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Books 7 & 8 - 2014

Book 7: How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – 301 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Caitlin Moran is the profane, witty and wonky best friend I wish I had. Shes the feminist rock star we need right now. Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother ‘Caitlin Moran is so fabulous, so funny, so freshly feminist. I dont want to be like her I want to be her.’ Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter ‘Caitlin Moran puts a new face on feminism, cutting to the heart of womens issues today with her irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious How to Be a Woman.’ Half memoir, half polemic, and entirely necessary, (Elle UK), Morans debut was an instant runaway bestseller in England as well as an Amazon UK Top Ten book of the year; still riding high on bestseller lists months after publication, it is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Now poised to take American womanhood by storm, here is a book that Vanity Fair calls the U.K. version of Tina Feys Bossypants. You will laugh out loud, wince, and in my case feel proud to be the same gender as the author.

So I have no idea who Caitlin Moran is. I’d never heard of her before this book, and even after reading the book, I don’t know much about who she is now in the scheme of her fame. Because that’s not what this book is about. She’s British, she’s a comedian of some description, and she has a wickedly awesome take on the world. Moran basically tells stories about her life juxtaposed against revelations about being a woman that these events have revealed to her. And I like Moran’s opinions. She’s got some great ideas about the removal of body hair, about being a parent, not being a parent, abortion, marriage, discrimination, fashion, all sorts of things. She’s self-aware, and reflective and enlightened. She understands that we can’t all live the same lives, we can’t all guard ourselves by the same morals, but we should try to live lives honest to ourselves. She made me laugh a lot, but more importantly she made me think. An enjoyable reflection on life as a woman and many of the important milestones we face.

7 / 50 books. 14% done!

2477 / 15000 pages. 17% done!

Book 8: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Fourth: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket – 194 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I′m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven′t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket

Number four of these crazy books. This was the first one I’d read that wasn’t in a movie. Which made it kind of dull. The adults in the book a really dumb, and I understand that’s the point but there’s only so long you can read about dumb adults and smart kids and bad guys getting away before it gets repetitive. The best part by far is reading about Violet’s really clever inventions. And I particularly like the fact that the girl is the inventor and the boy is the reader (which was undoubtedly done on purpose). I’ll keep plodding through only because I really want to know how they beat Count Olaf (that name just doesn’t feel evil to me anymore – its always going to be a happy-go-lucky snowman name since ‘Frozen’).

8 / 50 books. 16% done!

2671 / 15000 pages. 18% done!

Currently reading:
-        The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – 509 pages
-        Man Drought and Other Social Issues of the New Century by Bernard Salt – 276 pages
-        I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes – 700 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
Tags: british, feminist, humor, kidlit, lemony snicket, memoir, women's studies

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