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 Reading Challenges Complete!

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

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 X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

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

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

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 Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement

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 … Continue reading Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

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

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Review: I'll be honest, I was with this book for about the first three quarters of it. And then it lost me. Actually, I was really enjoying it, despite the typical YA love triangle and a nobody who becomes the last hope of civilization. It's YA, I get it. (Disclaimer: I LOVE young adult books, … Continue reading Zodiac by Romina Russell

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Review: It's amazing how hearing the same story from a different perspective makes you see it all a little differently. While there are some bits that I'm not familiar with from American history classes throughout the years, most of the information isn't entirely new. This book just does something with the information that no American … Continue reading An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz