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.
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.
- Cult (Outlander)
- Paper (crochet pattern)
- Light (French Kissing)
- Heavy (The Bell Jar)
- 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.