When the Bravos got eliminated from the playoffs, I put up a poll asking you all what I should do until baseball kicks up again next year. The winner with 9 votes (I get 2000 hits a week and only 32 of you bother to vote?) was Catch up on some books. For November I shall heed your advice and try to read a book or two in between work, family and drawing ponies. I can't do Movember because I already have a full beard and I have too many other hobbies at the moment to write a novel so NaNoWriMo is out. Reading a novel (or equivalent non-fiction book) will work. I've got a list of 10 books I've wanted to read or been meaning to read or started reading but gave up for some reason and I want you all to pick the book for me because I had a hard enough time narrowing the list down to ten.
Poll's on the side - here's what I got.
Generation X - Douglas Coupland.
I've had this book for over 15 years and while I've skimmed some passages and cartoons I've never got around to reading the damn thing. I regret not reading this thing in the '90s, just so I could re-read it now and see how ridiculous it seems 20 years later.
George Carlin - Last Words
George is one of my Heroes with a Capital Aich, and I picked up this book in the bargain bin early this year. Autobiographies of Frank Zappa and Lenny Bruce are two of my favorite books, so George could end up joining them on the Good shelf.
Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I've read a bunch of Dick already (heh) but I haven't gotten around to this one yet. The one drawback: I've got this version, which I think is the first paperback edition. I'm kinda scared to read it.
R. Buckminster Fuller - Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth
I saved this from the discard pile at the bookstore I worked at in College and never got around to reading it. Science! Plus Buckminster Fuller is an awesome name.
Joystick Nation - JC Herz
What can I say? I grew up with Old School video games. I like them.
We Could've Finished Last Without You - Bob Hope
Gotta have one Baseball book on the list. A memoir of the Atlanta Braves by their promotions director back when they were the worst team in baseball.
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Kinda embarrassed I haven't read this all the way through yet. I've tried a couple of times and put it down for some reason or another. I have a theory that you don't come across a work of art or writing or music until you're ready for it and if you try to force it, it won't work. Maybe I'm ready now?
The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
Another book that's been following me around since college. Me likey crazy conspiracy. I also need to read the Illuminatus! Trilogy one of these days...
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
I've read a bunch of his essays and watched the films, but I've never read one of his books. This is the only book on the list I don't actually have in my possession, so if you have a better suggestion for one of his books to read let me know.
Bluebeard - Kurt Vonnegut
One of the few books of Kurt's I haven't read. Kurt is my favorite author so it will get read eventually.
Choose wisely and choose all the books you think I should read. I don't want 32 votes for 33 books. Your choice will actually be the second book I read this month, as this came in the mail today.
I'm a big fan of Julia Wertz' comics and since I have a couple of Barnes & Nobles gift certificates I decided to support some of my favorite artists.