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!

 



Thursday, 4 May 2017

Bossy Boots Bookclub: The (Late) April Edition

   I forgot about this April Edition, because get this I finished these books way early in April, opps. So no hanging about.


   A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee. I knew nothing really going into this. I have now realised that this the first book in the series. I think there are four in total. I have to admit I didn't love it. I liked the heroine, the setting of London and the spying. It just didn't grab me, and I'm not really motivated to read the rest. It's still worth reading.


   Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye. I also knew next to nothing about this other than this is a retelling of Jane Eyre of sorts. I fell in love with this book. Each chapter starts with a quote from Jane Eyre and this Jane reads and comments on the book throughout the novel. She is a murderess but I loved her so much. It made me so happy this book, and set in a similar time period to the other book. I also bought this book in audio form for those who like their audiobooks, also just as good. If you like Jane Eyre, this is a great book to go along with it. This Jane is dark and has a lot of agency. My favourite book that I've read this year. 

   Due to me not getting Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy (it's only now getting my library) May's Bookclub consists of three books.

   Bossy Boots Bookclub - May Selection:

   Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy


   I know next to nothing about this book. I have not read Levy and I like the title, and that cover, so I am looking forward to this one.

   Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho


   I do not know much about this book, but I like the cover, plus it's a fantasy book. I want to read more of that. Looking forward to posting about this.

   The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley


   I am a sucker for a book where a woman changes her life completely enrolling in something else. I like reading about different techniques (baking is a big draw for me), I also know nothing about theatres so I think this will be fun.

   All of these books to be discussed on the Friday 26th of May. Any book and anyone welcome!

False Nostalgia Hole

   I spent at least half an hour to an hour looking at old posts I made last night on Facebook. It turns out this just made me sad. First of all this is not a productive use of my time, second I look at all those smiley faces and cheery tones and all I want to do is punch myself in the face.

   I keep reading studies that show that people who spend a lot of time on social media are more likely to get depressed. I think there are two issues there. Social media on any platform is a performance. It is bred into it's DNA. I don't think it's a bad thing, but it does make it interesting. It's a performance of sharing the things that you think people want to know, there is a public aspect to it. That is only part of your life that you choose to show in a public forum.

   I happen to part of a Private Facebook group that makes my life and I hope the other's that are part of it easier and shared. It is still public to that group of people but it is another form of privacy.

   There is another side to Facebook the look at how cool I am! Share this link about feminism! Please like this thing I didn't even read! It happens just as much on Twitter. I do it too. I have decided to stop. It just makes me mad at myself, I am not going to stop linking to things and having status updates but I am going to be much more selective. I want to choose things that actually mean something to me, I am not saying that I have not done this in the past but wanting other people to approve it? Fuck it.

   Looking at what other people are doing, I think I and everyone else needs to remember we are all in the performance business and deep down we are all as deeply strange and lonely as anyone else.

   Also to add it's a false form of nostalgia, my life has it's ups and downs, looking at the past resolves nothing. I wish I could do things differently but that statement is applicable to almost everyone else on earth. Facebook just gives us a version we displayed to the world in ink.

   I have also realised that I have been in Facebook for nearly a decade, there are things there that make it a helpful tool, but going down a false nostalgia hole is not one of them.

 

   Here is a picture of a black hole just because it's pretty.

   I am going to recommend this series of video blogs called Drunk Feminist Films. I liked all of them, but I particularly thought Crossroads, Twilight and Save The Last Dance all made me think and laugh the most. I am going to link to the Crossroads episode. You can find it here: