Reading Challenges Complete!

I know, it took me long enough this year. Well, I didn't quite finish the Nobel Women that I'm planning to get through, but they're sprinkled in and I'm working on it. I did, however, finish both the 2017 Read Harder Challenge and the Litsy A to Z Challenge. While I'd love to do both... Continue Reading →

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Review:  I am totally amazed by this book. At time it reads like a memoir because Lloyd recounts her own experience of commercial sexual exploitation, but it is very much an argument to be made against both the sex industry and the way we handle those in it. It brings about many important questions about... Continue Reading →

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

Review: I'll go ahead and admit up front that I am not all that familiar with Malcolm X. I know who he is and that he was a Civil Rights activist and he was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 1992 movie named after him but that's about it. I didn't even know that his... Continue Reading →

Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman

Review: First of all, let me just point out that where the title says "Today's Feminism" they are not actually talking about today. They are talking about 2002, when it was originally published. I had originally thought it was a recent book, mostly because I wasn't paying adequate attention to it and had fallen absolutely... Continue Reading →

The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark

Review: The Longevity Book is a great follow up to Diaz's The Body Book. It picks up with the question of just what happens over time. The book even starts with a plea to be proud of our ages. We are taking better care of ourselves,  benefitting from medical and technological advances, and living longer than ever. We... Continue Reading →

Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

Review: I would love to see Prayers for the Stolen  turned into a movie. It's not typically Hollywood, but I'd love to see the landscapes and contrasts on the big screen and I love the story, especially the end. The story revolves around several issues in Mexico that are usually backdrops to the problem of the... Continue Reading →

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Review:  Furiously Happy might be the most entertaining book I have ever read. Lawson is ridiculously hilarious. Her rambling style of writing sounds a lot like my internal monologue on some days. Well, a less creative version with a smaller rolodex of messed up things that could happen. Its more the distances her train of... Continue Reading →

Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant Primer by Riki Wilchins

Review: For much of Queer Theory, Gender Theory, I was in love with the content of this book, but I may have gotten an ARC or something by accident because the writing was a bit of a mess. When it comes to books about issues and activism, I have hard time judging them on grammar, so... Continue Reading →

TTT: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is books on my Fall TBR. As we're coming to the end of the year, my main goal is just to finish the books on my reading challenges. I have 5 left for Read Harder and 10 for Litsy A to Z. I'm a little anxious about getting it done... Continue Reading →

Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Translation is never easy but I have a feeling that translating poetry is even more difficult than normal. There is the cadence of the poem and all the hidden meanings behind word usage to consider. I don't envy a translator in general, but it must take a special kind of professional to throw themselves into... Continue Reading →

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