What I am reading and what I have read, a look forward and back

What I am reading and what I have read, a look forward and back January 5, 2015

Photo: Valerie Everett
Photo: Valerie Everett

I love reading, but since I started writing full time and also wrote a book (and am now writing another) I don’t have all the time I used to have to finish 50 or more books a year, so instead I have to carefully select what I read to make sure I can “make it count”.

So here are both some of the 2015 books on my plate as well as some of my favorites from 2014.

Books for 2015

Living the Secular Life, by Phil Zuckerman

I have actually started this book and love it, I will be doing a full review in the coming month, but I already highly recommend it. Especially as a gift to anyone you know who thinks you need a god or religion to live a meaningful or moral life.

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, by Bill Nye

I have also started this book, but it is on hold until I finish Zuckerman’s book. So far it is an easy and fun read with some great digs at my good old friend Ken Ham.

How “God” Works: A Logical Inquiry on Faith, by Marshall Brain

Brain, founder of How Stuff Works has written a book about God and it looks amazing. It is sitting on my bookshelf now I cannot wait to knock this out in 2015

Some favorites of 2014

Not all of these books where released in 2014, but they are ones I read and really enjoyed.

Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, by multiple authors

This book was rather amazing. I honestly thought it would be a utopian styled book about how much better the world would be under socialism while not addressing the real life challenges we would face under socialism. Instead this book was a good hard look at how we can accomplish socialist goals and what socialism’s problems would be. Some authors had proposed solutions for such problems while others acknowledged we still have to figure them out.

I found that to be very honest and paint a real picture of the work we have ahead of us.

Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, by Melissa Gira Grant

I thought I had a good understanding of why we need to reform laws against sex work and how injustice prevailed in the sex industry. I didn’t know anything! This book is a massive eye opener to the sex industry and what problems sex workers, not only in the US but also around the world, face.

In Defense of Leon Trotsky, by David North

I don’t think it is a big surprise to anyone I am an unapologetic, card-carrying socialist. I also love socialist and communist literate. I read so much Marx, Engels, Lenin, and I also read some Trotsky but never dove fully into what made him so important. He always seemed like a background player too many times to me, someone who adored Lenin and was murdered by Stalin.

So reading this book really changed a lot for me. Getting a chance to see how much Trotsky opposed Lenin when he thought he was wrong and just how brave he was to openly oppose Stalin. His theories on revolution, socialism and communism should be required reading material for anyone opposed to such ideologies, even if to only better understand what they mean.

Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan

This book has zero to do with anything else I read this year, but the book was hilarious and an awesome look into the fun and challenges of parenting. Anyone who is a fan of Gaffigan’s work will enjoy this book, even more so if you are a parent yourself.

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