Saturday, 27 December 2014

Bookclub: A Review!

   I wanted to do a review of Bossy Boots Bookclub this year. So here we go:

   February: The Pearl Jacket and Other Stories: Flash Fiction from Contemporary China ed. Shouhua Qi.

   I am finding with short fiction in a collection like this some I like and some I really don't respond to. I found the Art and Society sections I really responded to. I am really glad that I read this though, it's something that really made me think and I liked this a lot, even if I didn't respond to all of it.

   March: Saris in the City by Rakha Waheed

   This was a really fun change of pace. I have read quite a lot of books under little black dress press and this had the same tone and humour. I quite like the length of them as well. I'd like to read more like this.

   April: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

  When I talked about this in April I outlined the problems that I had with this book. It had been a very long time since I had read this and a lot of the book I had major problems with. I am a fan of Pratchett and a lot of his books I really like, so it came as a surprise how strongly I felt about the problems. On a side note there is a radio adaption of it that was on the BBC this Christmas that I think I would at least give a try, for pure curiosity.

   June: (I missed May) Bitch is the New Black by Helena Andrews  

   I really liked this group of essays, and her voice I really responded to. I found it an honest and sometimes funny but always unflinching account of her life. One of my favourites that I read this year.

   July: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

   This is a collection of short stories, some a lot longer than others. I liked some, I liked the style of how she writes. I tend to find in short stories some I can get on board with others I really can't, and this was the case with this collection. I am glad that I read this though.

   August: The Collected Works of A J Filkry by Gabrielle Zevin.

   You guys this book is so, so, so, so good. I am so glad I read this. One of my favourites by far. I loved it. I am not going to say anything about it other than I read it three days, now that is a mark of a good book in my opinion.

   September: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

   I knew almost nothing about this book before I read it. It paid off though and I found it really great. I loved Meg the heroine of this book, a really great imaginative tale. The edition that I was reading had great illustrations at the beginning of each chapter which I really liked.  

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

   This is a collection of essays and she has a blog of the same name (Black Girl Dangerous) which posts essays from people of colour who are queer as well as her own stuff. The website is amazing, as was this group of essays. I didn't find it easy to read at times but the way she says things always makes me think and really take stock of what she is saying. She is a great writer and I am happy that I bought this collection to read again.

   November: Kinky Gazpacho by Lori L. Tharps    

   I don't often read books that are about travel but this was a really fun read. I liked how she frames popular culture to her experience. I liked this a lot, it's not one of my favourites of this year I have to say but it was enjoyable to read.

   Of other books that I read this year to give a shout out to stuff that was not in bookclub I just read Ember by Bettie Sharpe which I thought was a really cool twist on Cinderella. I also read Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (all the way back in January) this year (which I loved!) and shout out to the audio version of this read by Carmen Rose, that audio book I really loved. I have also been rediscovering my love of Lorelei James via audio book. I have got Cowgirls Don't Cry and the audio book made me fall in love with the couple (Jessie and Brandt) in that book all over again, and is read by Rebecca Estrella. Those are just a few quick picks for stuff that I liked over the past year.

   Onwards and upwards to next year's bookclub! I have already decided I think the first six months, I am really excited!