Summer is hot, and today it's also muggy and overcast. It's the perfect kind of day to light incense, grab coffee, and curl up on the couch in front of the cooler with a stack of books. Fisher thinks it's a great day to make a snack out of brainy magazines. Potato, potatoe.

Fisher and I thought we might share what our current stack consists of, and also what we're looking forward to eating... er, reading. Sigh. He is the reason I can't have nice stuff.

1.) Cunt by Inga Muscio. I'm re-reading this book and putting together a guest review on Danielle's blog Sometimes Sweet soon. This book changed my life drastically the first time I read it 5 years ago. I even named my cat after the author. True love.
2.) Bust Magazine June/July 2012. This is the magazine Fisher is chompin' on and I'm particularly engrossed in an article about the many medical reasons people take birth control outside of contraception.
3.) Dry Heat by Steven Eggleton. Local Tucson author sent me a copy of this novel as a thank you for a favor from years ago, and since you'll notice a lack of fiction in my stack I'm eager to give it a run.
4.) Secrets, Lies, and Betrayals by Maggie Scarf. I love this book so goddamn much. It explores the connection between the mind and body and how our body remembers things that our mind doesn't. It's pretty heavy on the solid science part which makes it even more awesome.
5.) Mental Floss: 10 Issue. I love random facts of useless information. Their website is rad too.
6.) Bitch Magazine is my #1 favorite periodical.

1.) Men Who Hate Women and Women Who Kick Their Asses by Donna King. I REALLY hate how much positivity Larson's Girl/Dragon Tattoo series got. Especially the movies. Anyone who calls themselves a feminist and then uses rape for entertainment value is no friend of mine. I would really like to read a whole book on this topic!
2.) How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. This isn't really a how-to guide, but rather a permission to laugh. She also talks about how Batman is more of an empowering role model than Hilary Clinton. Now this I've got to hear.

3.) Germs, Guns, and Steel by Jared Diamond. Someday I will finish this book. It is so crammed packed with history and thought provoking facts that I can only take in a little at a time. I am president of the Jared fan club.

4.) The Blue Tattoo by Margot Mifflin. "In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year-old pioneer traveling west toward Zion with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America." RIGHT?

5.) 30-Second Seduction: How Advertisers Lure Women Through Flattery, Flirtation, and Manipulation by Andrea Garder. When I grow up, I want to be an advertising buff. The concept of perfect beauty was created by old white men in offices to make money... what else has it started?

There is a severe lack of fun fiction in this list... oops. I do want to read St. Lucy's someday. Do you have any other novels you would recommend? What does your summer reading list look like?


  1. oh Cunt. Oh man. I adored that book so much I did my senior thesis project on it a million years ago in college! It seriously changed my life.
    The Book Thief is a great fiction addition, heavy but awesome.
    I'm a fairly new reader (and just up the highway in Phoenix!) and have been LOVING having found your blog!

    1. Meg(ling?), ohmygod WELCOME. I am always over the moon when I meet Az ladies... Danielle from Sometimes Sweet is from Phoenix too! Thanks for the recommendation! SUPER glad you're here and I can wait for you to post something on Cheap Thrills!

  2. I've read a whole bunch since April. Here are some of them :)
    Room by Emma Donohue
    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    Holes by Louis Sachar
    Harry Potter #2
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Hunger Games series (you did read these and they are fiction! :))
    Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan

    Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson
    Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
    The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
    Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? by Jena Pincott
    lots of pregnancy/labor/birth books

    To Read:
    The Hobbit by Tolkien
    The Alchemyst by MIchael Scott
    More Harry Potter :) I haven't read them since I was in HS/college

    Hope that helps :) Let me know if any of those ^^ interest you and I'll give you my reviews ;)


    1. That's true! The Hunger Games was a nice reprieve from all the serious stuff:) I would lie to read The Alchemyst... Ive only heard wonderful things. How was "Room"?

      Remember that one time we had the same book in our bag at the same time coming from different places?

      P.S. You need to update.

    2. Room was really interesting. It's narrated from a young child's perspective on something very very few people go through. I still haven't decided if I liked it or not, it was intriguing so that is the adjective I'm going to go with :) I read it in 24 hours. Then I got in that weird post-finished-book-daze where you finish a book and the transition to real life is all fuzzy and you feel like a zombie...
      I got the Alchemyst on audio AND paperback :) I'll let you know what I think when I get there...

      Yep. Remember that book? I never finished it. I got bored. But the cover was really cute ;) Did you ever finish it? Just shows that we are still eternal twins forever ;)

      Oh yeah. update. I gotta think of something really cool (espesh since it's soooo dang hot) to write about...and I should probably take a picture this week too :)

  3. Ooh, lots of good reads to check out! Thank you!

    I started Guns, Germs, and Steel myself, but am chugging along VERY slowly. Interesting, but just really dense.

    1. Tell me about it. Dense is the perfect word. I was silly to think this was a book club read;)


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