April 14, 2013

Another Lazy Sunday Thoughts

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Hello! I hesitate to write this but…I think the reading drought is over. I finished 2 books this week! That’s a big deal because in all of 2013, I’ve read a total of 10 books. For me, that’s not a lot. I’m not sure what’s changed, maybe nothing. Maybe I was trying too hard to like the books I was reading before. I’m not sure. IMG_0742

It’s a good feeling to suddenly want to read again. So, what were the books I read this week? French Kissing by Catherine Sanderson (not so great) and Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (yep, Lorelai Gilmore, and it was great!). I picked up The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin on a whim from the library and The Brinkley Girls (illustrations) arrived via ILL.

I’m thinking I’d like to do a book purge too. I’ve looked at my shelves and thought, “I’m never going to read that.” So, it must go.


It was another week of Estellagraming for me. Here’s what I shot this week. 

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  1. Blogging
  2. Cult (Outlander)
  3. Paper (crochet pattern)
  4. Light (French Kissing)
  5. Heavy (The Bell Jar)
  6. ARC (The Flame Throwers)

What did you think of the Meg Wolitzer article found linked in the Flavorwire link from Friday? First, that headline, Men Won’t Read Books About Women, makes it sound like that’s all she was discussing when in fact it was a tiny part of that interview. Second, is this a fact? Is it a self-fulfilling prophecy? When you say something over and over, it simply becomes true. I know plenty of dudes who read books by women, granted those men are book bloggers, but they aren’t put off by female names on covers.

Wolitzer does make a point about very feminine covers. It’s not just men who are turned off by the abundance of pink and flowers on the covers of books. Maybe this is simply a marketing issue. Perhaps more gender neutral covers will entice men to read them.

Loved the comments from some of the dudes (and one lady) in that article. “I don’t want to read about feelings and girls write about feelings.” No, good lord, not emotions! To the fainting couch! Because, you know, great male writers like Hemingway and Fitzgerald never wrote about girly stuff like feelings. Nope, not at all.

8 comments :

  1. I've gotten off to a slow start for 2013 too. I just finished 18 yesterday...our spring cleaning is coming up here next week so I understand about the book purge. I need to do that too.

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  2. I have heard such lovely things about Someday, Someday Maybe! I might have to read it.

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  3. My husband doesn't read as much as I do... but he does read books about women. I do think a lot of books are more about girls/women as the main character but that doesn't mean the book isn't good. I am glad he gives them a shot!

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  4. I've been slow with the reading this year. I think I hit 18 or something for the year which is ridiculous for me but I have also been very choosy with what I read so that's part of it. I am off to go read for a book tour right after I catch-up with my blog reading.

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  5. I really need to purge my books too. I've gotten rid of a few but need to be more ruthless.

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  6. I'm glad to hear that your drought is over!

    You bring up a good point about book covers turning dudes off. No matter how far we've come it would be a rare man that would be comfortable reading a flowery covered novel.

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  7. I think it is a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I also it's also about power. If men read books about women (or write books about women) they're kind of slumming it. The other guys make fun of them or they're afraid the other guys will make fun of them. I mean, women get tons of slack for reading romances and "girly" books, so just imagine the kinds of comments a man might get.

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  8. Glad to hear your drought is over! And I had no idea Lauren Graham wrote a book - must go check that out.

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