Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Review:  I read Furiously Happy a while back and LOVED it, so I had to go out and get this one (well, from the library) as soon as I was caught up on my reading challenges. I’d had no idea this one came first and I’m looking forward to checking out her third book this year too. As before, Lawson’s writing style is rambling and fun … Continue reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

Review: I picked up Unbowed for my Nobel Women challenge. It turns out that, like all of the women who have won the Nobel Prize in Peace, Maathai’s story is beyond incredible. Don’t get me wrong, all people given such honors are likely to have been through hardship, but it gets me each time in a new way. I love Maathai’s idea to build the Greenbelt Movement. … Continue reading Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

I originally posted this for WIT Month a few months ago but wanted to repost today. Unfortunately, this is my only memoir by an indigenous author. I do plan to read “Strong Medicine” Speaks, which is a narrative that has been in my TBR for far too long. I also need to find some more to read when I’m done with it. I’m fairly good … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

Memoirs of Resistance

Lauren Thatcher Ulrich said one of my favorite things I’ve ever heard: Well-behaved women rarely make history There has been some amazing history made by women resisting the status quo, these are just some of them. Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Reading Lolita … Continue reading Memoirs of Resistance

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 thought travels before returning back to the point and less … Continue reading Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

Review:  This one is hard to review. Smith’s story is not bad or uninteresting or poorly written, but it just didn’t speak to me. While there were familiar elements in her story, whether to my own experience or other books I’ve already read, there was not much that made it really stand out. In the world of personal experiences, I don’t consider this a bad … Continue reading Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

Review:  Sex Object is not at all the book I thought it was going to be but I’m not entirely sure what I expected either. I had read Valenti’s book Full Frontal Feminism a while back and had a sense of her style of feminism and that how she feels about the way women relate to men. Of course, not all feminism is about men but they … Continue reading Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

Memoir Monday: Celebrity Memoir

Every now and then a celebrity memoir comes out that I really must read. I enjoy reading about women’s stories in general, but tend to stay away from celebrity stories. I watched my fair share of stories about how someone “made it big” on Lifetime or whatever and can’t seem to muster up a whole lot of interest. Plus, there are so many interesting women … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Celebrity Memoir

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women TBR

As mentioned last week, I still have quite a few books from Nobel Women to read and at least two are memoirs. Here they are: Born in a rural village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated. We see her studying with Catholic missionaries, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Nobel Women TBR

Memoir Monday: Nobel Women Read

Today begins announcements for the 2017 Nobel Prizes! Last year, I decided to read at least one book by every woman who had been awarded the Nobel Prize. I had initially wanted to do it in a year but that reading schedule proved a little too daunting. Instead, I’ve sprinkled them in with other challenges. Also, not all have written a book so I have … Continue reading Memoir Monday: Nobel Women Read