Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I feel bad about my reading habits

When I was a kid, I loved books. I was an only child, so the characters were like friends and I constantly had something to read with me where ever I went.

I blame the internet for my demise. In high school, I started to prefer the warm glow of AOL instant messenger to my book friends, and reading became something I did rarely, if ever. I still like it, but making time for it (and time to go to the library or shelling out money for new books) are just something I don't do as often as I should. But every once in a while, a mood strikes me. I've been in one of those moods the past few weeks so I wanted to share via Steph's linkup.

I've been meaning to read Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck for ages. I picked it up when we were in Dallas a few weeks ago (for $1!) and thought that reading it as I approached my 30th birthday seemed appropriate. It's short stories of Ephron's observations, mostly spanning her life (she wrote When Harry Met Sally among other things). She talks about falling in love with an apartment and the way she expresses herself through food and has a funny outlook on child rearing. This book was beyond my current stage of life but I still found it to be interesting. Plus after wikipedia-ing her, I learned that she was married to Carl Bernstein and knew who Deep Throat was for years before he came forward and no one believed her. I found that fascinating.

Flat Out Love has been all over blogland, so I thought I would give it a shot. It was a free download on my Kindle. I knew there was a companion book, but I didn't know what it was about. Honestly I was trying to read a preview when I accidentally downloaded it, but oh well. I thought it was a book written for adults but it seemed very YA, which is fine but not what I wanted. I figured out the schtick of it pretty fast so I did read quickly to see how it was revealed, but overall, I thought the story was kind of silly. I read it in less than a day, though, so if you want something light, then it's... fine.

I've read both Mindy Kaling's and Tina Fey's books, but I want to reread them and then get Amy Poehler's. There's also a library nearby that I really should check out... any suggestions? I seem to like short stories rather than novels, probably because I tend to abandon books for weeks at a time. I'm not much of a fan of chick lit or romance novels, either.

I'm kind of cheating because this isn't a book but I feel like Steph supports rebels. People have suggested that I listen to audiobooks since I have a long commute but again, I'm cheap. I heard about Serial from a few bloggers and I was intrigued. I like listening to people talk while I'm in traffic and it was free and I heard it was addictive. I. am. hooked. Serial is a podcast (easily downloaded on an iPhone) that is telling the story of a murder that took place in 1999. A high school student was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, but the reporter/narrator has taken an interest in the case and explains a new aspect of it in each "episode." (The first one was about an hour, the rest have been around thirty minutes). A new one comes out each week for apparently as long as there's story to tell. The story is told through interviews with witnesses and people close to the victim and the man accused of killing her. If you like Dateline then I totally recommend it. There are a lot of articles about it, too, so if the podcast isn't enough, you can read lots of commentary (and we can discuss because I'm on episode six and I don't know what I think!)

Life According to Steph


  1. like you, i used to read non-stop! i blame other things (like crocheting) that's been taking up my free time...that and there aren't that many good books out there! the last amazing series i inhaled was by justin cronin and i'm waiting for his last book in the series.

  2. I think blogging does reduce the amount I read but I totally have to read from a book everyday. The Nora book sounds really good. I love Dateline so I am checking out the podcast!

  3. I read a Nora Ephron fiction book not too long ago and really liked it. It was written in the 80s so I had to remember there was no email or cell phones lol. I still loved it. Her essay books have been on my TBR list forever. Just go ahead and join Goodreads. You know you want to.

  4. serial sounds terrifying :-| lol
    i feel bad about my neck sounds really interesting!

  5. I'm totally into Serial too! I think I'm one episode behind, but it is totally addicting. Mostly, the things that just don't make sense.
    I keep thinking that I really hope she finds a smoking gun or something because poor Hae deserves justice. If Adnaan is innocent, who did it? If he did, it would be nice to have something more solid.
    That Jay guy is way sketchy. I need to know what his deal is.

  6. Serial sounds so cool!!! I love mystery books and I'm just getting into podcasts so this is perfect!

    Oh, Tina and Mindy's books were excellent! I can't wait to read Amy's!

    Thanks for linking up!

  7. I have been thinking about audio books for my commutes and was wondering where people get them. Serial sounds super interesting.

    I feel blogging/blog reading takes away a lot of my reading time.

  8. Hahaha I feel like Steph loves rebels too!

    If I were to suggest short stories they would be by Stephen King, I don't usually read short stories but Rage and Stand By Me are two of my favorites.

  9. Oh! My heart! I feel like if you knew going in that FOL was a YA book you might have felt differently about it. I can totally see how it wouldn't strike your fancy otherwise though. Everyone is ALL OVER that serial podcast. I haven't listened yet though!

  10. LOLOL I totally support people who do it their own way although I myself am not a rebel.

    Serial sounds super intriguing. I should listen to that on the train so I can stop hating so hard on my fellow commuters.

    I loved Tina's book, thought Mindy's was aiiight, and can't wait for Amy's. I think Amy is kick ass.

    I'm a huge Nora Ephron fan.

  11. Since you like short stories, have you checked out Sloane Crosley's essay collections? They're hilarious!

  12. Your library might have audiobooks - my library has a pretty good selection.
    I've heard about Serial...I might download it when I get brave!

  13. I get my audio books from the library.

    I read Flat Out Love knowing it was YA and loved it at the time.

    The Amy Poehler book is on my to read list too.

    I never heard about Serial before. Haven't ever listened to a podcast.....hmmmm you have me interested.

  14. Totally listen to audiobooks or podcast-stories! It's still a story :).

  15. I use to read so much more too, especially before the blog. I also blame the internet!! :) Your library probably offers electronic books and then you don't even have to make time to go. I just went and got my SD library card the last week, I felt guilty about still using by NC one. They have audio books too.

  16. I used to read more, too!! Well, I still read a lot, but I don't read random pleasure books as much anymore. I am in a book club at work and we read professional and personal development type books (Currently reading The Power of Habit). I read the Bible every day. I read childrens books to my 1-year old all the time. But sitting down and reading something just for fun? Not so much. And I miss it!!


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