The Season of Fast Reads | The Book Update

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Looks like most of my reads nowadays are quick reads. Works for me very well, since I usually go days in between reading and it becomes very hard to go back to a book after a few days of being away from it. It's really because of this that I bailed on Amsterdam, however I have been reading other books.

Finished reading


Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly: I first heard of this book only very recently when I came across an article about the movie based on this book. Almost soon after, Hoopla had this book available and I pretty much devoured it right away. An awesome woman protagonist? Check. Doing amazing things in 1887? Check. An intriguing subject? Check. If you're not aware, this book is about Nellie Bly's ten days being undercover as an inmate in the Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum, where there appeared to be several very sane women also being held against their will.

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen: This book is part of a collection of drawings by the author on life, being a woman, and certain experiences. It has some very funny drawings and observations and also some that didn't resonate with me as well. It's however a very quick read and can even be that coffee table book that everyone would love to thumb through.

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell: This picture-poetry book about dancer Josephine Baker was a very different kind of read for me. I learned a lot about Josephine Baker, the American-turned-French dancer, singer, and actress, who achieved much success in France but not in the country of her origin because the US was not ready to acknowledge African Americans talents.

Sully by Capt Sullenberger: Sully is probably a household name by now. If, by any chance, you missed his remarkable water landing on Flight 1549 that saved 155 passengers after their plane was struck by birds, then you must have at least noticed the movie Sully running in the theaters right now. I'm in awe of this man and remember feeling very emotional when the news of Flight 1549 first came. But, this book didn't impress me much (liked it, didn't love it). I just finished listening to this book a few days ago, so I'm still processing it.

Currently reading


The Woman in Black by Susan Hill: I decided to make this one my Halloween pick after several of you recommended it a few weeks ago. I have already watched the movie which makes reading this book easier (right?) but the movie freaked me out and I am sure the book will too. Most of my reading is at night in the dark so the book is definitely being very atmospheric.

What's Next?

Hoopla had Erica Jong's Fear of Flying available and I downloaded it. However, I am sure that my only reason for picking it is that it is touted as a feminist book. It's however advertised as being almost all about a woman's desire to have sex without strings attached, albeit at a time when such an idea was rad. Still, I want to know from those of you who have read it - did you like this book? If yes, what is it that you enjoyed the most about it? If not, what didn't you like about it?

What pages are you currently lost within?

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