By Kristen Abell
Today’s blog prompt asks what book you’re reading right now – I obviously knew this was going to be an easy one to answer when I assigned it to myself – especially since I assigned it to myself the week before move-in. I’m always reading something, and if you follo me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll frequently see me give updates on whatever I’m reading from GetGlue.com, or you can friend me on GoodReads – hey, when a girl reads this much, she needs some way to track it, right?
So what am I reading right now? Well, actually, I’m reading a book that’s been on my list for awhile now – The Help. If you haven’t heard of it, I suspect you’ve been under a rock somewhere, as it’s been all the rage, especially now that the movie just started showing. I’m about halfway through, and I’m liking it so far. Recently I found myself saying to my partner, “You know, there are a LOT of books written about slavery and civil rights.” His response? “No, babe, YOU just read a lot of those books.” He’s right – I am drawn to these books – well, these and about every other kind of book ever written.
So, The Help, if you have been under a rock, is about the life of black maids in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. And one white woman who decides she’s going to write about their lives. At least, that’s what it’s about so far. It’s fairly well-written, and rich in detail. I won’t give my full stamp of approval yet, since I haven’t finished it, but I’m sure you can get a stamp of approval on it from at least a half-dozen other people you know.
I’m also reading Empowering Women in Higher Education and Student Affairs, which I’ve found to be a fantastic read so far, and likely my next favorite student affairs book (although I’m not sure I have another “favorite,” now that I think of it). There is some incredibly interesting and relevant research in this book, and I’d highly recommend you consider reading it if you’re currently working in student affairs or thinking about it. Not only is this a good background book for women going into or currently working in student affairs/higher education, but I think many men would benefit from reading this to gain a better understanding of what women experience. Again, still reading, so no full stamp of approval, but I’d definitely give my stamp on the chapters I’ve read (roughly the first half of the book).
And finally, because, you know, two books just isn’t enough, I’m also reading The Arabian Nights – which is really, really LONG. But a classic, and one I’m determined to finish…at some point. Luckily, it’s easy to break at various points, as it’s a collection of tales.
As for my favorite tech book, I’m not sure I can choose one. About every one I read I find somewhat fascinating. I particularly liked The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness for its discussion of the evolution of MP3 players, and specifically the iPod. Oh, and of course, the second coming of Apple Fandom. I also loved loved loved Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters. Even though I’d been blogging for a couple years by the time I picked up this book, it taught me so much about the evolution of blogging and also why it is such an important form of social media, writing, and technology. If you are at all interested in blogging, I can’t recommend this book enough.
So what are you reading? We’d love to hear what’s on your reading list – and feel free to friend me on GoodReads – I’m always looking for good new suggestions.