Reading Challenge Update: Read the Rainbow

It’s time for my third #readtherainbow check-in and I’ve officially read the rainbow three full times!

My current tally is:


I definitely need to read some more purple books, so please let me know if you can recommend any!

Are you doing any reading challenges this year?
If so, how are they going?

Book review: Dear Ijeawele… by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women.

When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s friend gave birth to a baby girl, she reached out for suggestions on raising a feminist daughter. The result is this book, a list of fifteen suggestions that should apply not only to your daughter, but also your son and any child that you come into contact with.

I read We Should All Be Feminists last year and was blown away. I was equally impressed with this book.  I hope that I can pass on these suggestions, many of which seem to be common sense, to all the children in my life, and the children of my own that I will hopefully have someday. If all children were raised with these fifteen simple suggestions in mind, I think it’s safe to say that the world would be a better place.

Final rating: ★★★★★

#mm18: diversify your reading
#readtherainbow: violet

(Sorry that it took so long to post this review! I read this book on January 28, 2018.)

Book review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

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A quick note before I begin: This isn’t the screenplay! That’s a totally separate book that has about a million holds on it at my library, but eventually, I’ll read it. This is the textbook from the Harry Potter universe.

Another quick note before I begin: I haven’t seen the movie! I know! What kind of Harry Potter fan am I?!

Anyway, two notes aside, Fantastic Beasts is a quick, entertaining encyclopedia of all the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. I enjoyed all the side notes and being part of this world even for a little while longer.

I listened to this on audio and Eddie Redmayne did an excellent job. The studio also did an excellent job, making this right up there with the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. There are sound effects, voice effects, and little musical interludes, ensuring that the book (which is essentially just a catalog of magical species) never gets boring. I can’t comment on the physical book but the audiobook is definitely worth your time.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

#readtherainbow: red

Reading Challenge Update: Read the Rainbow

It’s time for my second #readtherainbow check-in and I’m pleased to report that I have completed this challenge! I’ve read a number of colorful books so far in 2018 and I hope to complete this challenge many more times over the course of the year. Below are examples of just a few colorful books I’ve recently read.

These are only 24 of the 50+ books I’ve read so far this year! (I honestly can’t believe I’ve read so much this early in the year.) I’m hoping to read the rainbow at least three times before the end of the year.

Are there any colorful books you can recommend to me?


Book review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

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Like my grandmother always said, “Your opinions are valid and important. Unless it’s some stupid bullshit you’re being shitty about, in which case you can just go fuck yourself.”

I remember when this book showed up in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards. I didn’t know what it was about, but I knew it had a big, smiling raccoon on the cover and it was in the humor section, so I threw it on my TBR and promptly forgot about it for two years. Flash forward to January of 2018 when I decided to start reading (or listening) to more nonfiction. A memoir about dealing with mental illness sounded like a good choice, and oh, look, there it is in a dusty corner of my TBR list.

I knew nothing about Jenny Lawson when I started reading (listening) to this book. I just knew that she was supposed to be really funny and this book was supposed to be very good. So, it was really funny at times (I laughed out loud on more than one occasion, particularly in the chapter about possums) but also really serious and sad at the same time. Jenny toes the line between sarcasm and sincerity, but I think that she always stays on the right side. (That said, it’s her memoir and her life and she can be as flippant about it as she wants!)

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