I’ll be honest…I’m not super excited about this book I just finished. But I don’t want this whole post to be bland so I’m going to start you off with a suggestion to go check out a podcast I’ve been loving. As you know from my bio line under the title of this blog (or if you’ve read my older reviews), I am a big Harry Potter fan. Not a super fan, per se, but I’ve read the books countless times and hold movie marathons of the series almost as much as ABC Family. If you, too, like Harry Potter and would enjoy hearing two Canadian academics talk about the books/movies/associated events, then go check out Witch, Please. Politics, intersectional feminism, and whimsical sound effects abound!
Anyway…here’s my actual review of this in-no-way-related-to-Harry-Potter book 🙂
Title/Year – Small Victories: Spotting improbable moments of grace (2014)
Author – Anne Lamott
Page count – 286
Rating – Buy/Borrow/Bypass + Goodreads 3/5 (Liked It) Continue reading “Small Victories (Anne Lamott)”
No, I didn’t finish this book in just one day! I was reading this alongside my last two books and happened to finish it at about the same time as Shrill. So you get two reviews in two days…Lucky you 🙂
Title – Nobody Knows My Name
Author – James Baldwin
Page count – 190
Rating* – Borrow
(*Rating system taken from Book Riot’s “Buy/Borrow/Bypass” tag)
This book is actually a collection of essays. Baldwin did write several novels, but he is perhaps even more well-known as an essayist. I picked up a few of his books after watching the Raoul Peck documentary I Am Not Your Negro (based on one of Baldwin’s unfinished manuscripts) and watching a few videos of speeches he gave (like this one – CW: the n-word). There’s something about his cadence when he speaks that keeps me enraptured. Continue reading “Nobody Knows My Name (James Baldwin)”
Please read this book. Especially if you’ve ever been someone who thinks that women are just “too sensitive” about online harassment, or if you think that fat people are “gross” or make comments about fat people’s bodies out of “concern for their health.” I think people believe those things because they’ve never really taken the time to truly listen to the voices of people actually living out those realities. Lindy West speaks about her experiences with humor and unapologetic grit – but also with far more grace and understanding than any of her tormentors deserve.
Title – Shrill: Notes from a loud woman
Author – Lindy West
Page count – 258
Rating – Borrow (Not one that I necessarily need to read again but would definitely recommend) Continue reading “Shrill (Lindy West)”
Honestly, this book was a little underwhelming. The individual essays stood on their own pretty well, but putting them together in a collection just didn’t seem to “fit.” I wouldn’t *not* recommend this book, but I wouldn’t put it too high on the priorities list either.
Title – Men Explain Things to Me
Author – Rebecca Solnit
Page count – 154
The title of the book is also the title of the first essay. It’s about the phenomenon of “mansplaining.” The other essays Continue reading “Men Explain Things to Me (#37/50)”