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!

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:


   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.


   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. 

   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.