This was a bit difficult because typically when I dislike a book, I’m not glad I read it. Especially with the romantic and erotic books I read. They’re good or they’re bad and there’s not much in between. Although I think I once said, “this is the worst book I’ve ever read but who knew feathers could be so much fun.” Then I thought maybe I could say the 50 Shades series, but I’m not sure there are any bragging rights there. I’m also not sure I disliked it.
To be totally honest I’m not sure how I feel about this. It’s fun to post sexy covers and talk about awkward sex scenes, but this feels like you’re getting to know another side of me and that’s a bit scary. All well, enjoy the list and feel free to tell me I’m wrong!
Believe it or not, I hate being told what to do. That extends to being told what to read. Since these books were required reading in high school they didn’t stand a chance. I rage- read both.
The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
A super compelling story about a young boy stranded in the Canadian wilderness. He learns to stop feeling sorry for himself and fights to survive. My biggest problem with it, and this has been a problem with many other books, is how the author handled the concept of divorce.
The Wave by Todd Strasser
Based off a true event, a teacher shows his students just how easy it is to be brainwashed and succumb to peer pressure. This story scared me. As a 16-year-old with an attitude problem, I couldn’t express why it bothered me so much. But now, as someone who is not 16 anymore, I think I get why it scared me and the lesson it taught.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
This is the one I’m most conflicted about having here. I can see the value in this book, heck I got a lot out of it. But everything was so black and white. I guess overall it was disappointing but still beneficial.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
Look I know this book has helped many people, and part of why I picked it is because I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype. I love reading self-help books, it’s a guilty pleasure for me. Anyway, this book rubbed me in all the wrong ways. It was so patronizing. I felt like I was being talked down to the entire time I was reading it. If you’re smart enough to grasp the greater concept … If you’re not too lazy to really try… you can change your life. But if it doesn’t work it’s not because the technique is flawed, it’s because you’re not a good enough person to do it. There were good parts of the book, it just didn’t make me feel very good as I read it.
Eros, Agape, and Philia: Readings in the Philosophy of Love and The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings by Alan Soble
I read them at the same time, for the same class and I hated them for the same reasons so I’m doing these together.
This is a funny story. See I accidentally ended up with a minor in philosophy because there was a really, really cute professor and for three years I signed up for every class he taught. I want to say my flirting game has improved over the years – it probably hasn’t, but it has gotten much more affordable.
These two books were from those classes, they’re both collections of essays detailing various experiences and perspectives related to sex and love. To be totally honest, I found myself incredibly angry through most of these essays. Like fists clenched, red-faced anger at how anyone could believe the ridiculous things written in those books. It included topics like love being a requirement for sex, sex being exclusively for procreation, and some opinions on consent that aren’t even worth repeating.
If I’m being honest, I’m really not cut out for philosophy. These books were exactly what you would expect for philosophy textbooks. I ended up rage reading them and writing several equally angry and utterly cringe-worthy essays as a result. But, as a professional who talks about sex A LOT this insight into how some people think about sex and love has proven invaluable.
Weird as it will sound I do enjoy reading cookbooks. I may be known to curl up on the couch and read every page. There are lots of neat tips dotted throughout them and that knowledge has saved me more than once in the kitchen.
The reason these are on the list is that as I get older, I’m learning my metabolism just isn’t what it used to be. Diets have become a part of life. Every time my 3-week juice cleanse ends after 42 minutes it’s because I accidentally stumbled upon one of these three books. I’m super glad I read them but, you know, cupcakes and stuff magically appear on my counter afterward.
Well, I’ve got nine and I think that’s where this list has to end. I’d love to hear these are all wonderful choices and everyone agrees with me 100%. Haha, how likely is that? Anyway, if your favorite book ended up on my list, I’m sorry! feel free to tell me all about why I’m wrong. 😉