My reading has slowed down over the past week. I’ve only finished 4 books since my March 29th post about Girl Online. (Laugh if you will, that is slow for me!) As none of those 4 books were particularly interesting, I decided today it would be more fun to write about what I’m currently reading. I’m about 3/4ths through 3 different books.
I have been “flipping” between two hardcover books and one audio book. The hardcovers are The Lady Investigates: Women Detectives & Spies in Fiction by Patricia Craig and Mary Cadogan, and Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. The audio book is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
The Lady Investigates has been an interesting, but pretentiously written, read. The Golden Age of Murder, by Martin Edwards, does a much better job of referencing books without condemning them. However, it has provided some fascinating tidbits. Did you know early lady-detectives were almost always blond (including Nancy Drew)? It didn’t take long, however, for redheads to make an appearance in the genre and completely take over. For a long time, almost every female detective had at least something of a reddish hue. Also, girl detectives emerged in girl magazines in England and America at roughly the same time. But where in England girl detectives usually had a trusty dog as a sidekick, American girl detectives were much more likely to have boyfriends!
Wired to Create started off “stupendously” interesting, and has descended to “mildly” interesting. There are lots of good quotes and tidbits about the creative process, but the authors write as if each of their points were brand new thoughts. Yet I don’t think anything they’ve said is particularly groundbreaking or shocking. It makes sense that passion about your work, occasional solitude, and an openness to new experiences help creativity. I’m reserving final judgement, however, till I’ve reached the end.
As for David Copperfield, I’m loving and hating it at the same time. I’ll probably post my review on here once I finally finished. The book is on 32 hours worth of CDs. I don’t think I would have gotten through the first chapter if I were reading this in print. With nothing better to listen to in the car, I’ve made it through quite a bit, actually. I like David. I hate Dora. I think ‘this book is so intriguing and subtle, totally going to be 5 stars‘ and then Dora opens her mouth, or even enters the room, and I immediately think, ‘Never mind. One star. One star for Dora.‘ I think she is dying, though, so we shall see how this goes.
I think that is everything I am currently reading. I’ve been meaning to read Dracula for quite some time and I’ve acquired quite a few books about the Founding Fathers recently that look interesting. However, I own all those, and books I own tend to get pushed aside for library reads. Maybe my hold will come in and I will have an excuse to go to the library and find more books!