The Rosero Reading List: currently on my bedside table

Originally posted on: ‘2010-05-14 17:10:06’, ‘2010-05-14 09:10:06’

In response to Lorie’s status message on Facebook asking what people were reading right now, I started writing down the titles of the books currently parked in various parts of the house. I realized my comment would be ridiculously long, so I’m posting it as a blog entry instead.
Would you believe I’m reading about 4 books right now? Since I have more free time now that the Kapihans are over and I’m no longer working for Playboy, I’m reading more and more. Webcomics, RSS feeds, news, books, and even comics. The books are scattered all over the house, so wherever I am, if I feel like reading, I need not look far for a book.
Books:

  • Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe, by Laurence Bergreen. I’ve been inspired to read about

    explorers and adventurers since I read Tony Horwitz’s book about Captain James Cook. I bought this one because it looked like an interesting angle on Magellan, and I’ve never read anything about him other than what’s written in Philippine history books. Different perspectives are always interesting. Unfortunately, I’m finding the writing of this book a little less engaging. Bergreen put a lot of effort into his research, though, taking care to explain the situations of the time, the histories that affected royal and religious decisions, and the importance of these voyages of discovery. I find my attention wavering from time to time, but not enough to give up on the book. I still want to know more about the man who first brought our country to the attention of Europe.
  • Daughters of Britannia: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives, by Katie Hickman. This book talks about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of women on diplomatic mission (either as diplomats or companions of diplomats) for the UK/England/Britain/whatever they called it at the time. Very interesting read, as we see accounts from different women–wives, sisters, daughters–in different times and different parts of the globe. These women braved raids, terrible weather, sick husbands and children, malnutrition, great discomfort, various modes of transportation over an even greater variety of landscapes and cultures.

    Though mine was not a diplomatic family, the book evokes many memories of my own travels, with my own family and friends. It is also a very personal look into the lives of these women who are long gone, as few of the excerpts are from history books or official records, but are instead taken from letters sent to sisters, mothers, friends. It makes me wonder about my own mother’s difficulties when we moved to the desert kingdom in 1987.
  • Marvel Visionaries: Chris Claremont. Adam bought this for Oneal a few years ago. Actually I asked him to buy it, so I could give it to Oneal, but Adam refused to let me pay him back, so it’s a birthday gift from Adam really. 😀 Anyway, Oneal always said Claremont was his favorite X-Men writer, so I said I’d give him a read. So far I read two stories from this collection, and I find them pretty interesting. I hope to read the rest of the book.
  • A Man of my Words, by Richard Lederer.
    I love Richard Lederer! I love reading about other people’s love affairs with words. I love etymologies, anecdotes and jokes related to words and their usage. I also love colloquialisms and observations on the vernacular. So this collection of Lederer’s writings is a fun read. It’s not something I need to read continuously, as the individual pieces (columns, I think) are pretty short. It’s good to pick up when I’m bored. It’s also a great source of trivia, which is often good among my friends for conversation topics.

Webcomics:
I used to read webcomics rather religiously, but with the wedding and the move, I’ve been so busy that I lost track. So I returned to my old favorites and started reading them all from day 1.

  • Ctrl+Alt+Del, aka CAD. I’m not a gamer, not really (Dante will protest), but I love gamer humor. I guess it’s because a lot of our friends are gamers. Also, a lot of the humor isn’t just about games, but also about movies and fandom. Lots of pop culture references, so yeah, it’s right up our alley.
  • Questionable Content. If CAD has games, QC has books and music. They make a lot of references to bands I’ve never heard of, and it’s funny because a lot of it is self-deprecating. The characters are also a lot like many people we know, haha, so it’s hilarious because sometimes they sound exactly like us. I don’t think I’m anything like Dora or Faye though.
  • PVP. Another gamer comic, this one started in 1998. So yes, I have over 10 years’ worth of webcomic to read. The characters work in a gaming magazine called PVP, and it’s funny because they’re different kings of gamers: Cole, the editor, is all about classic games like Pacman. There’s Brent, who is a Mac user (and therefore the minority in the office); Jade, to whom I relate a great deal because she’s usually the only female in the story; Skull the troll (yes, they have a troll); and Francis, The Child. There are other characters, and their antics are really nuts.
  • Something Positive. Dante got me started on this. I started reading it in 2003, I think. There’s a lot of plot and character development, and some things get really crazy. There’s a lot of geek in there: RPGs, theater, music, movies, and other pop culture stuff. I dunno if I like Peejee or Aubrey more. 😀

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