One of my favorite genres is what I like to call the “Hey, my life’s not actually that bad!” memoir, in which the author recounts the true(ish) story of their severe drug addiction, homelessness, crazy affairs, horrifically bad parents, accidental murder, or some combination of all of the above. Whatever the content matter, these books have one thing in common: by the end, I feel like my life is going pretty well in comparison. In honor of Rad Reads Week, I’ve compiled a list of 10 memoirs that will help you appreciate your life for a variety of different reasons. Click through to check ‘em out…
I’m a person who gets on kicks. I see an autobiographical movie and I spend the next five hours researching every iota of information about the person on the internet. The great thing is, whatever you current obsession — no matter how vaguely random — there’s probably a book to satiate it. Here are but 10 topics you might be obsessing over and mostly recent/new books to satisfy your craving.
What you read says a lot about you — and to the dude you’re trying to date. We asked a bunch of our guy friends about what they love and loathe seeing on your bookshelves, and they had a lot to say. We’re not advocating that you alter your reading habits to make some guy happy (no friggin’ way), but this is what dudes might be thinking about you when they see what’s on your book shelf…
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Whatever the reason, there often comes a time in our lives when reading takes a back seat to, you know, everything else. Maybe your crazy schedule leaves you no time to go to the library, let alone relax with a good book. Maybe Twitter has ruined your ability to read anything longer than 140 characters. Maybe you were so traumatized by the endless assigned readings in college that you can’t remember what it’s like to read for fun (seriously, I didn’t voluntarily pick up a book for at least a year after graduation). We’re celebrating Rad Reads Week here at The Frisky, which just happens to be the perfect time to rediscover the magic of a good book. Wondering how to get back in the habit? Check out our 10 tips, after the jump! Keep reading »
Beep, beep! Happy Rad Reads Week! All week we’ll be going off on books we love, books we don’t love, books we love to see dudes reading, books that dudes like to see us reading, books books books boooooooks! To kick things off, we’re sharing the books we currently have sitting on our nightstands. And we want to see yours next! Send photos of your nightstand, with a little bit about the books sitting there, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “My Nightstand!” and we’ll run a slideshow of them at the end of the week! For now, here are the books chillin’ next to our beds right now…
One of our favorite books growing up — oh, heck, it’s still on our bookshelf — is L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Of Green Gables. Anne Shirley, the spunky and idealistic orphan with red braids, is an eternal kindred spirit for every Frisky gal. “Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it” is one of our favorite quotes, aptly summing up Anne’s refreshing outlook on life, despite her early circumstances. This print, featuring Ann-with-an-E’s wise words, will be a helpful reminder to look on the bright side the next time you’re having a rotten day.
How did I miss this masterpiece at the library by author Big Boom? What a funky nom de plume by the way! I look forward to learning more about how to keep my legs closed. [This Isn't Happiness] Keep reading »
Before the Internet took over our lives and blogs and Tumblrs were the common parlance for self-indulgent self-expression, there were fanzines. And I had one. Actually, a few.
It’s hard to imagine a time before the Internet was able to connect people with like-minded obsessions so quickly and easily, but 20 years ago, when dial-up was the only way to get online, blogs weren’t an option. Instead, creative types — social misfits and weirdos, artists and writers — made hand-crafted magazines, called fanzines, relying on scammed photocopies and cut-and-paste aesthetics to express themselves. Keep reading »
It’s Crack A Book Week here at The Frisky, so what better time to start a page-turning series that will keep you occupied for the next few months? A hole was left in our pop culture-loving hearts when HBO’s “Game of Thrones” came to an end a few weeks ago, but the book series that inspired the show — written by George R. R. Martin and endorsed by our own John DeVore — lies in wait, ready to be soaked up along with the hot summer sun. The first four book are available as a boxed set for under $20, a deal we can’t resist. Winter may be a-comin’, but it’s still a long way off — we need Game of Thrones now.