Wednesday, February 22, 2017

December 2016/ January 2017 Reading List

Fiction
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling One of my regrets about living in England was that I was unable to score tickets to score tickets to a West End performance for this play. So I was thrilled when my BFF loaned me a copy of her book and I love, Love, LOVED it!

Dietland by Sarai Walker This book came recommended from the PussyHatProject website as something to listen to while knitting. This book definitely has 2 distinct phases: initially it's a funny satire/ comedy about the beauty industry and the media that covers it; and later it becomes a dark, twisted dark comedy following a mock- feminist terrorist group. This book might not be for everybody, but I enjoyed the ride.

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon I'll admit that I am a childless adult who still enjoys reading the occasional children's book now and then. I was familiar with David Shannon's "David" series from the times I worked in elementary schools, so one night when I was having trouble sleeping I decided to check out the audio version of A Bad Case of Stripes. While the story line was fun, I did miss the fun illustrations. Next time I'll stick to the print version.

Jubilee by Patricia Reilly Giff This is a young adult story about a girl named Jubilee who is selectively mute. This is a story about friendship and coming of age- good qualities for any young adult reader, it just wasn't very memorable to this adult reader.

Non-fiction


Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher I literally started listening to the audio version of this book the day before she passed away. This book is adapted from Fisher's one woman show and filled with hilarious essays, memories and anecdotes about her life in Hollywood. I looked forward to listening this on my commute to and from work. It was a sad reminder of the talent the world lost.

The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Kizhnik I'd heard a lot about supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but I didn't really understand just how much of a badass she is until I picked up this book. I have so much more respect and adoration for her now.

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou This book was recommended from Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Book Club and I'm so glad that I picked it up. I knew a little bit about Maya Angelou from her appearances on Oprah, but girrrl (or boyyy as the case may be)...she has been through some shit! This is a memoir about Maya Angelou and her on again, off again, on again relationship with her mother. It was a short, quick read and I couldn't put it down.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay This book came recommended by several book clubs and websites, so I checked out the audio version and now I want Roxane Gay to be my new BFF. This series of essays was well thought out, had humor, and got me thinking. I especially enjoyed her commentary on the Sweet Valley High book series.

Graphic Novels

Lumberjanes #14 & #15; Wonder Woman #4 & #5 
I am still enjoying these two series. In these two issues of the Lumberjanes, Jen finds herself lost in a snowstorm and the others try to find her. And in Wonder Woman 4 & 5 she must do battle with The First Born.

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