Friday, 27 October 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub: October Edition!

   It's Bookclub time again!

   Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie


   This collection of short stories is good. I liked a lot of what I read. I found some of these hard to read but Okojie's voice is in every one. My favourite Why is Pepe Canary Yellow? I also love that cover. 

   Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
   

   I found this really informative and interesting. The thing that I took away from this was my thinking of things in binary terms. Either man or woman, straight or gay, feminist or not. People in my experience rarely fit in one thing all of the time. The format of this was also really good, the graphic side of this made me like the book. 

   I didn't know a lot of the theories and history. I would never have picked it of it had not been in my library (the electronic part). I'm glad I did. 

   November will be the last of Bossy Boots Bookclub this year. The books are Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, I have previously stated I picked this for bookclub and I completely fell through on it. I am very happy that my library has this and I am very happy I am going to be reading it. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, this is completely new to me, all I know is it is fantasy, with spies and libraries, count me in! To be posted on the last Friday, the 24th of November. 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

A Letter To My 17 Year Old Self

   I have previously said on this blog that I get onto things long after they are a hot topic. I wanted to do a letter to my seventeen year old self. 

   It has been a hard couple of weeks for women on social media. It is the oldest trick in the book to make someone defend their position. I might do a whole post about it when I'm feeling stronger. Also defending an abuser is bullshit.



    That picture makes me happy. So without delay here is my letter to my seventeen year old self. 

   Dear Chloe age 17, 
                                      First this must be a little odd right? A letter from the future? How weird and frankly bogus. I am you though almost 17 years ahead. Bear with me, because I think it will interest you,

                                      You will go to University, be with people who you like. People who like you sure, but your opinion matters. It will take you a while, but you'll learn to trust yourself. You will get to study what you love. Not right away, but don't worry about that now. It's coming down the road and it will make you very happy. 

                                      I know you worry about boys. I wish I could tell you that you don't get your heart broken. It feels like a great possibility, you've only read about relationships in books. Books do not imitate life, whatever you read. People are unpredictable, and have their own stuff to deal with.

   It will be painful and take a very long time to get past, but you will. You'll stop worrying about if they like you. You'll think about your own wants and desires, whether some deserves to hang out with someone as awesome and interesting as you. That is one of the best things to come out of the experience. 

                                        You'll learn to sew. You'll write a whole book. You are continuing to write. You'll learn how to live on your own. You'll learn how to like the things you like, and value the things that you value. Some things will remain hard. It is not going to be smooth sailing. A lot of things will test your very limits. You will survive them. That is vital. 

                                         Oh and that History A-Level? You'll quit it within two months and be a lot happier. School does not define you. You just never found your tribe there. 

                                         One last thing about boys. There are things that you will do that you feel uncomfortable about doing. It was not right. You have been trained to be the nicest, most polite version of yourself at all times. It made those situations hard to even see what was going on. Your body might say one thing, your head is confused and uncertain. One do not blame yourself for that, two you do not owe anyone your body no matter what you've been told, three there is no shame in it either. 
                              
                                         You will find a community that is as passionate about romance novels as you are. It will make you very happy. 

                                          You're young, still figuring out what you want. That is okay and perfectly valid. Stay to who you are. 

                                           Chloe (33)

     I am going to recommend this post that I found via @twobossydames it's from The Toast (now no longer) by Mallory Ortberg. With everything that has been going on this made me laugh, it's incisive was well. The title is As A Father Of Daughters, I Think We Should Treat All Women Like My Daughters  and you can find it here:


Friday, 29 September 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub: September Edition!

   So it's Bossy Boots Bookclub time again! Without any further ado...

   Level Up by Cathy Yardley

  
     I liked this a lot. This is a romance set in the gaming world. I liked the setting, and I liked that this is a hero who is considerate and a heroine who is driven. It's good, Yardley is completely new to me so I'm glad I've read this. 

   Here She Comes Now: Women In Music Who Have Changed Our Lives ed. Jeff Gordiner and Mark Weingarten


   I loved this collection of essays about the women who meant something to the people writing about them. Full disclosure I've never been a big music person, but reading this made me want to listen to all of the people mentioned. Shout out to Sandy Denny who I am listening to right now. 

   What I really like about this book is, it is never the same story. Each one is unique. I am really glad I read this book. It's really good. 

   Next month I'll be reading Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie and Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele. I'm looking forward to both, to be posted on the last Friday of October, the 27th of October.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub Picks: September, October, November

   So I am picking the final three months of books for this year. I am proud that I've kept up with it. It always makes me happy.
 
   With that my book picks are the following:

    September

   Level Up by Cathy Yardley

 

    I bought this months back and completely forgot about it. No more, a romance about video games? Sign me up!  

   Here She Comes Now: Women In Music Who Have Changed Our Lives ed. Jeff Gordiner and Mark Weingarten


   I know almost nothing about this, but I am eager to read it. This is something I rarely if ever read, a collection of essays about music. This looks really good. 

   To be posted on the last Friday of the month, September the 28th.

   October

   Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie


   This is a short story collection, it looks good. I would have picked this for the cover alone but this author is completely new to me, so it'll be an adventure. 

   Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele. 


   I know again almost nothing about this. I thought I would choose a graphic novel and expand what I am choosing to for bookclub. It looks like I'll enjoy reading it. 

   To be posted on the last Friday of the month, October the 27th. 
 
   November

   Redefining Realness by Janet Mock


   I am very happy to report that this is in my library! This is a pick that I had and promptly never read. So I am picking it and reading it in November, it's a book that I am eager to get into to. 

   The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
 
   

   I know very little but this is fantasy and I always like reading that genre when I do, this is about libraries and spies, sign me up! I'm very excited for this (just to add this is the first book of a series).

   To be posted on the last Friday of the month, November the 24th. 

   Open to any and all!

Bossy Boots Blokclub: August Edition!

   So I'm two days late in posting bookclub sorry!

   First up The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai.
 
   I do love books about books and this is about a library. The tone of it surprised me, and the main character I didn't click with. I'm not sure I would recommend this, not every book connects with me, and this didn't. 

   Second book, The Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi.

   This book I enjoyed a lot more. I liked how England and the English are othered in this book. Our traditions and customs are given a different lens, and that is interesting to me. I like that this is funny, but it's poignant too. 

   The next post will be the selections I pick for the last months of The Bossy Boots Bookclub. 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub: July Edition!

   So it's bookclub time again!

   
   Lost for Words by Stephanie Butlnad. 

   
   I liked this a lot. The setting and the characters are well drawn. I love a book set in a bookshop, but there is a sadness that pervades the book. I don't want to give anything away but this maybe wasn't the best book to be reading along with Homegoing. 

   Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


   This is a good book. I liked how the chapters follow the characters down the generations. I thought the framework and her writing were really good. It's a book people will be talking about years down the line. It did make me sad but there is a line of humanity in the book that makes it special.

   Racism and slavery never leave each person you read, it shapes every single generation. That is something that I felt keenly reading this. Not a fun read by any means but I am very glad I read it. 

   Next month! The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai and A Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi, I am excited for both. To be posted about on the last Friday of August which is the 25th of August. Happy reading! 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub: June Edition!

   It's that time again for Bookclub! 

   Bellwether by Connie Willis


   The only other book that I have read by Willis is Crosstalk (which I would recommend too). Bellwether made me think about how science is created and it is really funny. I liked how passionate the heroine is of libraries. It does a nice job of poking fun at the bureaucracy of institutions. It made me laugh out loud, so I would definitely recommend it. Plus if you like audiobooks I read this on audio and the narrator was Kate Reading who was great. 

   Ten New Poets Ed. Bernadine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra

 
   I don't read enough poetry. This collection is a good selection, what I like about it is reading about different perspectives. In the foreword Evaristo talked about how the poetry published is 2% by people of colour in the UK. It is a shocking statistic that I hope is changing. This book highlights that the talent is there, so poetry publishers look for the poets who are not like you. 

   My favourite of the poets was Shazea Quraishi, her word choice really appealed to me. Poetry I have found is so much subjective than any other art. Still there is room for so many different ways to write poetry. It surprises me more than any other written art form, and spoken word is just as appealing.

   It also helps that this is a really short taste of each poet. You can dip in and out. I am glad that I picked this for bookclub.

   So next month will be Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. They will be posted on the last Friday of next month, the 28th of July. I have already gotten the books out of the library so I am excited!