Friday 56, #77

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution my contribution:

  “But it wasn’t just the music Brit blamed her parents for. It was this fairy-tale idea she had about love. After her father died, her mother was not with another man–never even mentioned another man–and some months before her quiet death it seemed to Brit that her mother had resigned herself to the idea that life without her father wasn’t really a life after all.”

Another book that came to me via Page Habit monthly book box in May 2018. I love this cover. It reminds of some of my favorite notebook covers. And I must say, I am intrigued by this excerpt. What do you think? Would you read this book based on the excerpt? Let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to leave a link to your blog.

Happy Reading, y’all!

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Friday 56, #76

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

“Saturday was white skies and bad wind. Rebecca’s father and mother came with two gifts, beautifully wrapped.”

 

 

 

 

This book came to me via Page Habit monthly book box. It’s another book that focuses on motherhood with a twist. Click on the link above to get a better summary of the story. I’m not sure about it, frankly. Has anyone read it/ If so would you recommend it? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56.

Happy Reading, y’all.

Quickie Book Reviews: Dead Girls

Title: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

Author: Alice Bolin

Published: 2018, William Morrow Paper Backs, eBook Edition

Length: 288 pages

Genre: Nonfiction, Essays, Memoir

Source: My Public Library

Stars: 3.5 Stars

Summary:

A collection of poignant, perceptive essays that expertly blends the personal and political in an exploration of American culture through the lens of our obsession with dead women.

In her debut collection, Alice Bolin turns a critical eye to literature and pop culture, the way media consumption reflects American society, and her own place within it. From essays on Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, Bolin illuminates our widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster a man’s story.

From chronicling life in Los Angeles to dissecting the “Dead Girl Show” to analyzing literary witches and werewolves, this collection challenges the narratives we create and tell ourselves, delving into the hazards of toxic masculinity and those of white womanhood. Beginning with the problem of dead women in fiction, it expands to the larger problems of living women—both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.

Sharp, incisive, and revelatory, Dead Girls is a much-needed dialogue on women’s role in the media and in our culture.

Like:

There is nothing I love more than essays analyzing pop culture. And this summer the zeitgeist is full of dead girls in pop culture. The number of books and TV shows and movies which focus on violence against women seems to be coming to a head. And Alice Bolin has noticed this trend. She makes the connections between all the dead white girls of pop culture and her own life. I especially like the connections she makes between all the current dead girls and the OG dead girl of pop culture: Laura Palmer of Twin Peaks.

Not so much:

I wish she had spent more time unpacking the books, TV shows, movies and less time examining her own life. The personal memoir essay. I’m just not a fan of most memoirs. Even one that connects the author’s life to pop culture. And in theory this melding should be my jam. And yet…..no. It’s not.

What I’ll Remember:

I’m not sure. I’ve read so many think pieces this week about dead girls and violence perpetrated on women’s bodies and how that is now entertainment that I’m not sure what is from an article and what is from this book of essays. so I think that will be what I remember. It’s part of that zeitgeist moment in 2018.

What do you think? Have you read this book? Would you? What do you think about the way pop culture uses dead girls as entertainment? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading, y’all!

Jane Austen: A Few of My Favorite Things

Tomorrow is the annniversry of Jane Austen’s. Here is the post from last year to mark the occasion.

Coffee and Cats

This past Tuesday –July 18th– was the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death at the age of 41. And there have been “think pieces”  about her contributions to literature, and tributes to Jane all over the internet. So, of course, I want to add my own thoughts about Jane Austen to the deluge.

But rather than try to write authoritatively on Jane Austen and her contribution to literature, I’m instead listing my favorite books, movie/TV adaptations, and stuff that I’ve collected over the years.

So, here are  a few of my favorite Austen things.

Jane Austen Mug from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. See the photo above for my actual mug. As I took the photo that mug had coffee in it. I love this mug so much. It’s covered in fabulous quotes from Austen’s novels. And drinking my coffee and reading the sharp and beloved words of Jane is always…

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Friday 56, #75

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

More than the actual words, it was the tone he used to say them that struck Margherita. Armando rarely mentioned is wife. And whenever he did, it was with a tenderness that was veined with detachment.

 

 

I love books that feature cooking ever since I read a cozy mysteries series that featured a caterer. And what made those books even better were the inclusions of recipes. And this one includes a few recipes at the end. Another reason I bought this book is the cover. It’s just lovely. I’m such a sucker for a pretty book cover.

This book has been around for a while, have you read it? If so, what did you think? Are you a sucker for pretty covers too? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56.

Happy Reading, y’all!

Friday 56, #74

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

“Do you understand how hard it’s been? After betraying Britain, faking my death with the help of dear Captain MacTaggart, and the the fall of Napoleon in France?”

 

 

 

 

This is such a unique idea for a romance novel. I read choose your own adventure books back when I was a kid. They are such fun! So, I couldn’t resist buying this book to give it a try. When I finish reading it I’m planning on reviewing it. Fingers crossed that I’m not disappointed.

Have any of you read this book? And are there any other choose your adventure books out there? If so, let me know in the comments below. And be sure to add a link to your Friday 56.

Happy reading, y’all!

June 2018 Wrap-Up

The Stats

Total Books Read: 12

Number of Pages: 3,815

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 12

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 12

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 0

eBooks/Kindle: 10

Library Books: 3

Audio books: 1

Rereads: 0

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads:   92/75 (Yes, I’ve read more than my goal for the year.)

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 1 

Favorite Book:

#BookHaul!:

 

 Bookish Posts:

Harry Potter’s publishing anniversary

My Quickie Book Reviews:

QBR: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Podcasts:

In the Dark, Season 1. It focuses on the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. It’s just a fascinating investigation into what happened to that child and why he wasn’t found for 27 years. Season 2 of this podcast is finishing up as of this date, and I’m waiting until it’s finished so I can binge listen to it.

Astonishing Legends podcast. this podcast focuses on mysteries such as UFO’s, Bigfoot, and Emilia Earhart. This is a podcast for fans of Coast to Coast AM, Unsolved Mysteries, or In Search of. If you like hearing about Skinwalker Ranch and Area 51, this podcast is for you.

TV shows I’m watching (bingeing):

I just finished watching Westworld on HBO. Not sure what to think of season 2 quite yet. I may have to watch seasons 1 and 2 together to really know what I think? And that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

So that is June. How was your reading life in June? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed? What are your thoughts about them if you have? Let me know in the comments below, and leave a link to your June Wrap-Up.

Happy reading, y’all!