When the Polar Vortex hit, it killed my productivity. Our cable and internet were out for three days, and it’s very hard to write when you’re snowed in with two kids and a husband. I gave up on getting any real work done during the waking hours.
However, I was able to make progress on one of my January intentions, namely reading four books. In fact, I’ve actually read five, and am in the middle of my sixth book. Part of this because I’m a pretty fast reader, and part of this is because after a few days of being snowed in with no television or internet, I was devouring books like they were chocolate cake. I am so thankful for the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library eCollection and the free Kindle app on my phone. Otherwise, I might have had to do something crazy, like clean my house.
Here’s what I read this month, and what I’m currently reading:
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution (Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks) – This was a really fascinating look at the history of MTV, from its inception until 1992, when grunge came on the scene and changed the face of music. This book was fascinating in so many ways, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the music of the 80s and 90s. And on a related note, I also read…
Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge (Mark Yarm) – Written in a similar style, this book tracks the grunge movement from long before anyone called it grunge. Another fascinating book, also pierced with sadness. Grunge music was so much more than Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and this book does a great job of covering the entire Seattle scene at the time.
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner Semester at America’s Holiest University (Kevin Roose) – This book is author Kevin Roose’s account of the semester he spent enrolled at Liberty University, which was founded by Jerry Falwell. Roose is a politically liberal Quaker, but he wanted to experience first had what life at a conservative Christian school would be like. An interesting read for Christians and non-Christians alike. Roose’s semester at Liberty was the one directly preceeding Falwell’s death, which creates some interesting circumstances both for him and his fellow students.
License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop (Rick Harrison) – I am a huge fan of the show Pawn Stars, so I was really excited to read this book by owner Rick Harrison. The book is way different than the show, though. It tells the story of Rick’s life, and also shows the other side of the business that you don’t see on television. The Old Man and Corey have a couple of chapters in the book, as well. If you’re a fan of the show, you should definitely check out the book.
Dad Is Fat (Jim Gaffigan) – This book provided me with some much needed laughs on the topic of parenting. Gaffigan has five children, and he’s become an expert on the craziness of raising kids. This book was absolutely hilarious, and any parent can pick it up and say, “Yep. That’s totally true.” I also appreciated that while Gaffigan jokes about parenthood, he never puts down parenting or his children. In fact, he does a great job of defending parents, and his choice to have a big family. If you add only one of these books to your book list, make it this one.
The Gift of Imperfections: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be, and Embrace Who You Are (Brene Brown) – I am almost halfway through this book, and so far I am loving it. Brown has a casual style that makes the book easy to read, and this keeps it from being too clinical, or too touchy-feely. A favorite quote: “Cruelty is cheap, easy, and rampant. It’s also chicken-sh*t.”
What are you reading this month?