An Open Book: What I Read in May

It’s that time again. That time when I have seven books more than halfway started but haven’t successfully any of them.

I’ve been in a pickle. First, I’ve been waffling between fun books and academic reading, now that I’m in the throes of a 500-hour yoga teacher training (yes, that’s a thing). I’ve also been struggling to get through library books in the amount of time they are loaned to me. Some books are just really long, and I’m not a fast enough reader to get through them in two weeks. I spend more time on the “hold” list than with the book in my hand.

On another note, can we talk about guilty pleasures when it comes to books? I’m a John Grisham and Dan Brown fan even though I know many people aren’t. What authors do you turn to for mindless reading?

Book covers

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (3/5 stars)

Three-line review: Brown’s books are like candy to me, but this is definitely not his best piece of work. Packed with flashbacks, the book reads like a traffic jam that moves forward at a decent pace then screeches to a halt in order to fill in background information. And while the story is good in theory, it’s quite esoteric and even Brown’s signature character, Robert Langdon, doesn’t seem to buy in to the final conclusion.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (4/5 stars)

Three-line review: This is a short, poignant piece briefly discussing the importance of addressing the gender gap in today’s society. Adichie provides personal anecdotes from her own life – many of which I imagine most women can relate to – and offers up a strong argument about why we need to talk about these issues instead of continue to deny they exist. While I think much of what she has to say is incredibly relevant, this piece lacks evidence that this is a mainstream problem; without it, those who are most likely to deny this is an issue can easily say this is just one woman’s experience.

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