Autism, Norse gods, and Tina Fey

Question: What do Autism, Norse gods, and Tina Fey have in common?

Answer: Actually, nothing.
BUT…they are on my list of current reading material.
Reading Right NowOne of my goals was to read more in 2016 so this is my first monthly post of
“What I’m Reading Right Now.”

I’m sure this post will contain more books than any other month this year because
1. I’m motivated
2. I’ve been on Winter Break from work (my only work-break I get during the year) so I’ve had a lot more time to read.

So, I went a little nuts at the library and have really been enjoying a wide variety of books in the last three weeks.

So, here’s what I’m reading right now:


Different…Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD


The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s

by Temple Grandin

Have you heard of Temple Grandin? If you have not, I am so excited to introduce you to her. A friend loaned me Thinking in Pictures by Grandin a few weeks ago and I devoured the book in 2.5 days.
Grandin is a PhD, an animal rights expert, a cattle lover, a prolific author, and Autism advocate and speaker. She also is a person with Autism. I have been so inspired by her life (in fact, I even borrowed the HBO movie, Temple Grandin, from InnerLibrary Loan!), as she has worked to overcome many challenges; she never stops learning about herself and desires to help other people with ASD learn and grow as well.

Different…Not Less is a collection of first person essays collected and edited by Grandin. Each essay tells the story of a person with Autism, his or her life, challenges, and success stories. I am 72 pages in an itching to get back to it.

I love reading stories of people who overcome challenges. I am especially inspired by these stories because I want to give Benji his best start in life and reading about the experiences of other people with ASD gives me unique insight into the way his mind also works.

The Way I See it is a collection of Grandin’s articles on a wide variety of topics: Early Intervention, Sensory Issues, The importance of developing Talent, Motivating ASD students, and much, much more.

I’m almost 100 pages into The Way I See It and I really enjoy the pace and style of the book. The sections are short and easily digested. I love Grandin’s style. It is very direct, with vivid examples, description, and a strong logical flow. Her writing is very easy to read. Right now, I can’t get enough of her works.

To be honest, these are the first “Autism books” I’ve read. I have flipped through some more “traditional” Autism books at the library but have always shelved them because I felt completely overwhelmed. I hate “how to” books. They make me feel like I am already failing.

But reading other people’s stories is enjoyable and gives me perspective. Grandin’s books are giving me a lot of hope right now.

Norse gods:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer  by Rick Riordan

I have no shame in admitting that I love Rick Riordan’s books. Have you heard of Percy Jackson? Yeah, that’s Rick Riordan.

I am a true fan. I’ve read every Percy Jackson book, the whole Gods of Olympus series, his Egyptian Gods series, and was super excited to hear that he is writing a new trilogy with a focus on Norse mythology.

While I am very familiar with Greek and Roman mythology, and even Egyptian myths,  Norse mythology is a bit of a mystery to me–one that I am eager to dive into.

Plus, (call me a middle school boy!) I love Riordan’s style. His writing has great pace; his characters are likable and imperfect, and his tone  and jokes are sarcastic and, well, things a middle school boy would find funny, like physical humor and stinky things. And apparently that just strikes my funny bone too. My sons are rubbing off on me. ha!

I’ve been reading The Sword of Summer before bed. It is really light, fast paced, and requires no critical thinking. Exactly what I want for bedtime reading.

Here’s the only bad part: Once I finish this book, I have to wait until OCTOBER for the second book in the trilogy to come out. I’m rooting for you, Rick!

Tina Fey:

Bossypants by Tina Fey

This book has been on my to-read list for a while. It was checked out a few months ago when I was at the library so I jumped at the chance to get it last time I was there.

I’m only 3 chapters in as this book has not captured my attention as much as the others. But overall, I am enjoying Fey’s style. It’s a great combo of interesting personal history, self-deprecating anecdotes, and irreverent humor.

The progression seems very episodic (influenced by her time at 30 Rock?) and slightly random (influenced by SNL?) but she kinda makes you want to be her best friend.

I’m probably reading way too many books right now but I really enjoy the variety and being able to switch topics/books/stories based on my mood and time of day.

Classes start again on Monday so my precious reading time is going to be cut very soon. Sniff sniff! I’m enjoying it while I can.

What are you reading right now?


  1. bellabooksandbaking

    Just finished “The Aeronaut’s Windlass” by Jim Butcher (first novel in a new adult fantasy series and it was absolutely fantastic – think complex magic system, snarky talking cats, and air ship battles), and also just finished “The Curse of the Pharaohs” (second in the Amelia Peabody series) by Elizabeth Peters and was immensely pleased with it. Now Erik and I are listening through the Narnia series, which he’s never read! Kenneth Branaugh narrates The Magician’s Nephew, so it’s been fun. I’m reading “The Book of Snobs” by William Makepeace Thackeray and am loving it, as well!

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