amethyst_rei (amethyst_rei) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 1-5

So here goes.
Books 1-5

#1: The Exorcist -- by William Peter Blatty - Basically, a young girl named Regan becomes possessed. Regan's mother turns to the local priest, Damien Karras, who at the time is having his own crisis of faith, for help.

>> This book was disturbing, though not nearly as horrifying as I thought it would be. Um. What I liked best about the book was how thin the line was between "possession" and biopsychology. It was particularly interesting to note just how powerfully ails of the mind can influence the body, even though Regan was very much possessed in the book-- or, at least I'd like to think so. The alternative, which was that it wall in her head, is far more frightening, IMO.

#2: The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist's Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases -- by Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan - The title speaks for itself.

>> Very fascinating book. Some of Gary's cases were extremely interesting, such as the one about the polygamous psychopath and the woman with studentitis. What's also interesting is that we get a great front row seat to Small's thoughts. He's just as fallable as the rest of us, and never once tries to hide the fact.

#3: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella - Emma Corrigan has lots of secrets, all of which spill out when she, acrophobic that she is, experiences some insane turbulance on a plane. She ends up telling the stranger sitting next to her her entire life story, dirty little secrets included, and the fact that she'll never see the man again is the only thing keeping her from having a break down. But because her luck is just that bad, the stranger turns out to be the mysterious CEO of the company she works for.

>> This book was all kinds of cute. Very interesting, and tons of fun.

#4: I've Got Your Number -- by Sophie Kinsella - Poppy Wyatt is about to get married to the greatest man, ever. That is, until she loses her engagement ring-- a family heirloom. Her own phone having been stolen, she steals one that looks to have been discarded, only to find out that it's the phone of a pretty important person. Lots of interesting correspondences ensue.

>> Another interesting chick-lit by Sophie Kinsella. The book contains a lot of interesting tropes, such as correspondence-by-text, the disapproving in-laws, and what to do when you find out your oh-so-perfect fiance is anything but.

#5: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters -- by Jessica Valenti - "Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagates on her popular website, Covering a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more, Valenti provides young women a primer on why feminism matters."

>> So. I was really interested in learning about feminist issues and, well, what feminism really is. This book was recommended to me, and I really enjoyed it. The book is very eye-opening and fascinating, and the author's 'take-no-bull' attitude is both refreshing and inspiring. This is the only feminist  book I've read so I can't really compare it to others, but my experience reading it was definitely a good one.
Tags: chicklit, feminist, horror, non-fiction, psychiatry, romance, supernatural

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