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! 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub Picks: June, July and August

   So I am picking my books for the next three months of bookclub. In other news it is way too hot here (yes here in England). I also am planning on going on Holiday in the summer. I was thinking about the Edinburgh Festival but staying somewhere that doesn't cost an arm and a leg is going to be hard. So I might do a long weekend somewhere else. I am going to have a think about it.

   Moving on to bookclub. Here we go!

   June:

   Bellwether by Connie Willis


   I recently read Crosstalk by her and really enjoyed it and liked how inventive it was. I've heard good things so I'm excited for this one.

   Ten New Poets, Spread the Word. Ed. Bernardine Evaristo. Daljit Nagra


   I don't often read poetry in anthology. I am looking forward to diving into this.

   July:

   Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland


   I am a sucker for any book that is about a bookshop. I am definitely looking forward to this.

   Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


   I don't know much about this book but I do know it's had good reviews and it about the history of two sisters. I also really like that cover.

   August:

   The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai


   I know almost nothing about this other than it's about people who read (my people!). I also like a book that takes a road trip.

    A Beginner's Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi


   I am very interested to read this as I like her stand up and this looks really good.

   So next three months books picked! June's bookclub to be posted on the last Friday, the 30th of June.








The Bossy Boots Bookclub: May Edition

   It's that time again! So without delay here we go:

   Fruit of the Lemon By Andrea Levy

  

   I loved this book. This is a book that is deeply moving but also funny. There are many people here that I recognise (not all good). There is something about how uncomfortable English people are, how the conversations that white people have are made othered in the book, which I liked a lot.

   Faith, the main character made me laugh and her journey is really about knowing who she is and what came before her. It won the Orange Prize and it should have won all the awards, read this book. One of  my all time favourites I've read this year.

   The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley



   I liked it. I liked the setting and learning about the Theatre. I do have a confession, I read this really near the end and had to rush to finish it so I don't think I was in the best mood to be receptive. I thought that reading three over the month I could handle but I think it was just too much in the end. So I liked it, but I don't really remember it.

   Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

   
   I really liked this book. The setting is great and the main two characters of Zachariah and Prunella I really fell in love with. It's also got a great pace. I couldn't wait to find out how this was all going to end. I was really satisfied with how it unravelled. Really good, I highly recommend.

   I am going to do a separate post choosing the books over the next three months. (June, July and August). Happy reading!