so while I’m a huge nerd, you wouldn’t think that I would find her book that fascinating.
I was totally hooked by it. It’s an easy read, and I found all her stories funny and could relate to being a weird kid who turns into a weird adult. I would definitely recommend, even if you aren’t a huge nerd.
2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
I have watched a little Aziz Ansari standup, so while I was a fan already, this book was not what I expected it to be at all. I thought it would be more in the style of his standup, and while he adds his own wit and humor to it, it’s actually an interesting read on its own about how relationships are created and play out in modern times.
I would recommend to anyone, whether you may be thankful you don’t have to deal with dating and learning how to use Tinder, or whether you are going through dating now and want to appreciate that at least there are others going through the same thing.
3. Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull
This book is written by the president of Pixar and Disney Animation. I am a huge Pixar fan, and think they are basically the greatest thing ever in movies, and I wanted to learn more about their history. This is actually more about business and the reasons Pixar succeeded and how they do things, but there is a lot of background information about their beginning and problems they dealt with.
It’s interesting to see how a successful creative company runs their business, while giving people the freedom to create their art and stories. It was also cool to read how some movies we know so well now started out completely different.
4. One More Thing by B.J. Novak
I thought this would combine two of my favorite things: one of the writers from The Office, and short stories. Boy, did I not enjoy this one. If anyone else has read it, I’d like to hear their take on it, but it was not for me. The stories seemed mean and like they were clearly written by a New York dude. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my kind of book.
5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I was on a non-fiction kick for a while, but I felt like some good fiction, and tried Kristen’s suggestion of Throne of Glass. It was like a warm glass of awesome.
It’s about a female assassin who is released from serving out her sentence in a mine to become the Crown Prince’s champion in a competition to become the new royal assassin. It had me at female assassin.
It was fantastic, and I recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels and characters who can kick butt, but also magic and love triangles.
I’m currently reading number two, now, Crown of Midnight, and I’m finally warming up a little to one of the male main characters.
What have you been reading, lately?
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