Books, Recommendation, Weekly Series

What I Read | DECEMBER 2016

I returned to my hometown this month, which means I got a LOT of books at my public library.  This is especially noteworthy because somehow in smalltown Illinois, my library is really great at stocking diverse books.  The number of books I read about people of color BY people of color increased this month, which… Continue reading What I Read | DECEMBER 2016

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Books

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

  Percy Jackson breathes new life into familiar Greek myths and introduces several less-popular men and women.  You've got Hercules and Theseus, of course, but also Phaethon, Orpheus, and Bellerophon.  Most importantly (to my interests), Riordan tells the stories of four heroines!  The ancient Greeks weren't huge on female inspiration, and I appreciate Riordan's intentionality… Continue reading Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

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Sand in My Bra edited by Jennifer L. Leo

Female travelers of the world will love this compilation of travel essays from 28 women headed into hilarious, dangerous, and awkward situations all over the world.  Although some of the essays are generic travel stories, most are distinctly female, and it made me aware of how infrequently I read about women adventurers.  There are stories… Continue reading Sand in My Bra edited by Jennifer L. Leo

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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy's second book is even better than her first!  Why Not Me? is less a memoir and more a series of essays about her life right now.  I'm happy to learn about her past, but I'll be honest - I'm more interested in her life as a 30-something professional woman stumbling through love and work… Continue reading Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

I loved this book far more than I anticipated.  I like memoirs written by comedians, so I knew I would pick up Aziz's when it came out.  I love him in Parks & Recreation, and his stand up on Netflix is some of the smartest, most modern, most feminist comedy I've seen.  I knew his… Continue reading Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

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Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney

I loved this book, but it also infuriated me.  Two years ago, when I was 25, I wrote 80 pages of a pseudo-memoir about how I was 25 and had so far avoided having an actual boyfriend.  Now Katie Heaney does the same thing, and SO MUCH BETTER.  I'm over my jealousy - this girl… Continue reading Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I've been a fan of Felicia's from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog to her YouTube gaming show with Ryon Day, Co-Optitude.  It was inevitable that I would read her memoir, though now that I've read it, I regret letting....one whole month pass.  I should have read this the second it was released! Felicia is… Continue reading You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day