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review 2018-03-14 01:00
This is a DENSE book, ya'll
The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers (Penguin Classics) - Hollis Robbins,Hollis Robbins,Henry Louis Gates Jr.,Henry Louis Gates Jr.,Various

If you're looking for a book that you can dip in and out of over the course of several days (or weeks if you're me) then I recommend you check out The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers. Organized by theme, this book features many writers of different genres. There are poets, essayists, lecturers, novelists, ministers, and teachers to name just a few. The common theme (besides their gender and race) is that they are advocates for equality of the races and sexes. I found that this book was an excellent conversation starter especially if you want to talk about tough topics like economic and social equality coupled with the history of the Americas. It's also an excellent way to discover writers that you may have never heard of as many of them are quite niche. As you might surmise, the topics covered in this collection are quite deep and therefore as a whole it's an emotionally and mentally exhausting enterprise. It's well worth the effort though. It's astonishing to me just how many of these women I had never heard of but when they were originally writing their voices were strong, no-holds-barred, and topical (most are relevant even today). The truths spoken are hard to accept because the topics are still so ingrained and fresh in the memory of our country. It's another reminder that we should continually be expanding our minds and looking beyond what we already 'know'. Embrace learning about new things! 9/10 and only lost that point because by 1/2 way through I was having to hype myself up to pick it back up again.

 

What's Up Next: Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything by E. Lockhart

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-02-25 18:25
DNF at 20%
Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality - Arnold Theodore Olson,David Boies

Sorry but these lawyer-authors' writing is boring and smug as all get out. They really love the court system and lawyering. I will look for another book (hopefully not written by a lawyer) about the march to marriage equality.

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text 2018-02-23 16:25
Friday Reads - February 23, 2018
The Great Silence - Juliet Nicolson
Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality - Arnold Theodore Olson,David Boies
Dark in Death - J.D. Robb
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood

My kids are now 7 (son) and 5 (daughter). Their birthdays went well and their toy boxes are now stuffed to the brim with new toys. Son also started Boy Scouts this week, so there is another hour that I get to read while he is entertained and learning new stuff (I also read during the kids' ju-jistu class on Mondays).

 

We also took a family overnight trip to York to see the Jorvik Viking Festival. It was a lot of fun, but a long drive up there and back, plus the birthday party the following day. It was a long weekend.

 

I finished The Great Silence and moved on to the library borrow Redeeming the Dream (about 20% in). Dark in Death came in via inter-library loan this week, so my first order of business is to knock it out. After that back to Redeeming; I am hoping to finish both by the end of February. Then I am starting Women Heroes of World War I, which I borrowed from OverDrive, which will probably be my first book of March. I have almost all the books I've read in February needing reviews, so I need to get that done (on GR, since I can't rely on BL to be functioning) this weekend as well.

 

Happy reading everyone!

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text 2018-02-22 16:12
Tea's TBR Thursday - February 22, 2018
The Great Silence - Juliet Nicolson
Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality - Arnold Theodore Olson,David Boies
Dark in Death - J.D. Robb
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood

*bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Books Read:

1. The Great Silence 1918-1920: Living in the Shadow of the Great War by Juliet Nicolson (personal collection)

 

Books on hold at library: None

 

Books borrowed from library:

1. Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality by David Boies and Theodore B. Olson (20% read)

2. Dark in Death (...In Death #46) by J.D. Robb (27%)

 

Books borrowed from OverDrive:

1. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

 

 

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text 2018-02-09 09:48
Friday Reads - February 9 and 16, 2018
The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel - Adrian Levy,Cathy Scott-Clark
Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality - Arnold Theodore Olson,David Boies
The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age - Juliet Nicolson
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum

This is the third time I am writing this post. BL needs to hurry up and finish fixing the bugs, because the site has been less than useful since Wednesday. Considering my busy schedule next week and BL's weakness, I will probably not be back until after the holiday weekend.

 

So I plan on reading a lot of non-fiction in the next week and half. First up is The Siege, about the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008. Since that is a dark topic, I plan on also reading Redeeming the Dream in between chapters. After those are completed, it is on to The Great Silence and Forgotten Voices, which are on my Great War reading challenge.

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