Action Book Club: Readers Start a Ripple Effect of Good Deeds

Calling all book clubs! (And all you readers who want to start one!) This week, Little Free Library launched the Action Book Club, and they want you to join.

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This sounds like an amazing idea!!

Meet My New Book Tracking Addiction: Bookout

I’m rarely on the cutting edge of anything. That being said, somehow I managed to discover Bookout the week it launched in December.

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If you want to better track your reading this year, this app sounds awesome!

I Failed at the Goodreads Challenge Again, and I Feel Fine

I started 2016 with a big, but doable reading goal: 100 books by December 31. I set the goal on Goodreads and watched as the little message on the challenge box said I was “on track,” “x books ahead,” or (shudder) “x books behind.” As the year went on, I stopped seeing the “ahead” message, and it  became clear that I wouldn’t get there. For the third year in a row, I would fall short.

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If you failed your 2016 Goodreads challenge like me, there’s always next year, and the year after that, and the year after that…

A vogue for self-exposure has reduced feminism to naked navel-gazing

“I get naked on TV. A lot,” writes Lena Dunham in her bestselling memoir Not That Kind of Girl. Exhibitionism isn’t new to her, she explains; in fact, she rather likes being naked, as her body is “a tool to tell the story”. That story is, of course, her own: a compendium of corporeal confessions, with an emphasis on their most awkward and impolite dimensions, belches and farts, periods and pubic hair. As soon as it arrived on shelves, the book was headline news as Dunham variously apologised for touching her sister’s genitals, for trivialising child abuse, for amending her accounts of college sex. It was publishing gold.

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I have a list of articles, posts and think pieces I collect to send to people whenever they ask me why white feminism is garbage. Glad to be adding one more to the list!

Women Crime Writers Are Not a Fad

Earlier this month Terrence Rafferty, a longtime film critic, wrote a long, lumpy essay for The Atlantic about the proliferation of excellent women crime writers. Yes, I said lumpy: there is a lot of undigested material in the piece.

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I’ve heard nothing but awesome stuff about Meg Abbott so I’m really excited to pick up her books and get myself into the noir genre!

Entry 18: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)

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Authors: Susan Dennard
Genre:
Fiction
Young Adult
Fantasy > Magic
Published/Publisher: January 5th 2016/Tor Teen
Pages: 416
Format Read In: Hardcover

Summary from Goodreads:
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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100 Must-Read Books About #carefreeblackfolks

Obviously, the hashtag #carefreeblackfolks cannot completely apply to a book someone would want to read; a book about a carefree person is going to be pretty boring. A book’s protagonist still needs a conflict, but their troubles do not have to be race related, or about, as we tend to refer to it, The Struggle.

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