Currently Reading: The Girls Who Went Away

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades before Roe v Wade by Ann Fessler

This is one of the books that should be made compulsory reading for anyone who’s able to procreate.

I am at chapter 4, and naively hoping to come across interview subjects from the opposite gender. I know it’s likely impossible, but it would be nice to hear from them. How they felt after their girlfriend were disappeared, what they took and carried with them to the Marine Corps – and some, the Vietnam War – after their families told them they are never to marry the girl they impregnated and love, how they felt all these decades knowing they have a daughter or a son out there.

But I know it’s not gonna happen. I’ll make do with the women’s testimonials. It’s tragic enough.

Still Reading: Hiroshima

Hiroshima by John Hersey

My post on Litsy this morning:

I know I take too long to finish a real book. But who’s keeping score but yourself? Just keep reading.

In other books, I’m 80% through with Mercury. I accidentally stumbled on a one star review, which had fellow one star reviews posting as ‘replies‘, on Goodreads. The women all agreed it was trash.

Well, the author has more than 20+ years as a journalist for a national newspaper. And actually spent real time with Freddie Mercury. If the book is trash – then the person who’s reading it must be trash if not trashier. Because all they see is trash.

p.s. See image below. Ladies, if you think you can write a better book, by all means, go ahead. Just make sure you never publish it. Because it 👏 is 👏 gon 👏 na 👏 suck.

(from my Fire 7)

p.s. Yeah. I’m Gina. Today.

Currently Reading: Hiroshima

I came across this book while reading In Extremis, a book about the life and death of Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum.

I’m reading three other books concurrently, among them:

  • Sandstorm by Lindsey Hilsum
  • (Forgot the title, but it’s about Anne Perry and the murder in 1954)
  • Operation Playboy by Kathryn Bonella

I’m actually used to juggling few books at a time. Some wonder how I do it. Because it’s literally more than two.

I have three reading devices (Kindle basic, Paperwhite, Fire). Then there’s the hard copies of few of the books I’m reading.

So there’s four reads now.

One I read at night (underneath my pillow).

One I read while at the dining table (on the dining table, always).

Two I read when I’m outside in between breaks and other errands (one’s a book while the other is in one of my devices – both are always in my go-bag).

It’s not hard for me to get back into the book provided that it’s sort of under the same surroundings or setting.

At least it works for me.

I don’t have to go back a few pages in order to recall where I was (was I). Just turn the page, look at the previous page or paragraph, and I’m there.

The key, I believe, is to read every, single, day, and night. This helps me to stay ‘on track’ with all these reads.

I don’t know why I had developed this habit, or under what circumstances had this habit came to me. Probably because I have so many books which I want need to read, and also because my daily, mundane, noisy routine has compelled me to read even more so as to make up for all those noise.

How do you read? Whatever it is, be grateful that you can read, able to read. Because it’s beyond a privilege. It’s a blessing.


So far (2019), I’ve managed to finish four books:

  1. I, Who Did Not Die
  2. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  3. The Return by Hisham Matar
  4. Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly

Happy reading, everyone!

Read: Children of Nazis | Our Crime Was Being Jewish

Two books in one post.

Our Crime Was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories by Anthony S. Pitch

No words.

Children of Nazis: The Sons and Daughters of Himmler, Göring, Höss, Mengele, and Others— Living with a Father’s Monstrous Legacy, by Tania Crasnianski

Important book, though it would be necessary to have each as a standalone book. There are quite a few, but if you can’t get through all of them, this would do.

Some are still in denial (still Nazis), some have disowned their forefathers, some have vanished (not killed, but chose to live in obscurity), some have changed their names. It’s less than a hundred years, although it feels like it happened 100 centuries ago. Perhaps everyone is busy with life, trying to forget, trying to pretend it never happened. Well, too bad, you deniers. It happened. And it’s less than 80 or so years ago.