Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: The Mental Load by Emma
  • Review: She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d love to have as a best friend
  • Review: Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • Tag: Anything But Books
  • Review: Smooth Criminals, Vol. 1 by Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I scheduled this post very far in advance because at the time it posts, I’ll be in Tennessee!

Blog hopping:

  • Kristi is doing a giveaway to celebrate her two-year anniversary!
  • Brittany is also doing a giveaway! Hers is to celebrate hitting 500 followers! (Congrats!)

Song of the week:


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Book Review: The Mental Load by Emma

The Mental Load by Emma
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 26, 2018
Source: Borrowed

In her first book of comic strips, French artist Emma reflects on social and feminist issues by means of simple line drawings, dissecting the mental load, ie all that invisible and unpaid organizing, list-making and planning women do to manage their lives, and the lives of their family members. Most of us carry some form of mental load – about our work, household responsibilities, financial obligations and personal life; but what makes up that burden and how it’s distributed within households and understood in offices is not always equal or fair. 

In her strips Emma deals with themes ranging from maternity leave (it is not a vacation!), domestic violence, the clitoris, the violence of the medical world on women during childbirth, and other feminist issues, and she does so in a straightforward way that is both hilarious and deadly serious. If you’re not laughing, you’re probably crying in recognition. Emma’s comics also address the everyday outrages and absurdities of immigrant rights, income equality, and police violence. 

I guess I should start off this review by saying that before I stumbled upon this book in a local bookstore, I had never heard of Emma or her blog. I think this will be a fairly short review because I don’t have a ton of thoughts about this book — I appreciate what it’s aiming to do, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a groundbreaking piece of work.

The thing is, the people that are going to pick up this book are likely people who already agree with the author. I can’t imagine many people who are anti-feminist picking up a book that literally says “a feminist comic” on the front cover. I didn’t find much in this book that was new to me, despite the fact that I don’t necessarily consider myself well-read when it comes to feminist theory.

I think my favorite section of this book, and the one that was most interesting to me, was the one titled “You Should Have Asked.” This is where Emma brings up the mental load — the extra work that women in heterosexual relationships stereotypically have to do. I found myself nodding along as I read, recognizing behavior from past relationships and finally realizing what had been wrong that I hadn’t been able to put into words.

Aside from that, the book is mostly a collection of the author’s thoughts on several highly political topics. I agreed with some and disagreed with others. I wasn’t really pulled in by the art style and the font could be pretty hard to read at times, so I got distracted a lot while reading about the topics that I wasn’t terribly interested in.

Still, if you’re looking for an accessible primer for feminism, this graphic novel would be a great place to start.


Have you read The Mental Load? Can you recommend any good books dealing with feminism?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar
  • Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d like to see more of (or at all)
  • Review: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
  • Tag: Sunshine Blogger Award (Take 12)
  • Review: The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • I’m really excited to be part of The Babysitters Coven blog tour in September! I’ve been looking forward to this book for a really long time.

Blog hopping:

Song of the week:

I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this song, but I’ve sure heard it a lot this week.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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