After being lazy and forgetting, I have just decided to do a book dump and mark off all of the books I read this year. Enjoy.
33. Alphabet Juice Roy Blount Jr. – Very odd and dry, this book is something you read in chunks while taking a dump more than anything. If you hate puns and plays on word, you will never open this book again. Though often witty, the library is where this copy resides.
34. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman is the master of the fantasy genre. His use of imagination and ability to see through the eyes of a child is both colorful and completely all encompassing. A modern Wizard of Oz.
35. Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits by Dave Barry – This is one of the most entertaining books I have read.
36. Dave Barry’s Guide to Travel by Dave Barry – I don’t know what it is about Dave Barry, but this book is pure comedy. In some ways, he fills almost every cliché of comedy writing; callbacks, repeated jokes, non-sequiturs, etc. However, it doesn’t seem trite, it is spectacular.
37. Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs – In an effort to not be a stereotypically pudgy middle age white guy, Jacobs tries to improve his life in every way. From cutting back on noise, meat, and other things, he tries to improve all aspects of his life. Amazing book and, yes, I have changed things about my life. However, it is never pretentious and admits the healthiest, organic and holistic person he knows and loves, his aunt, dies of cancer anyway.
38. From the Basement of the Ivory Tower by Professor X – This book is not funny. I am sorry, but the guy tries to be funny and is not and that drives me crazy. Second, the guy is pretentious and overwhelming. Not ok.
39. Suck it Wonder Woman by Olivia Munn – I have decided I no longer like Olivia Munn. This book is odd, the stories range widely from how she felt awkward modeling to her being uncomfortable and feeling ugly. She tries to come off as nerdy, which is fine, and as picked on, also fine, but her stories makes her unsympathetic.
40. The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman – On the other hand, this book is highly sympathetic. Silverman is honestly funny, but actually is personal; often naked in truth. Good book.
41. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley – Guy takes drugs, acts like nothing is the same. Tries to be profound to varying effect, then claims you will only get him if you take peyote.
42. The Guinea Pig Diaries by AJ Jacobs – Compilation of his essays. Let down compared to other books, but overall good.
43. The Wisdom of Big Bird by Carroll Spinney – Amazing and endearing collection of stories in a loose biography form about being Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. It is sweet, charming, and will bring a tear to your eye.
44. Far Side Gallery #1 by Gary Larson, 45. Far Side Gallery #2 by Gary Larson, 46. Far Side Gallery #3 by Gary Larson, 47. Far Side Gallery #4 by Gary Larson, 48. Far Side Gallery #5 by Gary Larson, In all of comic page history, there are only a few strips that stay in the pantheon. From Peanuts to Pogo, many of them will completely go beyond me because they existed before my context. However, there are a few that exist in my scope. Of them, three completed in my life; the Farside, Calvin and Hobbes, and Foxtrot. All of which I love and Cherish. The lumpy, androgynous people and the bizarre animals create the beautifully ridiculous and frankly absurdly hilarious one frame jokes. I don’t know what is missing from Gary Larson’s brain, but we should all be so lucky. Every time I read the books, a different one sticks in my head. Amazing.
49. Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My! by Stephen Pastis, 50. The Crass Menagerie by Stephen Pastis, 51. Pearls Sells Out by Stephen Pastis, 52. Pearls Blows Up by Stephen Pastis, 53. Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out by Stephen Pastis – Another modern comic, though this one is still trucking along, is Pearls before Swine. If you like the comic, and who wouldn’t; it is possibly the funniest comic around today, you have to wait and get the treasuries. Pastis comments on most of the strips and explains the reactions, thought process, and whatever went into the strips. As for the comic itself, it is often depressing, self-aware, and always funny. The creative contrasts of the characters to the self-deprecating humor all make it my favorite active strip.
53. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman – So, you like delightfully absurd things? Really absurd, like crazy, absurd? Matthew Inman, internet star of the Oatmeal and his new book highlight the shear craziness of owning a cat. If you don’t know the Oatmeal it is hard to describe, but this book is amazing.
54. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! By Jonathan Goldstein – This one is also hard to describe, but suffice to say they are humorous retelling bible stories, but the reverence and moral of the original story.
55. Foxtrot Sundaes by Bill Amend, 56. Jasontron 2012 by Bill Amend – I remember actively being bummed when this strip ended. I remember actively being excited when the characters ages lined up with me and my brothers. As only the Sunday strips continued, the comic occasionally turned ideas that would be daily strips into Sundays, however, the jokes are much more polished and crisp. The volume is down, but the quality remains high.