So here are books I have recently read/listened as audiobooks. You may easily detect randomness of my reading list – I like wide variety of books, anything from pulp fiction to Victorian classics. I especially like non-fiction books and biographies. How people live their lives intrigues me.
One of classics I finished this week is “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens, originally published in 1861. He was very prolific writer, and many of his books are thick and intimidating, but once you start it, it’s full of adventures and highly enjoyable. This one has been hard one for me as I found it difficult to relate to Pip, the main character – but I finally finished it and enjoyed it too. I feel that maybe I needed to be an adult to enjoy this- Like Pip, I needed to grow up to realize there are many amazing gifts we don’t appreciate when we were younger. It was good to realize that.
By the way, I tend to let go of books I don’t enjoy, even if it’s a classic or critically acclaimed books. As a matter of fact, I recently picked up one of top 10 books of 2015 thus far, and only went through 5 pages. I do the same with movies – I have no problem walking away from something I don’t enjoy. Theaters, it’s face to face so I am more tolerant/respectful for the people performing in general, but there have been shows I didn’t return for the second acts.
The second book I finished is Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon, published in February 2015. I didn’t realize she published a book, then I saw someone reading it. It made me curious, and it happened to come across my way- so I picked it up. I am also reading Crazy Enough by Storm Large (published in 2012), and I got confused by two books as they both involve family members with mental ailments. Then, when I kept on reading, it reminded me more of Joan Didion books – I could feel sadness and confusion occurs after a loss, regardless how that loss comes about. I appreciated Gordon’s honesty (no “names were changed to protect identity” here, if you are curious about how she felt about some of well-known musicians, she disclose snippets … fulfilling my gossip needs.)
Crazy Enough, on the other hand, is indeed somewhat crazy and a lot of swear words in it. It’s smartly written but I had to rest it for a while because I get kinda prissy at times (as you can tell my Charles Dickens habit, I appreciate eloquence.) But there is no doubt Storm Large is very smart in addition to being an accomplished singer, and I plan to return to this book to finish in fall.
Speaking of music memoirs, have you read Just Kids by Patti Smith (published in 2010)? It was great. Both Kim Gordon and Patti Smith are musicians who have very close connection to visual arts, and maybe that’s the part that intrigues me- because I am an artist myself. To be honest, I enjoyed their books more than their music, and would recommend both of them.
Lastly, I read Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance (published in 2015). He is definitely an interesting persona with plenty of items to write about, Paypal, Space X, Tesla, Solar City, multiple high profile marriages and divorces, multiple children, multiple ambitions. I felt the book did a great job in explaining complex ideas in pedestrian terms while focusing on his innovations, while not ignoring shortfalls he had to overcome. It makes comparison with Steve Jobs to some degree. By the way, in the past I read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson published in 2011 as well, which is altogether very fascinating book. I found both books very interesting, and recommend both.
I hope you are all enjoying the fall reading. Let me know which books you are enjoying this fall!