Reading With the Roost, Take Two

by Ryan

This is the official Reading With the Roost list for this summer. There’s quite a few books on there, but between the four of us I think we should be able to take care of it. We put a nice little Amazon widget on the sidebar, so if you feel like reading along with us just find the book on the widget and click through.

When we post about a book we’ll update this page as well. Hopefully the list will be done by the time the Bills and Sabres start playing meaningful games again.

When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi, David Maraniss- A friend gave this book to me to read over the summer. I have a feeling it will be worth reading.

Season on the Brink, John Feinstein- This was on the list last year, so let’s try it again this summer.

Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, David Simon- Chris is a big fan of The Wire, so this is on his list for sure.

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, Charlie Huston- This one’s on Chris’ plate as well. It has an Amazon review from Stephen King, so it’s got that going for it. Which is nice…

All the President’s Men, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein- Sort of a must if you think about it.

FreeDarko presents The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today’s Game– Rich has already read it, but the rest of us will play catch-up.

Ball Four, Jim Bouton- This was on the list last year and we never got to it, either. We’re going to do much better this summer.

Don’t Stop Believin’: How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life, Brian Raftery- Heather B. recommended this one, and since Klosterman doesn’t have a book out until fall we just might have to settle for this.

City on the Edge, Mark Goldman- I bought this book sometime in October but never got to crack it open. Consider it done this time around.

Then Levy Said to Kelly…, Jim Gehman- I think between the four of us we have this and the Sabres one, too. August is probably a good time for this one.

Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell- I’m pretty excited about this one. In fact, this one will probably be done first.

Between the Lines, Ray Scapinello, Rob Simpson- This was a Christmas gift a few years ago. I read a chapter, but let’s read the rest.

The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons- This isn’t out until October, but preorder it and read along with us.

God Save the Fan, Will Leitch- I’ve already finished it, but Rich will give it a spin and we’ll discuss it together. It’s a solid read with some new material in the paperback edition.

Searching for Bobby Orr, Stephen Brunt-
A few people recommended this last year, and I just ordered it. Very excited.

Seven Seconds or Less, Jack McCallum – An enlightening glimpse into the machinations of Mike D’Antoni’s Suns at the 2005-06 height of their powers.

The Breaks of the Game, David Halberstam – Many have called this one of the best books on basketball ever written, and frankly that’s good enough for me.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks – A two-part read about the rise and fall of the undead, written with the dark humor one would expect from Mel’s son.

American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis –  Sometimes it’s fun to go to dark places. And while Ellis’ novel is heavy on the darkness, at least he’s committing his horrible crimes against vapid 80’s yuppies.  Do you like Huey Lewis?

Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street, Michael Lewis – The man who wrote Moneyball talking about people exploiting inefficiencies in the system the first way he experienced it, as a player on 1980’s Wall Street.

Haunted, Chuck Palahniuk – One of the best doing it today, Haunted is Palahniuk at his twisted and depraved best.

Pygmy, Chuck Palahniuk- This is his newest book. It’s on the way to my house as I type this, and I can’t wait to get to it.

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell- Brian S. recommended this one. It has “Atlas” in the title, so I think it’s already a good pick.

Scar Tissue, Anthony Kiedis- Rich wanted me to add this one, so he’ll have a post coming on the Red Hot Chili Peppers autobiography.

Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, And the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York, Diana Dillaway- Buffalo Geek suggested this one, and I trust him when it comes to this kind of thing. Should be a good read along with City on the Edge.

Let us know which ones you have or are interested in reading with us. I think Outliers will by my first book, but all four of us will be reading. We’ll give you a heads up when we are close to finishing and have a post coming.


  1. Scorsese is also adapting Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” into a film so I might find time to read that before it comes out in October.

  2. Mike

    RE: American Psycho. It’s more than just dark. It’s a pretty sick book and I have a pretty high tolerance for that kind of thing. It was even too much for me sometimes. If you’ve seen the movie, it’s nothing compared to the type of detail and just brutality of the book. Not that it’s not an interesting read. You wonder how Bret Easton Ellis actually conceived of some of the stuff that’s in there.

  3. I think reading through that list, exhausted me from Summer Reading.

  4. I second the comment about American Psycho. I’m still glad I read it but… brace yourself for some really disturbing shit.

  5. I’m ready to go with Outliers and City on the Edge.