2015 Reading List Update

I’ve been terribly busy with travel and getting this house in shape for Mouseketeer’s arrival. There are only a few weeks left!

I have read, though, as I’m on a quest to read 50 books in 2015.

Over the past few weeks I have read the following:

Think Like a Freak – Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute (Fantastically strange read and a real page turner. I’m not even kidding.) -Zac Bissonnette
How to Use the GoPro Hero 4 Silver (as I picked one up) – Jordan Hetrick
GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking – Bradford Schmidt & Brandon Thompson
How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck – Steve Stockman
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way – Jon Krakauer
13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 / 50 – Freakonomics, Beanie Babies, GoPro, Video Editing, Krakauer

This was just released today so I am starting it this evening:


Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Synopsis

In Missoula, Krakauer chronicles the searing experiences of several women in Missoula — the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.

Some of them went to the police. Some declined to go to the police, or to press charges, but sought redress from the university, which has its own, non-criminal judicial process when a student is accused of rape. In two cases the police agreed to press charges and the district attorney agreed to prosecute. One case led to a conviction; one to an acquittal. Those women courageous enough to press charges or to speak publicly about their experiences were attacked in the media, on Grizzly football fan sites, and/or to their faces. The university expelled three of the accused rapists, but one was reinstated by state officials in a secret proceeding. One district attorney testified for an alleged rapist at his university hearing. She later left the prosecutor’s office and successfully defended the Grizzlies’ star quarterback in his rape trial. The horror of being raped, in each woman’s case, was magnified by the mechanics of the justice system and the reaction of the community.

Krakauer’s dispassionate, carefully documented account of what these women endured cuts through the abstract ideological debate about campus rape. College-age women are not raped because they are promiscuous, or drunk, or send mixed signals, or feel guilty about casual sex, or seek attention. They are the victims of a terrible crime and deserving of compassion from society and fairness from a justice system that is clearly broken.


19 / 50 – Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town – Jon Krakauer

Vaults of Walt – Jim Korkis

I’m a little behind on my reading, so I decided to churn through three quick titles by Sunday to get a little ahead. I have not finished “In The Kingdom of Ice” yet, but I am going to pick it back up Sunday.

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Vaults of Walt - Synopsis

Best-selling author Jim Korkis brings forth from his famous Vault of Walt stories about Disney films and theme parks, Disney stars and attractions, and of course, Walt himself.



I’m on a quest to read 50 books in 2015.

5, 6 & 7 / 50 The Revised Vault of Walt, Vault of Walt Vol 2, Vault of Walt Vol 3 – Jim Korkis

In the Kingdom of Ice – Hampton Sides

In the Kingdom of Ice

In the Kingdom of Ice - Synopsis

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole…National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. James Gordon Bennett…funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of “Arctic Fever.” The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the Jeannette sank to the bottom, and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice—a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In The Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.


Non-fiction Adventure is my favorite genre of writing and I will be reading a lot of it this year. I also lean towards adventure retellings where something has gone tragically wrong (see: Into Thin Air, The Hot Zone, The Endurance, The Worst Hard Time). I’m also a huge of fan of true crime and may sprinkle a few in this year.

For my 35th birthday, I ordered myself a Kindle Voyage. It’s greatest advantage over the Paperwhite that I use now is the 300ppi which allows for better PDF support and will make reading graphic novels a better experience. I have been fantastically satisfied with my Paperwhite and I expect I will be very happy with the Voyage as well.

I’m on a quest to read 50 books in 2015.

4/50 – In the Kingdom of Ice – Hampton Sides

Blue is the Warmest Color – Julie Maroh


Blue is the Warmest Color - Synopsis

In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.


I saw the film before I read the book. Is that cheating?

I’m on a quest to read 50 books in 2015.

3/50 – Blue is the Warmest Color – Julie Maroh

Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer


Under the Banner of Heaven - Synopsis

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.


I love Jon Krakauer’s writing style so much. His novel Into Thin Air is very high on my recommendation list.

I’m on a quest to read 50 books in 2015.
2/50 – Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer

The Martian – Andy Weir

The Martian


“I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Hermes or Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Hab designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m fucked.” – Mark Watney


I’m on a quest to read 50 books in 2015. With my Paperwhite and calibre in tow, I hope to make it happen.

1/50 The Martian – Andy Weir

Reading / Watching Lists

Since I moved into a new house I find that I am going to the library more. The St. Louis County Library has a better website than the other county where I used to live. I typically order books online and then pick them up when they all get there. I also cruise the library and get a few non-fiction titles. This is what I am reading:

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel. I’m a super fan of Bechdel so I bought this one.
B is for Beer by Tom Robbins
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Habibi by Craig Thompson, the author of Blankets.
Why I Became an Atheist by John Loftus
Best American Comics of 2011, edited by Bechdel, Abel, and Madden.

I spend more time reading than watching TV. Although, I devote Sundays to television. This is what I am currently watching:

Mad Men on AMC.
The Killing on AMC.
Downton Abbey (Season 2) on DVD.
How The Universe Works on Discovery (available on Netflix)
Through the Wormhole narrated by Morgan Freeman begins June 6th!