Shrill (Lindy West)

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)”

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Waiting to Exhale (Terry McMillan)

This is what I’d consider a good “beach read.” I tried not to analyze it too much because I was so drained from my last book – which was interesting but, let’s be honest, a bit pretentious. This one was an easy, fun read about female friendships, love, sex, and how to navigate (in both healthy and not-so-healthy ways) the frustrations of romance and men. Keep in mind that it was published in 1992 so there are some truly funny dated pop culture and technology references.

Title – Waiting to Exhale

Author – Terry McMillan

Page count – 409

Rating – Borrow

This book weaves together the stories of four black women in their mid-thirties living in Phoenix: Continue reading “Waiting to Exhale (Terry McMillan)”

I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson)

This is a bit different than my other reviews because I actually listened to this book on CD instead of reading a hard copy. I’m not usually a fan of listening to books on CD; most people I know listen to them in their car, but I get distracted too easily, miss sentences, and feel like I lose too much of the story. I’ve been having trouble getting my hands on a physical copy of this book so I decided to give the CD form a go and…holy cow. This kept my rapt attention; there were even times I sat in my car for upwards of an hour after I got home because I could not. stop. listening. I would have to read it again to know for sure, but I think this is one of my favorite books I’ve read ever.

Title – I’ll Give You The Sun

Author – Jandy Nelson

Page count – 371 (13 hours, 3 min)

Goodreads rating – 5/5 (it was amazing!)

**NO spoilers – this beautiful story needs to unfold all on its own** Continue reading “I’ll Give You The Sun (Jandy Nelson)”

Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)

This was a fun read. I’ve heard it described as Lord of the Flies but with teenage beauty queens. But instead of tearing each other to pieces, they work together to overcome the obstacles set before them. Girl power at its finest!

Title – Beauty Queens

Author – Libba Bray

Page count – 390

Goodreads rating – 3/5 (liked it)

**I will NOT give away any major spoilers. Some things may not make sense if you haven’t read it, but I won’t reveal anything important.**

This story begins with a plane crash on what appears to be a deserted island. The plane was full of teenage beauty queens headed Continue reading “Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)”

milk and honey (rupi kaur)

I’ve never read a whole volume of poetry straight through before. I tend to skip around in them as the whim comes to me. I did alternate back and forth with a more traditional volume of fiction I’m also reading right now, but perhaps reading an entire book of poetry from start to finish is something I should do more often because this one was quite good.

Title – milk and honey

Author – rupi kaur

Page count – 204

Goodreads rating – 4/5 (really liked it)

The book is divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Obviously these are simplifications but: the hurting is about abuse; the loving is about sensuality and relationship; the breaking is about loss; the healing is about putting yourself back together. Femininity is strung throughout all of this. Continue reading “milk and honey (rupi kaur)”

All the Single Ladies (Rebecca Traister)

Single women should read this book to know they are not alone or defective. Single men should read this book to understand why their potential marriage partners are no longer willing to settle. Married people should read this book to understand why their experience is not the only real and valid one.

Title – All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Author – Rebecca Traister

Page count – 309

Goodreads Rating – 5/5 (it was amazing!)

This book covers so many topics related to the marriage and (romantic) relationship patterns of women, especially focusing on how women and their singleness have shaped America: our political contributions, geographic living choices, non-romantic relationships, non-married sexuality, and parenthood. This is a chronicle of how the political, economic, and social status of women (single, partnered, married, divorced, etc.) has changed as women have no longer needed to be married to be financially secure. Traister strikes a balance between Continue reading “All the Single Ladies (Rebecca Traister)”

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)”