August 19th, 2016

kitty, reading

Books #51-52

Book #51 was "Bossypants" by Tina Fey, as an audiobook read by the author. I mainly listened to this because I thought Tina Fey was funny as the Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night live, and she didn't disappoint. Some actors and comedians are funny on film but can't write funny, but luckily that's not the case here. It helps that Tina reads her own book, and it's very funny. She talks about growing up as a theater kid, getting into standup, getting onto SNL and pitching "30 Rock." The title comes from people asking her how she feels about being the boss, something they rarely ask powerful men in Hollywood. I really liked it and recommend it.

Book #52 was "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker. The book, set in 1899, starts with a man asking a wizard to build him a golem (magical servants made of clay) to be his wife. He dies on the passage to America, leaving his golem adrift in New York City. There, she meets another magical creature from a different direction, a Jinni who has been trapped in mortal form. Though an unlikely pair, they form a friendship and end up having to fight a common enemy. The book is ostensibly about magical creatures in America, but it's really more about what it means to be human. The writing is very simple and not flashy, but I really came to care about the characters and loved this book, a first novel for Wecker. Recommended highly.

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Book #36: Jungle Pilot by Russell T. Hitt with Stephen F. Saint

Number of pages: 320

This is the biography of Nate Saint, a Missionary who travelled around by plane, who was murdered in 1956 by a native tribe who he wanted to convert to Christianity.

I found the book to be very detailed and comprehensive, with accounts of Saint's early life, which give clues as to what his influences were, and which also includes extracts from letters and reports that he wrote.

What I mainly took away from this book was how the church reacted to his death; instead of being discouraged, it spurred them on to increase their ministry, which just demonstrates how nothing on earth can stop something happening if it is God's plan.

I hadn't heard of Nate Saint when I read this, but I found this to be be a very enjoyable read, and a great tale of peserverance and boldness in the face of adversary.

Next book: Peter Duck (Arthur Ransome)