You might have noticed that I created a new page on my website dedicated to books. I'l be updating it from time-to-time, but that's a great start if you're looking for some of my favorite books.
Since I'm doing the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, I've been reading a lot more genres than I have in years passed. It's been enlightening to expand my genres from just business books to novels, memoirs and essays.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed | I believe I actually finished this one in the tail end of February, but I'm sharing it because it was a great book. When I picked it up, I thought it would be a little more Brene Brown-esqu mainly because of the title. Instead, it's an in depth look at how society shames people. It's a fascinating read, and makes me think twice before jumping on the, "(insert big name here) sucks" bandwagon.
“A life had been ruined. What was it for: just some social media drama? I think our natural disposition as humans is to plod along until we get old and stop. But with social media, we’ve created a stage for constant artificial high drama. Every day a new person emerges as a magnificent hero or a sickening villain. It’s all very sweeping, and not the way we actually are as people.” - So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Bad Feminist | This book will likely be my favorite book I read this year. First, Roxane is an incredible writer. Not shocking since she teaches writing at a big ten school, but her use of language is impeccable. I even downloaded a dictionary app to keep up with her vast vocabulary. Second, her essays are thought provoking. I won't deny that at times the subject matter is hard to read, but always crucial. (i.e. quite a few essays on rape) Connor and I agree that this should be a mandatory read in high school.
“You don't necessarily have to do anything once you acknowledge your privilege. You don't have to apologize for it. You need to understand the extent of your privilege, the consequences of your privilege, and remain aware that people who are different from you move through and experience the world in ways you might never know anything about.” -Bad Feminist
What I was Doing While You Were Breeding | Oh gosh. I had SUCH high hopes for this book. Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it before Bad Feminist. Kristin is a decent writer, but after Roxane, it's a drastic difference. Truthfully, quite a few of her jokes didn't land with me. There were quite a few rape-y jokes that I just didn't find funny. (Personally, I'm of the mindset that rape is never a joking matter, and there are plenty of other things we can poke fun at other than that.) There were other times that I was laughing out loud, but overall, it didn't live up to my expectations. If you opt to read this, be prepared for lots of sex.
“When you travel, you're forced to have new thoughts. "Is this alley safe?" "Is this the right bus?" "Was this meat ever a house pet?" It doesn't even matter what the new thoughts are, it feels so good to just have some variety. And it's a reboot for your brain. I can feel the neurons making new connections again with new problems to solve, clawing their way back to their nimbler, younger days.” - What I was Doing While You Were Breeding
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