I’ve truly been enjoying the books that I’ve been reading lately. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m purposely setting aside time to read and relax, or if it’s actually because it happens that I enjoy these books more. Either way, it leads to a happy Historian with more read books! The only unfortunate thing is that I’m back to read more books at once than usual but I’m hoping to capitalise on the reading love. I’m reading physical books, e-books, and back to listening to audiobooks from the library! Here’s what I’ve been loving lately….
Notorious RBG, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
I’ve heard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I know that she is a US Supreme Court Justice, I know that she is up there in years, annnnd that’s it. That may be a surprise to some readers, but up in Canada we don’t really hear much about political figures other than the President, Vice-President, and nominees during elections! So, when I was flipping through audiobooks on the Hoopla app, I’m not sure why this one caught my eye but it did. It only took about twenty minutes of listening to hook me in! This is based on a Tumblr account that mashes up Ruth Bader Ginsburg with the Notorious RBG, and the introduction is pretty much the story of how the account and book itself came to be. Interesting but I didn’t care that much. However, it quickly dives into Ruth’s life, starting from early childhood. She is a fascinating woman, and hearing her life’s journey really set the stage for discussions of her supreme court decisions and opinions. (I knew very little about how the US Supreme Court operates, very cool to have more insight!) One of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth and twenty first centuries for me, and a very well done (shorter) biography- great for anyone new to Ruth! 6/5 stars. Yeah, you read that right!
After listening The Notorious RBG, I was on an audiobook high! For some reason this was suggested as similar reading so I was like, hey! Let’s give a shot. First mistake. This was an entirely ridiculous and vapid book that made me terrified that at some point my generation may in fact be in control of much of the world… I know that there is the argument that this is all just satire and is oh-so-hilarious but they took it way too far and put far too much thought into it for it to be plain old satire. Okay, so you’re continually sleeping your way through the strangers of whatever east coast city you happen to be in, you’ve not worked, you’ve lived off of someone else’s money, and you’ve essentially not given a thought to another human being… Congrats? No idea why people like these girls… Also, you will sound like an idiot trying to pronounces “betches”. Accept it. -5/5 stars.
Stately Pursuits, Katie Fforde
Over the last year and a half, Katie Fforde has become one of my favourite chick lit authors out there! She was this wonderful way of creating a story that brings you into a whole family (be it a family, a village, or an office family) while keeping romance in the background and not allowing it to dominate the plot. By sort-of accident, Hetty ends up in the country caring for the great house of her mother’s distant relative. His nephew reappears and would like to tear it down and sell it to developers. Backed by the whole of the town, Hetty sets out to restore the house and save it! As a Historian, I was maybe more interested in the house than I was supposed to be as a reader, but I loved it. The setting was fantastic, and I fell in love with every character! A great escape of a book. 5/5 stars.
Like every other Gilmore Girls fan, I’ve been waiting for this book for months! Clearly timed for the release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I am certain that Lauren and the publishers made off like bandits for this. She is a fairly private actress, so I was little surprised to hear that she would be doing a memoir but I was excited all the same! Overall, I wasn’t wow-ed by the content, it covers a lot of the same topics that similar books cover (dating in Hollywood, staying fit in Hollywood, getting work in Hollywood, yes, there is a theme…). However, I still thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and learning more about Gilmore Girls (in both iterations). The only downside is that it felt like it lacked meat. Yes, I understand it was pushed for a release in time with the revival but given another 4-6 months the essays could have much more fleshed out. 4/5 stars!
What genre of books always hooks you in?