Friday, 30 March 2018

Bossy Boots Bookclub: March Edition!

   It's Bossy Boots Bookclub time again! Here we go...

   Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

   This is my favourite book that I've read this year. I've heard it compared to Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. I understand why, it is in the same format, written as diary entries and Sofia has a similar job to Bridget. For me this book has more depth. 

   I thought it was imaginative, funny and insightful. I want to find voices of people that I don't know and rave about them. This book fulfilled that need ten fold. 
   Tone is a tricky thing to pull off. First person narration is also hard to do well. This book does both really well. I really liked this book. 

   Next month Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce. To be discussed on the 27th of April, the last Friday of the month. This doesn't come out until the 5th, but any and all welcome to join me in the dash to read it! 

Friday, 23 February 2018

Bossy Boots Bookclub: February Edition!

   It's Bookclub time, the first of this year. Here we go:

   Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 

   It took me a while to get into this but I eventually started to enjoy it. I think because the world of the opulent is so distant but the humour comes through really well. He's written two more books that I might check out set in the same universe. I was happy that I could get this through my library. Also side note this is being made into a movie. Constance Wu is playing Rachel (from Fresh Off The Boat), I will definitely want to see it for the costumes alone! 

   Next month Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik to be posted on the last Friday of March (the 30th of March). Happy reading!

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Bossy Boots Bookclub Is Back!

   Bossy Boots Bookclub is back! I have decided what books I am choosing for the next three months. So here we go...


   Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 

   I have seen a lot of good reviews of this. I am also excited that my library has this book. I'm looking forward to diving into this. To be posted on the last of February, the 23rd (I know this is close, I wanted to start in February, any and all welcome in the three week dash :))


   Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

   I know almost nothing about this book apart from this is dating within a Muslim lens. I am intrigued by this and it is in my library. Hurrah! To be posted on the last Friday, the 30th of March. 


   Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce

   I am super excited for this one, I know it's been compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society that I totally fell in love with. This is about an advice column set in 1940. To be posted on the last Friday, the 27th of April. 

   Happy reading!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

7 Things I am Looking Froward To

   So things that I am looking forward to this year!

   The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

   I know almost nothing about this book but I am very excited. Roxane Gay has recommended it. I like trying new authors in romance. I have just downloaded it. 

   Proud Mary


      Taraji P. Henson as an assassin? Sign me up. This is coming out at least in the UK on the 2nd of February and I am going to see it next week. 

    The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare 

  I have been eagerly awaiting for this for months! It was out last year in America not so here in the UK. Still I am very happy that I get to read it at last in three weeks time (yay!).

  The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard


   I again know almost nothing about this book. I have liked the direction that Howard went with her last book. I've always liked her writing. This comes out at least in the UK at the beginning of March. 

   Chaser by Kylie Scott

   This is the last book in her Dive Bar series (sob!), again I will follow wherever she goes. I am excited for this. It's being published in the middle of April.

   Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce 

   I know almost nothing about this, it's set in 1940 and the advice column taken up by a woman in the Office. I've heard it compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society that I fell in love with so I am excited for this. I might include this in my bookclub. It's out at the beginning of May. 

   Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

   I again know almost nothing other than it's pretty intense subject matter dealing with survivors of a shooting. This is out at the very end on May this year. 

   Edited to add: I think the internet lied to me about Proud Mary's release date in the UK. IMDB has the release date of it near the end of March, rather than the cinema which has it at the beginning of February. I will be seeing it, just later than I thought. Also Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce come out in the beginning of April, not May. Sorry!

14 Things That Made Me Happy In 2017

   I want to preface this by saying 2017 was a garbage fire for a lot of people. It was a hard year to get through. I am not going to get into the #metoo movement. Just to say, believe the women coming forward. Believe them. The end.    

   Moving on. I want to do my 14 Things That Made Happy In 2017. I really like doing it, in alphabetical order here we go:

   Atomic Blonde

   It made me happy this film. It looks great, her clothing is a pleasure to look at. The fight scenes are great too. I did not look to hard at the plot (particularly the ending). I am here for an action film being centred on a woman. 

   Girls Trip

   I want to link to the dance scene. That made me super happy. You can find it here:

   The Furthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

   It is rare to find a romance that is devoted to a male sub in erotica. I liked the previous book in her series but this blew me away. This is a departure for Ashley but I am so glad she took it.

   Hidden Figures

   The movie was in my list last year. It took me a while to reserve the book in my library. It's a well researched book that opened my eyes to how vital these women were to NASA. It highlights so many women's stories. Read it. 

   How Did Your Parents Meet Twitter Thread

   Nicole Cliffe (who used to write on the Toast) posed this question on Twitter and the responses are amazing. You can find it here: 
   The Incredible Jessica James

   I love romantic comedies, there have not been all that many around that are good. This was surprise and good. I like that this is about a woman of colour. It's funny, romantic and real. I thought the children theatre subplot would be my least favourite but it was actually my favourite, tied with the conversations she has in her mind with her ex-boyfriend. It's great and the lead played by Jessica Williams makes this film. 

   The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

   I knew of her through this article, which you can find here: 

   I've read it before but it really hit me in the solar plexus. I have my own personal red shoes. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie and Living dangerously by Katie Fforde. I have such a deep love of both of those books. I wanted so fiercely to write like that, to emulate that perfection. When I first wrote anything resembling a romance, I was trying to copy what I loved so deeply. 

   Eventually I thought up my own shoes. Those other red shoes? They belong to Jennifer Crusie and Katie Fforde. I can take pleasure in reading it over and over. My own writing? It had to be mine. I have deleted so many things because I have fallen into the trap of those shoes. I want the stories that I write to be mine. It does not matter if it's terrible, I own that terribleness. It is mine. That is the important thing. 

  I read the Iron Duke in one sitting. Ms Brook, your shoes are pretty fantastic. I tip my hat to your characterisation and world building. 

   Lemonade by BeyoncĂ© 

   I have said previously on this blog that I often take forever to get to something that was a hot topic. I finally got this from my library. This is meant to be a visual album and I saw it in one sitting. It is stunning to look at. The songs were great. This felt to me like a complete piece of art. My favourite songs were Sorry and Formation

   The Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

   I found about this book via Heroes and Heartbreakers that no longer do articles which I am very sad about. This book was perhaps my favourite new author to me of 2017. It is to me a perfect book. This is a fantasy book that has Ista at the forefront. I listened to this first, for anyone else that is a fan of audiobooks it's read beautifully by Kate Reading.

   Thirst Aid Kit 

   This is a podcast hosted by Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins. I specifically want to link to the one they did about literature titled Literary Baes they had Mallory Ortberg (also formally of The Toast) with them and it is delightful. You can find it here:

   I could just do this all day talk about book boyfriends and girlfriends. Min from Bet Me, Rochester from Jane Eyre and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion to name a few from the top of my head. What I really like about this podcast is that it talks about different forms of desire, but it is always centred around what women are attracted to. 

   Trust by Kylie Scott

   Full disclosure I will follow Kylie Scott anywhere. Her books are always on my go to list. Her books are also narrated by Andi Arndt. She is one of my all time favourite narrators and this book is great. 


   I am not a huge twitter person but I check this almost everyday. This is where I get their newsletter that I read every Saturday, full of great things! I think for me it coincides with a lot of my taste. For me that is what Twitter is useful for, to follow the people that have a similar taste as you (not completely the same, because it's those things that surprise you that make it fun). The two women behind Two Bossy Dames are Margaret H. Willison (@MrsFridayNext) and Sophie Brookover (@sophiebiblio).  

   Wonder Woman 


   Yay!!!!! There is finally a woman who is a superhero! There are parts of this film that don't work for me. For me that comes from the problem with most superhero movies. The antagonist for that type of movie falls flat. What I liked overcame that. The fight scenes were great, especially that scene over no man's land. The stuff with Lucy Davis I loved. If the whole film could have been about that I would have been really happy. This is directed by a woman and you can tell. This was also a movie I saw in the theatre and it was well worth it. 

   Year One by Nora Roberts 

   Nora Roberts is great. I admire that she is not afraid of trying different genre within romance. This is an apocalyptic setting and she pulled it off. I re-read this a lot when I first got it. I also listened to this vis Audible. The narrator Julia Whelan is a favourite (she also narrated The Witness and her voice suits that story so well). This is the first in a three book series, I am already eager for the next one, I think in November of this year. 

   Onto next year and the things that make me happy!   

Friday, 12 January 2018

Bossy Boots Bookclub: The Last Year

   I was sick with a cold all of this week, but I am a lot better. I wanted to do a post of the last year of Bossy Boots Bookclub. First I am really proud that I kept up with two books a month. I will be doing it again this year, but with one book a month this year!

   So let's look back:


The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave


   The illustrations that I had in my copy were really great, I liked the world that she created.

   Dietland by Sarai Walker

   This is one of the most thought provoking books about fatness and fat politics that I have read. It surprised me and stayed with me.


      A Spy In The House by Y. S. Lee 

   It's a good mystery but it didn't grab me. 

   Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye 

      I think this might be my favourite Jane Eyre variation (I have read a lot of iffy ones as well just to be up front) this blew me away. 


   The Fruit Of The Lemon by Andrea Levy

   If you decide to read only one book on this list, read this one. I had been meaning to read her for a long time. There is such a humour, warmth and yet sharp insight to how she writes. This stayed with me long after I read it.

  Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho

   I really liked it. This her debut. Fantasy about protagonists of colour in a regency setting?  Sign me up! It's super good. 

  The Little Theatre By The Sea by Rosanna Ley

   Due to my reservation not coming through in time for the Levy book I picked three for that month. I have to say that was way too much. I barely remember this book. I've read books by her before and liked them. I was pushed for time, sorry!


   Bellwether by Connie Willis

   This was one of the funniest books I have read over this bookclub. If you like audiobooks this one is read by Kate Reading and I really liked it. 

Ten Poets ed. Bernadine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra

      What I liked about this collection was that it gave you a taste of each poet. It's a good way to introduce a form.


   Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland

   A lot of this book made me sad. It had a lot of literature references in it that made me happy.

   Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

   I'd seen this book on a lot of lists. This book deserves the praise. It has stayed with me. The dual perspectives made me want to read on. 

   The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai


    Sometimes I don't connect with a book or a protagonist. This was the book this year. 

   The Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi 

   I don't actually remember a lot of this book either. It was over five months ago now. One thing I will say her stand up is really good and her voice is in this book.


   Level Up by Cathy Yardley 
   I like a romance novel set within a sphere that I know nothing about. This is video games and it's good. This was a new author to me. The hero really made me happy. 

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

   This really surprised me, each writer is passionate about the women they are writing about. Reading about different women who all had an effect on them was eye opening. 


   Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie 

   This was a short story collection and some of them really grabbed me. I love looking at that cover again. 

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

   It's an interesting graphic novel and I found about a lot of theory that I had not been introduced to before. 


   Redefining Realness by Janet Mock 

   I rarely read non fiction, though looking back I did pick quite a lot this year (maybe picking two a month made me branch out). I am really glad I read this, and that I could reserve it from my library. 

   The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman 

   I was really happy with this pick and lucky for me this is a series and a lot of the other books are in my library. Cogman is completely new to me, and this was great. 

   I am already starting to pick the books for this year. Overall I am happy with the books that I picked last year. Doing this always forces me to see beyond my comfort zone. I'll post my picks within the next two weeks. Happy reading in the New Year!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub: November Edition!

   Bossy Boots Bookclub is back and for it's final post of the year. I am super proud that I have kept this going, with two books a month. 

   First up:

   Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

    I am glad I picked this book and that I could get it from my library. This is her story. It's different from what I usually read (I rarely read biography), it's strong, enlightening and honest. I would definitely recommend this. 

   The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman 

   I finished this book in three days. I thought the world building in this was really good. I think the fantasy element of this really sold it to me. Plus Irene is the driving force of the book. 

   Cogman is a new author to me. This book is the first in a series. To me the book stands alone and it not a cliff hanger either, which I was a little afraid of. This book makes me want to read more in this universe and lucky for me there are more books that she had written out there, and they are in my library. 

   I always have such fun doing this, that I will return next year with a selection of books. I have kept my promise of doing two books a month. Next year I will go back to just one a month. Happy reading over the holidays!