July 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 16

Number of Pages: 5,803

Written by Men: 1

Written by Women: 15

Diverse Authors: 0

Nonfiction: 2

Fiction: 14

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 13

Library Books: 8

Audio books: 1

Rereads: 0

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 109/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017:

Task 2, A Book of True Crime:  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Task 22, An Essay Anthology: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin

Pop Sugar 2018 Reading Challenge:

True Crime:  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

A Book with an Animal in the Title: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (A QBR is coming soon. #GoodReadsGiveaway)

Reading Women Challenge 2018:

A True Crime Book:  I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

An Essay Collection: Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin

A Short Story Collection: The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner & Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner & Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

Favorite Book:

ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!:

 

 Bookish Posts:

Jane Austen: A Few of My Favorite Things

My Quickie Book Reviews:

QBR: Dead Girls

Across the Web:

I think this is what I wanted more of in Dead Girls.

I ran across this essay while reading about a story based on Lord Lucan’s disappearance. Click Here

Podcasts

Harry Potter!  A lovely analysis of the book series. Warning! It’s for an adult audience.

You Must Remember This is delving deep into the bookish, gossipy fun of Hollywood Babylon.

TV Shows

Sharp Objects on HBO. This is a rough show to watch, but it’s good. Here’s a link to a story about the show on Vulture.

I wanted to write more blog posts in July, but that just didn’t happen. fingers crossed for August.  Let me know how your July reading went in the comments below.

Happy Reading in August.

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Friday 56, #78

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:

“They sat there long enough that the room slowly filled. Families and farmers and lingering vacationers. Cecily was drunk, and she picked at the potpie she’d ordered, said it was too greasy. Yale offered her some of  his fish and chips, but she declined. When she ordered herself a third martini, Yale pointedly asked for more bread.”

This book came to me via my Quarterly book box in June 2018. This one seems to be all over blogs, Instagram, and You Tube as well as a bunch of to read lists. I had never heard of it, so obviously I’m not as on top of the book blogger world as I think I am. Have any of you read it? And, if so, what do you think? Does it live up to the hype? Let me know in the comments below. #TheGreatBelieversDonate

Happy Reading, y’all!

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!

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!