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review 2019-01-08 03:56
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce

  Watching Flora in adulthood is fascinating: it feels a bit like watching a child grow up. Flora Segunda was inventive and fun and a bit like watching Hermione get the lead role. I particularly enjoyed the world -building, but also the way each book 's focus shifts as Flora grows up. 


Vague discomfort with the way indigenous cultures are treated, but no fully formed opinions yet. Maybe later.


Library copy


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text 2018-10-31 20:41
October 2018 Reading Wrap Up
In Her Bones - Kate Moretti
Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal
Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance - Bill McKibben
Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life - Peggy Orenstein

Big thank you to Obsidian Blue and MR for another successful Halloween Bingo. I am all good on suspense/horror/creepy reading until next year. Also a thank you to Dewey Read-a-thon, for without that one weekend of nothing but reading I don't think I would have gotten my first bingo. I read for a total of four bingos (two columns, one row, one diagonal).


Not much in quantity, but good stuff quality wise. I found a new series to glom (Maggie Hope mysteries) and a new author to read more from (Kate Moretti). I'm feeling some strong effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), so the reading challenges and read-a-thons helped me get out of my inertia. 


Here is what I read this month:

1. Eighth Grade Bites #1: The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod Graphic Novel by Heather Brewer, Tony Lee, and Julia Laud - 2.5 stars


2. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James - 2 stars


3. Leverage in Death (In Death #47) by JD Robb - 3.5 stars


4. In Her Bones by Kate Moretti - 5 stars


5. Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery #1) by Susan Ella MacNeal - 4.5 stars


6. Croc's Return (Bitten Point #1) by Eve Langlais - 3 stars


7. Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission #6) by Amelia Autin - 1.5 stars


8. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol - 4 stars


9. Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Woman, Sex, and Life by Peggy Orenstein - 5 stars


10. Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben - 4.5 stars

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review 2018-10-30 02:34
So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo

Really I don't have any interest in talking about race. What I want is to be a better human in a way that is helpful to other human beings. Oluo is someone I follow on Twitter. Her writing is wonderfully clear and straightforward and also surprisingly kind.  But so practical! Mostly I try to avoid ever talking to anyone about anything, but this book lays out for me concrete times and places and ways to use my privilege to benefit others. Surprisingly kind because withstanding a lifetime of abuse by society should enrage everyone. Our culture is cruel and dehumanizing and grossly unfair, and some days it is all I can do not to run screaming. This is what we have made and it is awful and cruel and murderous. It is prejudiced and short sighted and stupid and it is only the astounding grace and kindness of individuals in the worst moments that make it worthwhile.

I want to make life easier and better and more just for everyone and I thank Oluo for taking the time to share her wisdom and determination and to encourage me forward in the light. Right now feels very dark, so I am grateful to all those who can show me a way forward and give me hope not just that we can do better, but that we will rise up and choose to do better. Sometimes just looking after those closest to me is all I can manage and not even do that well. But more often I can listen, and learn, and witness, and maybe, just a little more, I can speak. And remember, every day that humankind is my business.


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review 2018-10-09 05:21
Review: Read & Riot- a Pussy Riot Guide to Activism



Written as a stream of consciousness, Nadya shares her experiences and thoughts on the state of things and how we as individuals can still have our say and try to make a difference in the world.


It's a fast read and easy to digest, with each chapter (aka Rules) broken into three segments: Words, Deeds & Heroes.


Words covers various topics like Questioning the Status Quo, the Prison Industrial Complex and What Putin Has to Do with Trump.


Deeds encompasses things we can all do- Dadaism, If the Kids are United, Art in Action and Pussy Riot Church (a Russian church that was more like a mini-mart or a venue hall).


Heroes explores the figures who've influenced Nadya's life and outlook- King, the Berrigan Brothers, Bell Hooks, Emmeline Pankhurst and Aleksandra Kollontai.


Equally intriguing is the recommended reading list at the end of the book, which offers up some pretty good stuff to feed your head and free your mind.  If nothing else, you'll end up with a crash course on activist ideas and a view from the front lines delivered by a person who's still there.

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