books, lifestyle

Current Reading List

current reading list, batgirl the new 52 knightfall descends

Call me a basic bitch, but I really love leg photos like this. Hey, at least I don’t have a PSL as a prop too (but honestly, that’s only because I’m in bed and it’d have a high chance of tipping over).

So uh, wow, a post that isn’t beauty or life updates related?! Can I even call myself a lifestyle blogger when I don’t write much about my lifestyle and barely go outside to do things? Probably not, but I’m still dreaming, so I’m going to lie to myself fake it until I make it. Snagged this idea off Kate, though I’ve seen a handful of other bloggers doing similar posts.

current reading list, our kind by marvin king, complications by atul gawande, batgirl the new 52 by gail simone

Manage your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind | Here’s a classic example of old me – putting things in just for the sake of doing it. I’ve had this book in my sight for years since it was left behind by my sister, but I don’t think I’ll actually get to reading it. Like, ever. So yeah, this is only here because I thought “hey, more content!” – and then realized I was only kidding myself. Also because I don’t want to retake these pictures because I’m pretty darn happy with how they came out.

Complications by Atul Gawande | This is a book I thought I wouldn’t like, but I’m currently reading it on my train ride to and from work and the gym. We often think of surgeons as geniuses or almost even gods, being able to slice up a body, remove or fix whatever’s causing it harm, and sewing it back up. What we don’t think about surgery is that it’s an imperfect science, and that it’s usually practiced on humans, by humans. We aren’t perfect, and neither are surgeons. It’s a very eye-opening book, and I’ve learned a lot of “insider” things that go on in a surgeon’s world. Even if you’re not going into medicine, I highly recommend this one.

Our Kind by Marvin Harris | It’s a book that can can easily go in one ear (eye?) and out the other, but once I really focus on reading it’s actually very interesting! It goes through things like why we do the things we do, from eating meat to homosexuality to warfare. I actually came across this from Reddit from a guy that was explaining why east Asians are usually lactose intolerant, while the rest of the world is not. It’s a really easy read because it’s in the form of essays, so even though the book looks big, half of it is filler pages. He also has this witty sense of humor that I really appreciate in a book like this.

Batgirl Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone | My partner got me into comics when I visited him recently, and gave me a decent stack of ones he thinks I’d enjoy. I bought The Darkest Reflection, and he had Knightfall Descends (turns out he also had The Darkest Reflection, but I bought it and didn’t find out until later and he didn’t tell me because he forgot). It’s written by Gail Simone, and she’s noted as one of the strongest female voices in comics. I love how Simone’s narrative leaves a mark; it’s like you’re feeling what Barbara/Batgirl is feeling. I love the art, too – classic, dark, gritty.  The only complaint I’d have is that the motives for the villains…. are kind of stupid. Other than that, it’s a book that I genuinely want to take my time reading and appreciating, and I haven’t come across something that has that effect on me in a very long time.

Is there anything on your reading list? What are some books that you enjoy?

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  • I miss reading comics. Have fun reading them! 🙂

    • they’re a lot of fun, thank you! 😀

  • I love reading list posts! I haven’t done one in a long time but I use to do them on my blog too! You have a nice list going, even if you won’t read the first book lol!! I suck at reading lately, and can’t seem to make time for it. I’m blaming my league of legends addiction on my lack of reading this year

    • yeah, I remember those! hahaha, league really can suck all the time out of you, especially if most games are 30-40 minutes long. is that why I haven’t seen you on bnet recently?!

      • Haha yes! I haven’t logged in bnet in so long! I stopped playing WoW when I started league hahaa

  • Books? What are books? I only read blogs and online news these days. Sigh….and I feel sad whenever I say that because up to 2011, I was reading two books a week and I have a mini library at home. I would spend my weekends scouring for 2nd hand books because that’s all I afford and I was buying books the way I am currently buying makeup.

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    • aw! that used to be me until recently, this year or so. before that, I’d only really read harry potter every now and again but I’ve really picked up on it in the second half of this year. is a great website for used books, I got our kind for less than $5 including shipping!

  • Sam

    Ooh, Complications sounds interesting. Until I was about 15-16 I wanted to be a doctor, and even though I’m so glad I didn’t end up pursuing that, the medical field as a whole is kind of fascinating to me (thanks to House).

    I haven’t read comics since I was kid! We use to have stacks and stacks of them, but I’m pretty sure they’re all gone now. In general, I used to read a lot more as a kid than I do now. Like Shireen, I’m pretty much all blogs these days (especially beauty / skincare), which I should probably change up! I did read a few books lately, but I’m a sucker for YA fiction, so I don’t go much outside that genre. For some reason, I’m not a fan of the self-help stuff which is what everyone’s into nowadays.

    sam / My Beauty Cloud

    • ha, my parents always wanted me to become a doctor or lawyer (typical asian parent thing) but I was never interested. Comics are so fun, I love seeing the art and dialogue that comes with it! I think my favorite part of comics are the art to be honest, I just marvel at how artists can draw things and people from so many different perspectives while still having it be so dynamic and evoking motion. I’m not a big fan of self help either – I feel like they more or less say the same thing in a different way. Not to push it aside of course, sometimes that can be handy for us to understand something better!

  • I love reading these reading list! They’re actually quite interesting and I do miss reading certain genres! I definitely need to diversify!

    Stephanie |

    • my bf actually introduced me to nonfiction, which before I thought was really boring and would read strictly fantasy/fiction – namely things like harry potter or good omens. nonfiction is great though, gives us a different perspective on loads of different topics!

  • Interesting set of books, I think Complications would be interesting to read

  • ummm legsss yas ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    thank you so much for the batgirl rec! i think i’m going to start now. the artwork is looking awesome and gritty. i like that she looks super tough from the panel. me gusta. i haven’t read anything lately uuugghh. our kind looks interesting! i’ll see if it’s available in google books <3

    • yeah I really want to get back into drawing after reading all these comics haha. I love that she’s tough but isn’t completely recovered from her paralysis in her mind (though my bf was kinda like wtf at that because, yknow, who just miraculously recovers from paralysis through surgery like that with no explanation)

  • Giiiiiirrrlllll! Batgirl from the New52 is my favourite comic from the New52 Line-up! (alongside Suicide Squad and Redhood and the Outlaws)
    I really like what Gail Simone did to her!!! I read the whole series on my tablet but since my birthday was in September I already asked a relative to get me the whole collection!! I also really like Batgirl from Burnside (although it’s lighter when compared to Simone’s work)

    Next Semester I’ll have a full seminar dedicated to Graphic Novels and I am hoping that I’ll be able to do an essay about Batgirl!

    I’ve recently started Leviathan, which is a Steampunk fiction book. And the funny part? This book is about WWI and I have to read the works of Virginia Woolf Cecily Hamilton for a current seminar.

    Take care!

    • I’ve always liked tangible books over electronic copies, haha. even though electronic is so much easier to carry around, I really just love being able to flip pages and whatnot. I didn’t enjoy burnside as much, it’s far too light for me and idk, the beginning when babs almost hooks up with a guy doesn’t seem much like her. though, it is nice for a light read and I enjoy the art for it too!

      i think my bf has leviathan! he’s interested in ww1 and 2, even reads nonfiction about them and really enjoyed dunkirk. I hope you’ll be able to do that batgirl essay, it sounds fun already!