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Read: Gloria Steinem – My Life on the Road

January 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · books, Reads

Quote Gloria Steinem My life on the Road

 

Favorite Quotes:

“When humans are ranked instead of linked, everyone loses.”

“What we’re told about this country is way too limited by generalities, sound bites, and even the supposedly enlightened idea that there are two sides to every question. In fact, many questions have three or seven or a dozen sides.”

“Decisions are best made by the people affected by them.”

“We might have known sooner that the most reliable predictor of whether a country is violent within itself—or will use military violence against another country—is not poverty, natural resources, religion, or even degree of democracy; it’s violence against females. It normalizes all other violence.”

I was angry because young men in politics were treated like rising stars, but young women were treated like – well, young women. I was angry about all the women candidates who put their political skills on hold to raise children – and all the men male candidates who didn’t. I was angry about human talent that was lost just because it was born into a female body, and the mediocrity that was rewarded because it was born into a male one.”

 

“…One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.”

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My take: The last quote sums up what you will read in My Life on the Road, much less a memoir than a look at who Steinhem listened to along the 80+ year journey that has shaped her view of the world. She lifts the voices of women young and old, people of color, immigrants, truck drivers, taxi drivers, hell’s angels, and many many others. I am grateful that she’s shared these people with the world and keeps fighting for their voices to be heard.

Related links:

Emma Watson has a feminist book club and you should join here.

Gloria Steinem on NPR talking about her life on the road here or below.

 

 

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Achieving my reading goals was easier than I thought it would be.

January 2nd, 2016 · 3 Comments · Reads

My Year in Books: Achieving reading Goals Happy New Year! It’s been 6 months since I updated here and I’m thinking about closing the blog down or at least re-designing the site. Just something I’m pondering in the new year.

One of my main personal achievements this year was reading more, and more broadly. I achieved my goal of reading 50 books and here’s what worked:

Book Clubs: This is a no-brainer. My book club people are super-chill and many times people don’t read the books and that’s fine with me. It gives me a deadline that I work toward and exposes me to books I may not have chosen for myself.

Pick a number: Books are things and easily countable. You could choose hours reading instead, but having a number I wanted to reach really motivated me to keep track. I use Good Reads and like the handy widgets. Other popular trackers are LibraryThing, and WorldCat. Some people use a spreadsheet or a list in a notebook.

Everything counts: It’s my personal challenge so I get to decide what “counts” toward my goal. I decided to count comic book volumes and children’s books. In doing that I found that I actually don’t read as many children’s books as I thought I did. I usually just flip through them when I’m shopping for the kiddos in my life. Those on the copleted list are the books I sat down and read through completely.

 

Here’s what my year in reading looked like:

Achieving reading goals: My year in books

Infographic by Good Reads: Click the image for more information about what I read in 2015

 For 2016 I’m stepping up my game and setting a goal of 55 books. I’m willing to give up some of my mindless TV time and will need to be watchful of getting sucked into internet surfing and I’m considering that an added bonus.

I’m also joining the BookRiot “Read Harder” challenge: A great way to stretch outside of a comfort zone. Here’s the list (pdf) and I will be looking for recommendations for these categories, so please let me know.

Read Harder Book Challenge 2016

Happy Reading!

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June Reads

July 6th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Reads

June Comics

Cloonan, Becky, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, and Bob Kane. 2015. Gotham Academy. Volume 1, Volume 1.
My take: Fun read about a mysterious school- are they fledgling superheros? We’re not sure yet.

Stewart, Cameron, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Irene Koh, Maris Wicks, Jared K. Fletcher, and Bryan Hitch. 2015. Batgirl. Volume 1, Volume 1.
My take: Somewhat of a Batgirl re-boot as a young adult in grad school (sadly NOT library school). First half of this volume is most interesting. Art throughout is gorgeous.

 

Wilson, G. Willow, Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring, Joe Caramagna, Sara Pichelli, Justin Ponsor, Jamie Mckelvie, and Matthew Wilson. 2014. Ms. Marvel.

Wilson, G. Willow, Jacob Wyatt, Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring, Joe Caramagna, Jamie Mckelvie, Matthew Wilson, and Kris Anka. 2015. Ms. Marvel. vol. 2, vol. 2.

My take: Read these back to back. The new Ms. Marvel is the best of the younger superhero set. Dealing with strict parents and sudden superpowers she’s not sure how to control, I look forward most to following her journey.

 

June Books
Moriarty, Liane, and Caroline Lee. 2014. Big little lies. [New York]: Penguin Audio.
My take: A LOT of mommy-drama dragged a bit in the beginning, picked up interest in the middle and an end I didn’t predict. Light, fun, mystery.

Johnson, T. Geronimo. 2015. Welcome to Braggsville.
My take: So much satire, and social commentary packed into a compelling story sometimes difficult to follow as it is all inside the head of one character.

hooks, bell. 1981. Ain’t I a woman: Black women and feminism. Boston, MA: South End Press.
My take: Fantastic and important perspective and history of feminism. If I ruled the world, we would have all read and discussed this book in high school.

Beatty, Robert. 2015. Serafina and the black cloak.
My take: Middle grade fairy tale/mystery. Good for fans of the TV series Once Upon a Time. Serafina’s strong, spunky character makes you root for her.

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