Reading Challenge

Aileen attempts to read a book a week. Follow along as she loses her mind. We used the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge as inspiration, then went off on our own, as you’ll find we do a lot around here. Join in by reading the books Aileen reads, or by choosing your own.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Want a really good research tool that isn’t Wikipedia. No shame, I love wikipedia, I just used it to write about Alice Bowman. Anyway. If you want to start slow on a topic, go directly to the juvenile nonfiction section of your local library and there you will find adult topics with training wheels. Thin books with lots of pictures and simplified sentences describing complicated ideas. In books written for younger readers the authors aren’t trying to impress their colleagues or their haters. All they are trying to do it convey the essence of the topic. And this brings us to Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. Read more

Poetry

Poetry

Don’t panic, I’m not going to present you with a poem written 200 hundred years ago then say, “Now what do you think the poet meant to convey?” I’m almost willing to bet even the poet had no idea what they truly meant to convey. I also won’t ask you how a poem made you feel. Instead, I will begin with my own embarrassing poetic past. Read more

Sharp: The Woman Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion acts as an excellent primer on interesting women, the work they produced and the lives they lived. From Dorothy Parker to Zora Neale Hurston and eight other in writers in between, Dean’s book acts as an introduction to some and a reminder to others. Read more

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

You can read Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn or you can listen to it. She narrates it and it is so funny and smart and heart breaking you might think Tiffany Haddish is your friend. And you might be right because it is highly likely Tiffany Haddish loves all of humanity. Read more

Book Giveaway

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Maybe you’ve seen the Tidying Up series on Netflix but haven’t got around to buying the book. Or your name is on a 400 person long waitlist at your local library. Well, here is your chance to own your own copy of Marie Kondo’s 6 million copies sold bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Read it then pass it on or build a little shrine to it. Whatever works for you. And you get the mug and the pouch! Read more

Veronica Speedwell Series

Veronica Speedwell Series

During a mercifully brief bout of spring cleaning, I found a copy of Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning under my couch. Surrounded by broken crayons, a school of goldfish crackers and some truly impressive dust bunnies, the novel’s pretty cover was the best thing I’d seen all day. Read more

Loretta Chase

Loretta Chase

Loretta Chase is considered one of the best romance fiction writers of all time. I have loved her books for years and have recently taken on the enjoyable task of rereading all her novels. Read more

Work Like a Woman Reading Challenge

Work Like a Woman

Work Like a Woman, by Mary Portas is part autobiography, part political commentary and part, as she says, a manifesto for change. Read more

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

If you have read Hunter S. Thompson and not Joan Didion then you, along with me, are in the majority. Thompson made for good copy. He was a lunatic who had a hell of a way with words. When movie stars pay to have your ashes shot out of a canon then you were definitely a personality as well as a writer. Many writers were. Fitzgerald. Twain. A bunch of other men. Read more

persepolis

Persepolis

There are books that have been calling to me to read them for years and Persepolis is one of them. Written and drawn by Marjean Satrapi, Persepolis is the autobiography of a young girl who grows into a young woman  while witnessing the changes in Iran beginning in the 70’s and how those changes shaped the life not only of Satrapi and her friends and family but the entire world. Read more