What Are You Reading in January?

I’ve been busy this month, but not too busy to get my reading year off to a fairly fine start. This is typical of my reading habits, though. January is always one of my best bookish months.

This is what I’ve been up to in January, reading-wise.

Joan Crawford by Ruth Harriet Louise, circa 1930

BOOKS I’VE FINISHED:

  • OUTSIDE THE LINES: LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF PUNK AND NEW WAVE’S MOST ICONIC ALBUMS BY MATTEO TORCINOVICH
  • JOAN CRAWFORD: THE ENDURING STAR BY PETER COWIE
  • LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
  • THE MYSTERY OF EVERETT RUESS BY W.L. RUSHO
  • LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
  • THE MGM STORY: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FIFTY ROARING YEARS BY JOHN DOUGLAS EAMES

BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING:

  • JUBILEE HITCHHIKER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RICHARD BRAUTIGAN BY WILLIAM HJORTSBERG
  • THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED: THE LIFE, TIMES, AND LEGACY OF JOE HILL, AMERICAN LABOR ICON BY WILLIAM M. ADLER

What are you reading this month? Please share in the comments!

11 Books I Enjoyed in 2017

I enjoyed most of the books I read in 2017, but here are 11 that, for different reasons, caught my fancy.

In no particular order, they are:

  1. SHAKESPEARE: THE WORLD AS STAGE BY BILL BRYSON
  2. SINATRA: HOLLYWOOD HIS WAY BY TIMOTHY KNIGHT
  3. BEAUTIFUL BOREDOM: IDLENESS AND FEMININE SELF-REALIZATION IN THE VICTORIAN NOVEL BY LEE ANNA MAYNARD
  4. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE BY FRANCES AND JOSEPH GIES
  5. PAIN, PARTIES, WORK: SYLVIA PLATH IN NEW YORK, SUMMER 1953 BY ELIZABETH WINDER
  6. UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK BY JOHN DOE
  7. IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM: THE BRILLIANT AND BOLD LIFE OF MARGARET WISE BROWN BY AMY GARY
  8. GRETA GARBO: THE MYSTERY OF STYLE BY STEFANIA RICCI
  9. WHEN PARIS SIZZLED: THE 1920S PARIS OF HEMINGWAY, CHANEL, COCTEAU, COLE PORTER, JOSEPHINE BAKER, AND THEIR FRIENDS BY MARY MCAULIFFE
  10. SIRENS & SINNERS: A VISUAL HISTORY OF WEIMAR FILM 1918-1933 BY HANS HELMUT PRINZLER
  11. THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION: A LITERARY HISTORY OF THE BEATS BY ALLEN GINSBERG

What were your fave books of 2017? Please share with me in the comments.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.

On 19th July, I saw Sarah Shook & the Disarmers at Ace of Cups. Country music isn’t my normal cup of tea, but Sarah Shook is one of the awe-inspiring exceptions.

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

On the 25th, I finally watched one of my bucket list acts: Lydia Lunch. Then I met her and gave her a drink. Good times. Satisfying times.

Lydia Lunch @ Ace of Cups

What Are You Reading in February?

What is on your end-of-winter book list? I’m finishing up preliminary work for my novella; as a result, I haven’t been able to devote too much time to reading. Here’s where I’m at this month…

Since 1st February, I’ve finished:

  • Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends (Foreword by Billie Joe Armstrong)

I’m Currently Reading:

  • Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond 1977-1981 by Liz Worth
  • Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill
  • The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading, and why?

Please share with me in the comments!

Music/Book: No Wave/Art on the Block

The other day, through complete happenstance, I found myself listening to/reading the perfect music/book combo. I’ve never consciously attempted to so harmoniously blend the two before, but I’ll definitely do so in the future. 

Book: Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond by Ann Fensterstock

Music:

No Wave

No Wave

What Are You Reading in March?

What is on your reading list this month?

Do your reading habits change with the seasons, or are you at all times equal opportunity?

After last month’s lighter vacation reading schedule, I’m back to my usual heavy rotation of books.

Since 1st March, I’ve finished:

  • Victorian Women and the Theatre of Trance: Mediums, Spiritualists, and Mesmerists in Performance by Amy Lehman
  • Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director by Patrick McGilligan

I’m in the midst of reading:

  • Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor
  • Women of the Underground: Art: Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves Edited by Zora Von Burden
  • Hawthorne: A Life by Brenda Wineapple

To be finished by 31 March:

  • Keepers: The Greatest Films–and Personal Favorites–of a Moviegoing Lifetime by Richard Schickel
  • Paris in the Fifties by Stanley Karnow
  • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson
  • Women of the Underground: Music: Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves Edited by Zora Von Burden

What is your favourite book this month?

Which book on your list are you most looking forward to reading?

Please share with me in the comments!

Happy reading.