Readathon was this past weekend and I had an awesome time even though there were a few glitches in my weekend. Atticus started running a high fever on Friday (we took him to the doctor today and he diagnosed it as a viral cold) and Sam and Atticus both have pinkeye. Also, this is the week prior to final exams so I worked a 10.5 hour shift on Sunday and didn’t get home until well after 11pm. I did get quite a bit of reading done and co-hosted for three hours on Saturday. I read from 8am – the starting time – until noon, cohosted, and then read from 3pm until 5pm. Then I had a brief break, picked up Chinese takeout, played with the kids, and then started reading again around 8:30pm. I finally threw in the towel around midnight. In the morning I opted to nap and lounge around with the family instead of reading.
I did get a tremendous amount of reading done! How about some mini-reviews?
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather: Willa, girl, you and I are not getting along. I freaking hated this book. There were some really lovely descriptions of nature, but Willa Cather’s portrayal of women makes me batty. Like in My Antonia, there is a teen boy enamoured with the female protagonist and he grows up to be a pretentious, condescending twat. Mrs. Forrester is younger than her husband, beautiful, and lively. There’s a throbbing, smashing me over the head “Otherness” about her. She is just so bright and lively and cannot be contained. Too bad she makes unethical choices … tsk.. tsk… but then later in life ends up okay with the right man to guide her and keep her in line. I CANNOT EVEN.
American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis: This short story collection was witty and wry. I really loved “The Wainscotting War” and “Dumpster Diving with Celebrities,” but a few of the stories were more like really brief monologues and simply didn’t have the same writing chops. I will certainly be checking out more Helen Ellis stories.
Ariel by Sylvia Plath: Ummmm… do I really need to review this? Obviously it was just as fabulous as the other 20 times I’ve read Ariel. I am working on a poetry post for next week where I’ll talk about some more specific things related to Plath and her goshdarn beautiful writing.
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel: I really loved Fun Home, so I was excited to get my hands on this memoir about Bechdel’s mother. There were times the psychoanalyst parts were a bit dry, but the sections where Bechdel is wrestling with memories and difficulties regarding her mother is achingly beautiful. I may have cried a bit and took screenshots to send my therapist.
Bitch Planet, volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick: OH MY FREAKING GAWD THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. It is like The Handmaid’s Tale meets Mad Max Fury Road meets an L7 concert. READ IT NOWWWWWWW!
Lumberjanes, volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson: This comic about some spunky and adorable girl scout-types was winsome. I wish there had been a little more character development in the beginning to help me keep the characters straight, but I’m eager to pick up the next volume.
Those are all the books I finished during readathon; pretty good, huh?
I have one more book that I started during readathon and I haven’t finished it yet. How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis is amazing! Ellis discusses the “heroines” from literature who helped shape her as a young woman. This one will be getting a separate review with my own list of heroines.
Great readathon and I cannot wait until October 22nd for the autumn readathon! I’m wondering if I could get some bookish gals together and get a cabin so we can all read together and break for bookish shenanigans. hummmm…….