My Day, Monday: Eighty Days

My Day, Monday is my chance to let you know what I’m reading, writing, thinking about or…pretty much whatever is in my brain.


I’m just getting started on “Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World” by Matthew Goodman.

This adult, non-fiction offering looking back at a breathtaking around the world contest between late 19th century journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland.

Bly first accepted the challenge of traveling around the world in the hopes of beating Phileas Fogg’s fictional eighty day journey around the world. Upon hearing of her efforts, a competing newspaper decides to send their top female journalist to race her, giving her only eight hours from hearing about the idea to embarking on the trip.

So far I’ve begun to learn a bit about the two women and their radically different childhoods. Goodman has explored some of their challenges in entering the field of journalism as women in this era (which reminded me a bit of “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant which I just finished.) Both have now set out on their trips, and I left Bly experiencing her first bout of seasickness as her boat hit the sea.

I’m anxious to see if this lives up to my initial optimism. Have any of you read this one yet?

Published by Katrina Ávila Munichiello

KAM is a freelance writer, editor, and lifelong lover of books. She was the kind of kid who woke up before sunrise to read before school and her passion for books has never waned. After nearly a decade of work in public health and the non-profit sector, she became a stay-at home mom. The twelve years since have allowed her discover a new life’s ambition — writing. She published her first book “A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time,” a collection of essays written by tea lovers around the world, in 2011, and has had articles and essays featured in outlets including Yankee Magazine and Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. She served as Senior Editor of Tea Magazine. She currently writes picture books and middle grade books and is loving every minute of making them better. She is a member of NESCBWI, Vice President of Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library and advisor of an elementary school Newspaper Club.

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