Redhead Reading

I'm a librarian-in-training who loves history and literature.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens Dickens has an amazing talent for description--loved all his discussion of the Christmas food.

Really glad I finally read the book after watching so many adaptations. It's so short I could definitely see myself rereading it every year.

Tales of the City

Tales of the City  - Armistead Maupin A really fast-paced read that started as a newspaper serial that details the lives of the occupants of 28 Barbary Lane in 1970s San Francisco. I kept comparing it to the 44 Scotland Street series, though this is darker. There were a lot of references I did not get--I looked some of them up, but most I just guessed based on the context.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novella

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novella - Rachel Joyce Very disappointed in this book--I LOVED Unlikely Pilgrimage, but this one fell majorly flat for me.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik A fun biography of RBG, full of lots of pictures and analyzed portions of her briefs. Really recommend for anyone looking to learn more about RBG.
Had never read any Stephanie Plum before, but a coworker gave me this book. It was a quick read. It's the 12th in the series, but you really don't need to have read the other 11 to understand the dynamics. Would definitely read more of this series.

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown An extremely readable nonfiction book. Also, full of vivid imagery that I could definitely see making an excellent sports movie one day.

The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian

The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian - David O. Dyer Sr. I really enjoyed this book--it started out slow for me, but then I read the last 150 pages in one day! It makes a reader feel so much ANGER at Captain Lord and Second Officer Stone. It also made me go on a Wikipedia binge for an hour after I finished it. Just very compelling story and writing!


Heartburn - Nora Ephron It felt very dated and I couldn't relate to Rachel at all.

Lumberjanes Vol. 2

Lumberjanes Vol. 2 -  Noelle Stevenson Read on August 28, 2016--will count on my challenge if needed at the end of the year.

Still have errors in the written parts that distract from the story.

Lumberjanes, Volume 1

Lumberjanes, Volume 1 - Grace Ellis,  Noelle Stevenson, Brooke Allen I read this on August 17. Won't count it for my Reading Challenge until later if I need it to make my goal.

I had trouble keeping all the girls' names straight at first, but eventually I got it.

It really bugged me that there were editing problems galore in the opening paragraphs of each part--I couldn't tell f it was intentional to make it seem like a young girl had written it or not. Either way, I found it distracting.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt I’m tired of huge books about privileged white males who cause most of their own problems. I’m glad I listened to this on audio while working instead of slogging through 700+ pages on my own time.

Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle - Andrew  Smith I would have never read this ordinarily, but I ran out of audiobooks and joined the SYNC free audiobook program and this was the first one they sent me.

Pretty crazy book!! The frequent repetition of facts bugged me. There were several laugh-out-loud moments in the book.

Explore the Bible (ETB) - Matthew: Sermon on the Mount [Vol 7] (Member Book)

Explore the Bible (ETB) - Matthew: Sermon on the Mount [Vol 7] (Member Book) - Greg Matte Read this July 9-September 8, 2016, but I actually put it down for about month in there.

I'll count this in my GR challenge if I need to at the end of the year.

This is an OK study, but it wasn't that great for me.

Crocodile on the Sandbank

Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters An absolutely charming book! I'm so glad I listened to this. Amelia is no-nonsense and I love it! She and Emerson definitely get OTP status.

A great cast of characters and a wonderful setting.

Emily: The Diary of a Hard-Worked Woman

Emily: The Diary of a Hard-Worked Woman - Emily French, Janet Lecompte From a historian perspective, this book is amazing because diaries about the everyday life of an average person are hard to find. From a reader perspective, this book dragged considerably and it took me a solid 3 weeks to finish its 166 pages. It's not exciting in any way--it details Emily's moves around Colorado to new jobs, her time at those jobs (mostly housekeeping positions), and her issues with her children and ex-husband. She's also extremely religious, starting each entry with a Bible verse.

Can't say I recommend it, unless you have a strong interest in diaries and/or women in the West.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn It was weird and I didn't really like any of the characters. I felt sorry at the ending--wasn't worth 500 pages really.

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Systems Analysis for Librarians and Information Professionals, 2nd Edition (Library and Information Science Text)
Margaret Nakamura, Larry Osborne