Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Everyday Sexism

Everyday Sexism Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Formal review will be in SLJ, but I had to write my own personal review here.

This book fired me up. I'm so sick of all the examples of everyday sexism mentioned in this book and so thankful for the men I know who don't do these things. But I'm embarrassed by the women I know locally who are raising their sons to act like the idiots in this book. I'm embarrassed by the women and men I know who don't stand up for people when they see harassment.

Example: Two years ago I went to Munich by myself. In a crowded pub, I found myself being "handled" a bit more than I'm used to in Midwest American bars. Finally, when one hand gave a firm grasp to my butt cheek, I swirled around and confronted the little bastard by grabbing his wrist. I yelled in my teacher voice (the band was loud) that he didn't have permission to touch me. And I asked him if I needed to get the bouncer at the door to throw him out of the bar. Most of the people in the bar spoke English, including him, and there were laughs and heads nodding all around me. He got pissed and turned away, while two other men asked me if I needed help. One of them said that not many women stand up to "guys like that"--he claimed that it must be "an American thing." I guess so. Or maybe it's a divorced American librarian thing.

This book is about the situation above. Why didn't his friends call him out on being an asshole? Why didn't his parents raise him to not act like an asshole? Where did his objectification of women come from? Why did he think he had the right to grab a stranger's ass in a bar? Why did he runaway scared when confronted? Why did the people around me only step in to help after I confronted him?

And don't even say that I deserved it because I was wearing tight jeans in a bar by myself. If that's what you're thinking, then you are part of the problem. Read this book and learn something.

I loved this book. It made me realize that I need to join the movement. And watch how I discuss weight/men/women who don't dress like me in front of my daughter. Just the chapter about how women of politics are discussed in the media (who made your dress?) irritated me. And how schools teach kids not to have sex, but they don't teach about consent.

Read this. Please. It's a quick read, but full of discussion points.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Everyday Sexism

Everyday Sexism Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So good that I had to re-read parts of it. Review to come.

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Review: The Cold Cold Ground

The Cold Cold Ground The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved the Northern Ireland accents--made me feel like I was back there. Detective Sergeant Duffy is a Catholic cop in Carrickfergus (seriously what was he thinking?) in 1981. He's trying to keep his head down, but it's difficult to do when you have to check your own car for bombs everyday and carry an automatic weapon and riot gear to and from work. I loved hearing more about what it was like back then, especially when I compare it to what I saw a few months ago. All that barbed wire and tall walls around the police stations make sense!

Interesting twist--serial killer targeting gay men? Homosexual acts are a crime in Ireland back then, and even a bigshot of the IRA can't protect himself when he becomes a target.

I've already got two more books by this author on hold--can't wait! And, seriously, I loved the slight twist in the book that is really out of place for most Irish police procedurals. No giveaways here, but you'll know what I mean if you read it.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Death of Riley

Death of Riley Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely lovely narration by Nicola Barber--the Irish accents were gorgeous. It didn't hurt that I enjoyed what wanna-be private instigator Molly Murphy was up to in this novel. She's trying to make it in NYC, fresh off the boat from Ireland, and wants to make it in a man's world as a PI. When her new boss is murdered, she quickly learns how to investigate and makes some interesting new friends in the process.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book makes me wish I were a badass Latina lesbian like the main character.
If you loved Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, read this.
Review to come in SLJ AB4T.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: The Steep & Thorny Way

The Steep & Thorny Way The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My kind of historical fiction. I had NO IDEA that the KKK was this active in Oregon--scary stuff for people living there back in the 1920's. There do seem to be a lot of stories going on in this YA book--Hanalee is a biracial teen girl dealing with racism and not fitting in with her white community. Then there is another plot line about a gay young man being a target of the KKK. Both of them come together as friends to escape and beat the hatred stemming from their community members. Things end up a bit far-fetched, but I enjoyed Hanalee's point-of-view. I'll keep reading books by this author. And I LOVE the cover--glad the publisher put the main character on the cover and not some silly picture of half a body or a face turned away.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: Starclimber

Starclimber Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure how I missed this book coming out years ago--I loved Book #1 and #2 in this series!

And the Full Cast Audio was perfect (although I'm not sure how Matt can stand to listen to his Kate). Matt and Kate are off on another adventure together--this time, to space. As always, it was non-stop action and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This series would make a great all-family listen on a road-trip.

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Review: The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure & Betrayal

The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure & Betrayal The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure & Betrayal by Howard Blum
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Whew! Fascinating stuff here about Betty Pack, a real WWII spy. She slept her way through secrets, and did all sorts of things that were intriguing. Why is there not a movie here? Her story

screech!!!!!! (it's amazing what a Google search can do)

Jennifer Laurence might be playing Betty Pack in a movie--she'd be perfect!

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/betty-pack-j...

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