February 18th, 2007

Reading to Dragon

Book #55 for 2007: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

One of the classics that I somehow never read in high school, I finally decided to read this book now, mostly so I could read "The Eyre Affair," and understand any "in-jokes" that might be present.

I enjoyed the book, but didn't love it. Partly, this might be because I knew how it was going to end, since I'd watched the Orson Welles film a few months ago. But it was also in part due to the prose. The story was interesting, although at times I felt there was too much detail, too much density in the text. Just too many words. It took me a long time to read this book, longer than I expected, and at times I just wanted things to move a bit faster.

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Book #56 for 2007: Chick Ink, edited by Karen L. Hudson

Book #56 - "Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos - and the Women Who Wear Them"

This is a collection of 40 stories by women with tattoos; stories about why they made the decision to get tattooed, the meaning of their tattoos, and their experiences of being a tattooed woman. It's a wonderful collection, from a diverse group of women - some have only one tiny tattoo; others are extensively tattooed. They range in age from late teens to a woman who got her first tattoo on her 80th birthday. Reasons and experiences are diverse, as well. I'm feeling inspired to write an essay about my own tattoos and experiences. I think this book would be of interest to any woman who has tattoos, or is considering one, or just interested in the subject. On the whole, the message here is that all sorts of women get tattoos for all sorts of reasons, yet one thing that they all have in common is being changed by the experience. It also becomes obvious that tattoos change the way others see us, and it's up to us to fight for being seen in a positive light because of it, rather than the old-fashioned negative stereotypes which still exists at times.

My only complaint is that I'd have liked to have seen photos of some of the tattoos described. But the content itself was very interesting. 8/10