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6. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People by Lenny Bruce - 3rd autobiography so far, I like 'em. Disclaimer: I am not familiar with Lenny Bruce as a comedian. This book was actually mentioned in David Lee Roth's book, so I was intrigued to check it out. It started off very interestingly. He was riding around the country in his convertible with his hot stipper girlfriend/wife pulling scams dressed as a priest and performing in nightclubs. Then he got arrested for using the word 'cocksucker' in his act and the whole second half of the book is basically a word for word account of his court proceedings. It was painful to read.
7. Life by Keith Richards - 4th Autobiography, 3rd of a Musician. This book started off horribly. The tales of him learing to play guitar in his early childhood were pretty great, but then the next 200pgs of the book is basically a list of names of people he knew/met/admired and places he'd been/lived. Seriously it's like 40% of the words in the book are capitalized proper nouns. Luckily, the second half of the book is pretty strong when he's discussing his struggle with drugs and losing his mind. It was OK overall. Too long for what it was.
8. You Suck by Christopher Moore - OK, so this is a sequel to a book I read about 8 years ago (Bloodsucking Fiends) that I remembered enjoying enough to want to read this one. It was pretty meh. It's kinda like the movie 'The Hangover' but with vampires and goth teenagers thrown in. The pages from Abby Normal's diary were the most memorable part of the book, but even that gimmick wore thin pretty quick.
9. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - I'd never read this book. I've watched a few of the various movie versions of the stories over the years, but was never blown away by any of them. Reading this book is very difficult. It's just a bunch of incredibly detailed accounts of some very unusual events. I found my mind wandering a lot. I don't know, I think you need to be under the influence of some sort of psychedelic substance to really appreciate what's going on. I plan on doing that when I read 'Through the Looking Glass' later this year.
10. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut - I knew nothing about this book other than it was a classic and is on everyone's 'must-read' lists. It's quite a crazy book. Time-traveling, alien abductions, POW camps, plane crashes, rich fat wives, contemplations of the value of life, this book has it all. I will read this again. By the time I was comfortable with the pacing and structure of the book I was already 3/4 of the way through it. So it goes.
11. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- This book is supposedly a "must-read" but I did not love it. I think it took me close to a month to get through this one. But I didn't want to give it up because there were some interesting parts sprinkled through out. I'm glad I read it, but will NEVER want to read it again. Made me want to go live in Montana.
12. Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
- I read all of the Dexter books, and I enjoyed them as the cheap, easy books that they are meant to me. No literary genius in here. Quick reads with decent returns. I like the tv show and I like the books. I like how they're each a bit different from each other but the character are essentially the same.
13. Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
- See #12.
14. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
- Pretty interesting book. The title of the book pretty much explains what the book is about. A former co-worker recommended it to me after I tendered my letter of resignation in order to pursue a more pure and simple life. There are good points in it, but it already seams slightly out-dated. I believe it was written in 2004 or so.
15. Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
- See #12.
16. Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay
- See #12.
17. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Holy shit this was an awesome book. I'd seen the movie when it came out, it was good, but not great. The book is fucking GOLD. I was laughing out loud on several occasions. The scene when Patrick Bateman is christmas shopping is probably the funniest passage I've ever read in my life. This book has a place in my Top 5 easily. AMAZING BOOK.
18. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Classic. I read this in high school but wanted to read it again. It reminds me of all the reasons I left NYC. People lusting after 'luxury' and doing anything they can to be in the upper crust of society. Good book, but because the characters are so realistic it makes me a little sick.
19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling
- I read all of these Harry Potter books for the first time. A few of my ex's had been into these and I actually worked in a Borders book store when #5 and #6 were released and saw all the freaks that were into these. I thought 1-5 were OK but the last 2 were actually pretty cool, the last book especially. All the play-by-play of Quiddich is what bored me the most.
20. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- See #19.
21. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
- After loving American Psycho I gave this one a try. It was great but in a totally different way. Where American Psycho worked on various extremes of human behaviors, Less Than Zero is just a monotonous boring recollection of a rich 20-something's summer vacation. I've heard this book compared to The Catcher in the Rye (one of my favs of all time) and I would have to agree with that. It's like reading some rich asshole's diary. It wasn't the masterpiece that American Psycho was, but it was pretty great.
22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
- See #19.
23. Survivor: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
- So this is supposed to be his 2nd best book behind Fight Club. I actually liked this more than Fight Club. The final scene where the narrator demands nothing less than perfect etiquette when the passengers on the plane are eating their meals is one of the most memorable passages in any book I've ever read. This is a crazy book and I definitely would recommend it to anyone that hasn't read it.
24. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
- See #19.
25. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowling
- See #19. It starts getting good here.
26. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- See #19.
27. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- See #19. Easily my favorite of all of them. Great way to end the series. The epilogue sucked, but that's OK.
28. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
- Loved the movie, but HOLY SHIT, this is beautifully written book. I've seriously never read anything that I can describe so confidently and definitely as 'beautiful'. If you watch the movie, you get the story, but reading the book is a whole other experience. JUST FUCKING READ IT.
29. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- I read this because I saw about a million people reading it on the subway when I lived in NYC. I loved the setting of the story (tiny island in Sweden) but the story was pretty generic. I didn't love it. I may try the next book in the series but I'm not really going to keep my hopes high.
30. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
- Haha, this book was pretty funny. It's very stupid and won't win the Pulitzer prize but I was laughing out loud several times while I was reading it. It's a quick read and I would recommend it if you like dumb humor.