Friday, 29 August 2014

Bookclub! The Collected Works of A J Filkry by Gabrielle Zevin

   This month's book was The Collected Works of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

   I finished this in three days, safe to say I really, really liked this. I don't want to give away too much about this but it really hit me full force.

   I wanted to say that each chapter starts with a book recommendation, which just made me want to compile my own list (which tells you what type of book person I am). Something that really appealed was this idea that you can find out so much more about person by asking what their favourite book is, as people tend to lie about other things.

   I am a book person, and this is a wonderful book. Your millage may vary but I loved it.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Boosy Boots Bookclub Picks! September, October, November

   It's the time again, to pick some books!

  These are my picks:

   September: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.

   I know almost nothing about this book, apart from that it has a strong female character and that this is a fantasy or science fiction. That is the most that I want to know, I've wanted to read this for a while so September is the month that I am reading it.

   October: Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender by Mia McKenzie

   This is a collection of essays and I am a big fan of her website (which is of the same name) so I want to read it.

   November: Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love and Spain by Lori L. Tharps

   I don't read many books that talk about travel and this seems fun so I am going to pick it for November. 

   This will be last until next year. I am still going to do this as I am having such fun doing it. On Friday will be The Collected Works of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Random Assortment

   So a random assortment of things that I've been discovering over the past month:

   I recently found this version of Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes sung by Johnny Cash. I absolutely fell in love with this version of this song over the past month. It's a very old song I think back in the 16th Century, but there is something in the way that he sings this that really hooked me. His deep voice makes the lyrics stand out. You can find it here:

   I have been listening to old episodes of the Podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. I really like the podcast (which I listen to on ITunes), I have always liked the segment where they share what's making them happy that week. I also really like that this is podcast that doesn't talk down to you, and has really interesting and great conversations about stuff that I care about.

   On a less positive note I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy. I don't want to spoil anything so all I am going to say I had a lot of major problems with it. I don't think a lot of what I had problems with was with the actual film but the conventions of the blockbuster and comic book movies in general. I liked some of the actors in this but for me the problems outweighed my enjoyment.

   I found this song this month called You don't have far to go by Candi Station. This is an amazing version of this song. I really, really like it. You can listen to it here:

   I have always been a fan of this song, but this week I love it all the more. It's Baby I love you by Aretha Franklin. I am a big fan of her voice, and this is a song that I really like. It's not as straight forward a love song as I thought when I first listened to this, I like it all the more for it. You can find it here:

   I bought and read Lessons in the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with your Body by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby quite a long time ago, This book really is amazing. I love it so much. I love the authors, these two and Lesley Kinzel really shaped my fat acceptance (and please get her book Two Whole Cakes that is super amazing and cool too). This is a book that I go back to again and again. It has helped me and made me ultimately happier with not just how I look but I feel about myself and others (I still catch myself saying something in my own head about whatever, but I recognise it and I am quick to remind myself that is reductive thinking). I still like to read it.  
   This picture is also just making me happy today:


   I am really happy that Melissa McCarthy is getting the press that she deserves. I really like her in general, I thought she was really great, funny and quick on both Ellen and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  I also just think that photo is great, love her arms, really just love her pose and how cool she is. 

   I am going to post my next picks for Bookclub in the next couple of days and Bookclub is on Friday, so I'll get my self sorted so people know what books I am choosing for the next three months.