When exhaustion, overworked-ness and sickness meets writer's block, it leads to silence on the blog. I'm only human! What can I do? Well... I can give you an update on what I've been reading lately. Here's a little recap of the books I've read in the last month or so:

The Shining by Stephen King -- I've wanted to read this book for years. It definitely did not disappoint. Have any of you read this? I found it much much creepier than the movie. I also think it's a bit sad that none of the daddy issues storyline is in the movie. Believe it or not, this is the first Stephen King novel I've ever read and now I want to read them all. Also, I can't wait to watch the movie again so I can compare.

All That Work and Still No Boys by Kathryn Ma -- I've got a full review of this coming soon, so for now I'll just say I really liked it.

Feminist Agendas and Democracy in Latin America by Jane S. Jaquette -- Also got a review of this coming soon. I liked it, but it did have some flaws.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry -- Yes, I read a children's book. Whatever, I was sick and grumpy and wanted to read a cute story. Besides, if you're not a kid at heart, you need to check your priorities. That said, the book was awesome! It was so cute and made me laugh and a little teary-eyed at the end. (Although now that my period has arrived, I'm not sure how much of that was the story itself and how much was my PMS, but whatever...)

The Little Book: A Novel by Selden Edwards -- I have mixed feelings about this book. It was fun and a quick & easy read, but some parts were not that great and the repetitiveness did get to me. Has anybody read this book? I had never even heard of it before, but apparently it's a bestseller. It's actually got a lot of feminist undertones sprinkled throughout which completely surprised me. I think I might write a review after I figure out exactly what I liked and disliked about this book.

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell -- I'm still reading this actually, but it's really nice so far. It's not award-winning stuff or anything, but it's funny and I love Julie's writing style and my favorite is every time she says her bleaders (blog readers) need her because I chuckle every time. Our blog readers do need us! It's a life or death situation.

Persuasion by Jane Austen -- Folks who follow me on Twitter or Goodreads know that I was supposed to finish reading this book months ago, but I never did. I got bored reading it so I've been listening to an audiobook version instead and I'm almost halfway through. It's actually much more entertaining that way... of course, that's not saying too much because I'm still rather bored. But we'll see what happens!

I'm reading a couple more books, but haven't read enough of them to form an opinion one way or another. But perhaps I shall update you all in a few weeks.

What are you all reading? Any recommendations? I'm doing a seasonal reading challenge right now, so I'm trying to read lots before the end of the fall. Yes, I'm a nerd like that, and darn proud of it!


At Mon Oct 26, 05:56:00 PM Danine said...

Currently reading Evenings at the Argentine Club by Julia Amante and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. Recently finished Feminista by Erica Kennedy and Curse of the Good Girl by Rachel Simmons

I recommend Feminista (feminist chick list - light, easy reading) and Curse of the Good Girl (insightful) highly but am not far enough into the other two to have an opinion.


At Mon Oct 26, 08:07:00 PM Charlotte said...

Persuasion never was my favorite Jane Austen book, I must admit. It's the one major Jane Austen book that I still haven't finished. For whatever reason. Anyway, I'm currently reading Hester by Margaret Oliphant, which was written in the mid-to-late 1800s in Great Britain. I quite like it. It also has feminist undertones, which never hurts.

At Mon Oct 26, 10:05:00 PM afeministotaku said...

I just finished The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell. It was funny, educational, and scarily relevant.

At Tue Oct 27, 03:04:00 PM frau sally benz said...

I love book recommendations!!

Did anybody start this month's feminist book club pick yet? We're reading Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks. I just started and will be posting about it soon.

At Fri Oct 30, 08:22:00 AM OuyangDan said...

I have to admit, I never read Le Petit Prince (my Francais is horrible!) in English. I used to watch the cartoon on Canadian television growing up...

I should get it now...b/c my Quebecois is pretty much non-existent. LOL.


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