Caitlin. 21. Illinois.
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I think it might be the most harrowing book I’ve ever read. I’ve never really read anything that affected me so personally before. After I finished reading it I had to call Alex just to hear his voice, because I felt so upset and unsettled.
That being said, the book was brilliant. The subject is heavy, but I don’t think a book has ever made me think so much or question my values so often.
If you’re not already aware, Five Days at Memorial is a nonfiction book by journalist Sheri Fink, and it chronicles the events at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans before, during, and long after Hurricane Katrina hit. Fink explores humanity’s morals, ethics, and values, and how those ideals that seem so solid can break down so horribly in the face of a crisis.
This book is not an uplifting book. There are few heroes, and even fewer clear-cut villains. Everything is a grey area, and no decisions are easy.
I’ve never read anything like this book, and I highly, highly recommend it.
But whatever. I wanted to buy Republic of Thieves because Scott Lynch is great and is the only one who can fill the gaping hole in my heart that was left behind once I finished the most recent ASOIAF book.
And then I found Five Days at Memorial, which I’ve wanted for LITERALLY forever.
And while I was looking for Republic of Thieves I found a book called The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke, and it sounded interesting and I’m always down with finding new Fantasy novels, specifically ones written by ladies. We need more ladies in the Fantasy business. And just in the Book Writing business in general.
HURRAY FOR MORE BOOKS!
EVEN THOUGH I HAVEN’T EVEN READ ALL THE BOOKS ON MY SHELVES RIGHT NOW!
AND I ALSO JUST STARTED REREADING GAME OF THRONES BUT WOOPS LOOKS LIKE THAT’S TAKING A BREAK.
I have a problem.
So far, it feels a lot like Isaac’s storm, in that there are a lot of moments where it feels like you’re watching someone fuck everything up in real time and you can’t do anything to stop it. Like when the one hospital in Atlanta was like “yo, we can help a sister out, we’ve got helicopters and shit,” except they said that to the Tenet guy in Texas (instead of saying something to the staff at Memorial), and the guy in Texas was like “naww man, the government is taking care of it.”
Basically every time anyone is like “Oh, the government is going to handle it!” or anything about the Super Dome I physically cringe.
For those of you that don’t know, Five Days at Memorial is a book (by Sheri Fink, who won a Pulitzer for Investigative Reporting in 2010) about a hospital in New Orleans both during and after Hurricane Katrina. In the flooding after the storm, the hospital’s backup generators, located in the basement of the hospital, were inundated with water, causing the backup power to fail.
If you are looking for a light, happy read…this book is not for you.
But so far the writing is fantastic (and I would expect nothing less from a Pulitzer winner), and it’s a fascinating look at a side of Katrina that I’d never even heard of.
And it was on The Daily Show and Jon Stewart said it was great, so if his opinion holds more weight than mine, there you go.
Now, back to reading.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Omg it’s been so long since a new fantasy book came out in one of my series. The last one was The Wise Man’s Fear, and that was FOREVER ago.
Aaahhhhh I’m going to die.
Just going to go cry now because there are two more books so my beautiful OTP can’t just spend the rest of forever making out because they have important things to do like fix all the shit.
In other news the Steel Inquisitors are fucking nightmares.
In other OTHER news, Kelsier is perfect and I want him in and around my lady-bits.
Why are fictional characters such babes. Ugh.
Pretty happy with the portrayal of ladies in the first book. I mean, someone still gets damseled, which is pretty lame, but there’s a main lady character which is pretty neat.
Time to start The Well of Ascension and probably weep.
Name 10 male authors off the top of your head. Avoid looking at your bookshelf. No google allowed. You don’t have to have read them, just as long as they’ve written something. See how long it takes you.
Now do the same thing, but name 10 female authors.
Which one is harder?
(if you say male authors you’re probably lying)
The best way to change this is not only for ladies to become authors ourselves, but for the consumer to show that ladies who write books are not only desired but demanded, and important of all, profitable.
I’m going to start a list of female authors. Reblog this post and add one or two lady authors of your own. If you want, add what book or story you liked by that author.
The challenge is that I want all of us to start reading more of these fabulous ladies, because there’s no reason that their voices should be silent.
Awesome Literature Ladies:
- Jane Austen
- Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway)
- JK Rowling
- Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina, a short story called River of Names)
- Jane Hamilton (Map of the World)
- Lois Lowry (The Giver)
- Nami Mun (Miles from Nowhere)
- Patricia Ann McNair (The Temple of Air)
- Flannery O’Connor (A Good Man is Hard to Find, a short story)
- Louise Erdrich (Tracks, the short story The Red Convertible)
Let’s make this list as long as possible! Add little known authors, poets, non-fiction authors, essayists, YA writers, comedians, you name it. I want this list long, and as it gets longer, I want all of us to try reading every single author on it. You don’t have to like these authors or love their work, but the fact that they’re less likely to be read because they’re women is pretty disgusting. So let’s change that!
William Upski Wimsatt (via artistsuffer)
I love this quote, but at the same time, reading literature can teach you a lot of these things. Maybe schools teach it wrong, but Friendship, loving children, talking someone out of suicide, and figuring out what is important to you…all of those things can be found in books. Heck, some sex ed stuff can be found in books. Spotting a scam can be found in books. You read To Kill A Mocking Bird, you’ll know about friendship, love, rape, racism, justice, and lord knows how many other things. You read The Virgin Suicides, you read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, You read Harry Potter and The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Grapes of Wrath…you’ll learn things. You’ll learn about the world, you’ll learn about human nature, and most importantly you’ll learn about yourself.
So yeah. Maybe knowing algebra doesn’t matter so much. But literature changes lives. Literature matters.