Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sydney's Summer Reading

Hello everyone!

It is now my turn to share with you what I’ve been reading this summer.

I decided to start off the summer by reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. Stiff is a captivating novel that explores the history of cadavers and all of the possible places that they can end up. Honestly, I was a little worried about reading this book because of the subject matter. Luckily, Mary writes in such a way that infuses humor with science to create an enjoyable, unique, and educational read. I was unable to put Stiff down. Anyone with an interest in medicine and/or forensics will feel the same. Each chapter is broken up into a theme including practicing surgery on cadavers and body snatching. I’ll be honest, there were a few parts that were hard to stomach (like her chapter on decay) but for every gross mental-image there was an equally thought provoking concept that made me more aware and open minded. Over all, I loved Stiff and I’m glad that Mary Roach has sparked my interest in reading more non-fiction works!

For my next choice, I decided to go for something a little more care free.  I’m currently reading The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews. The story takes us into the life of Dempsey Killebrew who finds herself in a political scandal when her boss is caught with a hooker. Dempsey unknowingly booked the appointment for him with the “wake board instructor”. Once the scandal breaks, Dempsey is quickly fired and finds herself pretty much homeless. With nowhere else to go, Dempsey agrees to move down to Guthrie, Georgia where her father recently inherited a old mansion named “Birdsong” that is in need of some serious TLC. Once she arrives, the shock of the small-town life, plus the decaying state of Birdsong, and dealing with the FBI is almost enough to push her over the edge. Add the cute local lawyer named Tee and you have the perfect recipe for a feel-good adventure peppered with southern humor and romance. This book is perfect for the beach! I’m enjoying The Fixer Upper and can’t wait to see how the story ends.

What will I be reading next? I’m not sure! I’m deciding between two books. Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies by Michael Adams is my 1st option. Adams takes one whole year to try to determine which movie is the absolute worst in history. I previously worked at a movie store so the idea of taking on his task pretty intriguing and comical! My 2nd choice is The New Kings of Non-Fiction edited by Ira Glass. This collection of stories includes some of today’s top authors and promises to be diverse and inspiring. Some of the authors include Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Orlean, Chuck Klosterman, and Michael Pollan.

 Happy Reading!

- Sydney

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