Good Christian Sex (#35/50)

Happy Sunday, y’all!

This title is definitely meant to be another eye-catcher. I’m not sure which of The Church’s current ways of talking about sexuality is worse – purity culture and Abstinence Only (the idea that sex is only acceptable as a means of procreation within a heterosexual marriage context); or simply not talking about sex and sexuality at all (if we don’t talk about it, it’s not happening, right?). So let me tell you, it was refreshing to 1) simply have the complexity and ethics of sex acknowledged, and 2) have that discussion center not on shame, judgment, and fear, but on grace, justice, and love.

Title – Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option – And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex

Author – Bromleigh McCleneghan

Page count – 223

McCleneghan addresses a variety of topics Continue reading “Good Christian Sex (#35/50)”

Water for Elephants (#34/50)

This was one of those books I felt a little weird reading in public because of how much I kept reacting to the story. I regularly laughed out loud, gasped in surprise, and covered my mouth in horror. The writing was vivid and completely drew me in. It was a light, entertaining read, and I would highly recommend it.

Title – Water for Elephants

Author – Sara Gruen

Page count – 331

Our narrator’s name is Jacob. The story goes back and forth between Continue reading “Water for Elephants (#34/50)”

The Handmaid’s Tale (#33/50)

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

Title – The Handmaid’s Tale

Author – Margaret Atwood

Page count – 311

In short, this book is about a society where women’s lives and bodies are controlled and valued for the sole purpose of procreation. Here is the description from the back of the book (for reference, it was published in 1985):

“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food market whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable…” Continue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale (#33/50)”

Because of Sex (#32/50)

The title of this book is definitely meant to be an eye-catcher. The phrase actually comes from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination because of various factors like race, national origin, religion, and sex (Hence the title: “because of…sex.”). Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never studied law and think all this will go right over your head. This book paints each woman’s story with a relatable brush and explains the legal issues in an accurate but understandable way.

Title – Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work

Author – Gillian Thomas

Page count – 246

Each chapter in this book focuses on a different legal case, covering the situation from which the lawsuit arose through its appellate court journey until Continue reading “Because of Sex (#32/50)”

The Book of Phoenix (#31/50)

So I’ve said before that there’s not any book genre I actively dislike, but I’ve never been especially interested in sci-fi/fantasy. I’m still not convinced it’s my cup of tea, but this book was an interesting take on the ubiquitous dystopian novel and provided a nice change of pace from my usual selections.

Title – The Book of Phoenix

Author – Nnedi Okorafor

Page count – 232

This book is difficult to summarize because it’s so “out there.” Our main character is Phoenix, a woman with supernatural powers (no spoilers). She begins life Continue reading “The Book of Phoenix (#31/50)”

Statistics update #3

We’re entering the final quarter of my Fifty Book Challenge which means it’s time to look at how I’m doing on my numbers! As a reminder, my rules for the challenge were to have 1) no more than half the books be re-reads, 2) at least half be by women, and 3) at least one quarter be by people of color.

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), A Northern Light (Jennifer Donnelly), The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander), A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer (multiple), The Color Purple (Alice Walker), The Boston Girl (Anita Diamant), Sag Harbor (Colson Whitehead), Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn), When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs (Charles Kimball), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Rachel Held Evans), The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)

Third Quarter:

Re-reads 3/11

Women 8/11

POC 5/11

Year-to-date:

Re-reads 11/30

Women 23/30

POC 9/30

I just finished another book so look for that review tomorrow!