I wouldn’t call it a resolution, per se (as soon as I label anything a “resolution,” I am pretty much resolving to never do it), but I’d love to spend more time reading and less time Keeping Up With The Kardashians this year.
You may have noticed by now that I’m kinda into health and fitness. Just a little. A couple of these books were actually recommended by you guys in response to a tweet of mine a few weeks ago. Gotta love social media!
- Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan: I love Michael Pollan—can’t wait to read this one!
- Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr: I’ve watched a couple documentaries in which Carr speaks to the benefits of juicing and a plant-based diet, but had no idea she also had a book!
- Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis: Do I have plans to totally eliminate wheat from my diet? No. But I love learning about these things, and already stand behind limiting it in your everyday diet.
- Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan, MD: This was another Twitter recommendation. I’m just a little nervous that Ben & Jerry’s cinnamon buns ice cream isn’t considered a “traditional food”…
- Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle: The business of making food and the politics that come with it have some serious effects on our country’s health. I could read about this stuff all. day. long.
Ok, this list of books might officially put me on the no-fly list. But I am not exaggerating even a little when I say I could watch documentaries and read books about drug lords, mobsters, gangsters, villains and serial killers 24/7/365. Don’t be scared of me, please.
- Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden: I am fascinated by Pablo Escobar. I know I was five when he died, making it impossible, but I still secretly wish I was him in a past life. Weird? Creepy? Whatever.
- Brutal: The Untold Story of Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob by Phyllis Karas: Living in Boston, all you hear about is Whitey. I’ve been told this book is awesome, and the author even came to the beach I used to lifeguard at on the Vineyard. So now I have to read it.
- The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory by Jesse Walker: I took a Terrorism class in college one semester (relax, it wasn’t a how-to course), and actually did my final project on 9/11 conspiracy theories. Not saying I necessarily believe them all, but they’re fascinating to read about. This novel covers all the major conspiracy theories in American culture and politics.
- Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn: C’mon, don’t act like you’re not curious about what was going on in Manson’s head as a kid.
- Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger: I mean, I couldn’t have this entire list of non-fiction books make you afraid of me. Written by a marketing professor, this book explores what makes things popular—sounds so interesting!
- Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America by Peter Andreas: Contraband, history, illegal activities, capitalism—sounds like a good read to me!
After switching my major eight times in college (literally), I accidently (literally) ended up with an English degree. This meant reading lots of the classics, and growing to love over-analyzing complicated, old books. I still feel like there are tons of iconic novels that I haven’t tackled.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: 50 Shades of Grey sucked. Literally, but figuratively as well. I’d like some WELL-WRITTEN sexual scandal, thank you very much.
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury is my absolute favorite book ever, so it’s borderline ridiculous that I haven’t read any of Faulkner’s other works.
You need some quick, enjoyable reading material for the beach and travel.
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: I’m actually already halfway done with this novel. Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner) is just such a phenomenal writer that even when nothing is really happening in the novel, it’s such an enjoyable read.
- Bossypants by Tina Fey: I’ve wanted to read this for so long! I hear it’s hilarious—and I’d expect nothing less from Tina Fey.
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling): I actually picked this for book club months and months ago and then never read it. I heard mixed reviews from my friends (most actually didn’t like it), but I’m just so curious to see what a non-Harry Potter novel looks like from Rowling.
Wow. 16 books. I’m going to have to pass on, like, ten Kardashians TV marathons to get through them all this year. I feel smarter already…
What books are on your reading list?