When books and magazine articles about the Titanic started showing up a couple of months ago in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the sinking (which was April 15th, if you didn't already know), I have to admit, I got sucked under. I've been intrigued by the Titanic most of my life, and was only more so after I saw the movie in the theaters in 1997.
So far this spring, I've gotten two magazines on my Nook for the magazine articles, have read the National Geographic "short" in-store on the Nook, and have bought or downloaded quite a few ebooks on the subject, including re-releases of survivor memoirs and period books, short ebooks released especially for the anniversary, and full-length nonfiction books. (We also saw the movie in 3D in the theaters -- the first time we've seen a 3D movie, and I have to say, it was pretty breathtaking to see the footage of the wreck in 3D!)
Rather than doing separate reviews on everything, since I have a lot of reviews to catch up on as it is, I figured I would do one long post with short blurbs on everything I've read so far.
Reading Lord's account of the Titanic's sinking is especially interesting if you know the 1997 movie well. Many of the events during the sinking as it's depicted in the movie come straight out of Lord's book -- although poetic license is sometimes taken to incorporate the characters of Rose and Jack into what actually happened. (For instance, when they encounter Thomas Andrews the final time, and Rose asks him, "Won't you at least make a try for it?" -- that was actually asked of him by a crew member the last time he was ever seen.)
The ebook also describes what happens in the lifeboat after the ship sinks, how some want to go back for survivors and the rest overrule them. Although this little book focuses on the one boat, instead of the stories of the entire ship as Walter Lord's book does, it's still well researched and well written.
I also read the April issue of National Geographic, which had a couple of articles on the Titanic. It had some fantastic pictures, plus some really good (and new!) information about the crash site and how the ship sank. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy if you are interested in the subject.
That brings us up-to-date on my current reading about the Titanic, though I do have several other books on my reading list that hopefully I will get to soon!