I’ve started reading two books this week:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I started rereading the Harry Potter series just because I thought it was time. (After all, if you enjoy a series, why stop?) The edition of the third novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, that I’m reading right now is the UK edition. I hadn’t heard of this series until the first movie came out; probably about the same time that Goblet of Fire was all over my local Barnes & Noble. I borrowed the first book from a friend at church and devoured it in one day! I had to get to the library to borrow the other three.
As each novel and/or movie was released, my mom and I made a tradition of rereading all of the books in the series up to that point… and then rereading in between just because I loved it so much. So I’ve read the early novels at least five times, for sure.
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
Now, when you hear about the space race and rocket programs, who do you most hear about? The men, right? Did you know that women were just as much involved in getting rockets into space as the men? That’s what Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars is about. Back in these early days – the early- to mid-twentieth century – there were only three jobs available to women: secretary, teacher, or nurse. But, by golly, there were women even in those days that just loved math. Enter the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the women could work as computers – an ancient term that once referred to a person who performed calculations – and fill notebooks with very intricate computations and trajectories of the rockets they tested.
I can’t wait to see where this book goes. I’ve learned the stories of just a handful of the women so far, being only in Chapter 3, and I have just another week to read it before I have to return it to the library – unless I’m able to renew it – since it’s such a new book.