August Playlist | 2019

 I know this is incredibly late but it’s here now! Here’s all the songs I listened to on repeat during the month of August. I hope you find some new jams!

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truth hurts – lizzo

juice – lizzo

boyfriend ft. social house – ariana grande

bb talk – miley cyrus

i get so scared – miley cyrus

pablow the blowfish – miley cyrus

hey look ma, i made it – panic! at the disco

good as hell – lizzo

coloring book – the regrettes

pumpkin – the regrettes

stop and go – the regrettes

i dare you – the regrettes

dress up – the regrettes

more than a month – the regrettes

slide away – miley cyrus

people – the 1975

motivation – normani

false god – taylor swift

cruel summer – taylor swift

Albums that I had on repeat:

  • Lover by Taylor Swift
  • How Do You Love? by the Regrettes

Let me know what you’ve been listening to!

Things Not to Say/Do to Your Bookseller

I’ve been a bookseller for about a year now at two different bookstores (a chain and an indie) and there’s so many things I’ve heard that I wish I didn’t. As a bookseller, you learn a lot about your customers based on what they read and the endless conversations you have with them about these books. After a year of bookselling, there’s just some things that I want to advise you NOT to say to your bookseller.

  • “Are you sure you don’t have it? It says in stock right there.”

This was something that happened to me SO often at Barnes & Noble. The customer service desks faced out towards customers and this caused a lot of issues with customers thinking they know what they’re reading. Yes, while the computer says it’s in stock, that’s only at a warehouse. If I tell you we don’t have the book and we can order it, just order it and believe me.

  • “Don’t you have a cheaper version like a paperback of this new release in store?”

This was ALWAYS for new releases. Please understand that most of the time, publishers don’t release paperbacks until about a year after the release. This time frame mostly depends on how well the book is doing. If a book is flying off the shelves in a hardcover (For example: Where the Crawdads Sing), it’s less likely they’re going to release a paperback anytime soon. This is simply because they’re making more money off these hardcovers. So, if you don’t want to pay for the hard cover, you’re going to have to wait a year or so.

  • Please stop leaving your iced plastic cups on the bookshelves. You’re ruining our shelves and books.

Most bookstores with Starbucks or coffee shops attached know what I’m talking about. There were so many different occasions I’d find an iced drink leaking all over the shelf because someone decided just to leave it there. There’s trash cans, people. Also, maybe get a more environmentally friendly cup that you won’t leave everywhere? It’s just annoying when there’s rings on our bookshelves because of other people not having manners. I get it, sometimes you forget your drink and it’s an accident, but DAMN. This happened to often for everyone to be that forgetful.

  • You don’t have to whisper.

As an indie bookseller in a small store, it’s just awkward if you whisper. It’s not a library so you don’t need to be quiet. I can promise you I’m probably not even listening because I’m too busy reading my own book. It’s okay to talk to your friends or family while you’re book shopping!

  • While I do have an expansive knowledge on books, I don’t know that book that was mentioned on the news this morning or a magazine.

I wish that I knew these books that are promoted on TV or in the paper. But, unfortunately, I don’t have time to watch the morning news. I’m usually at work when that’s airing. I’m not mad if you ask about these books but it sucks when I’m not able to find them online when you’re looking for them. I really do want you to find this book! Try to take a photo of the news article or the TV screen whenever they’re promoting the book. I’ll definitely be able to find it then.

  • Print books aren’t dying and neither are the bookstores.

I hate it when people tell me this and remind me of their trusty e-reader they love so much. Don’t get me wrong, e-books are great. But, if you’re standing in the indie bookstore I work at, why would you tell me this? I’m aware of the popularization of e-books but it’s important to know print isn’t dying. If it was, we wouldn’t be a bookstore full of physical books. It is important to know that bookstores aren’t as busy as they were before but there’s new indie bookstores opening everywhere in America. In fact, there’s more newer indie bookstores than ever. That’s why it’s so important for you to shop at your indie bookstore. If you want to be able to linger around a bookstore for hours sipping on your hot coffee, you gotta at least get some books there!

  • “The last time I read a book was for high school reading. It sucked.”

I’m glad you’re bragging about being illiterate, Brad. Why are you even here?

  • “Do I HAVE to start with book one in the series?”

I can’t believe people really start in the middle of some series. Yes, I’m pretty sure if you want to understand most series: you should start with book one. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some series that you don’t really need to start at the beginning. But, if you ask me if you need to read the first book in Throne of Glass or A Darker Shade of Magic, I’m going to tell you: Yes. Definitely.

  • Please stop taking photos of our books to buy them somewhere else.

Man, I really hated seeing this because I knew most people do this to pick up the book somewhere else (Amazon, probably). Google exists for a reason! Don’t waste my time asking me to help you find a book if you’re not going to buy it here. I’m not an Amazon bookseller. I’m an indie bookseller! I could be helping someone who genuinely wants to read and buy the book they need help finding.

  • “The book you recommended me sucked.”

This hasn’t happened to me personally but it did happen to one of my old co-workers. I love giving recommendations to people but listen, I’m going to be bias. I’m going to recommend my favorite books to you if you ask, “What’s the best book you’ve ever read?” That question doesn’t let me help you find YOUR favorite book, it just lets me show you mine. If you’re going to ask for recommendations, please give us more on what you’re into. What was your last favorite book? What’s your favorite TV show? It helps us way more!

  • “Why would I read the book when I can watch the movie?”

I don’t know, why are you in a bookstore when you can just go buy some DVDs or something? Also, the book is ALWAYS better.

  • Don’t flip over or move a book that you don’t agree with or that you just don’t like.

I used to do this when I was a KID simply because it’s childish. It’s annoying when you turn over Donald Trump’s books or move them to an entirely different section. This causes customers to be mad at US for not being able to find the book you moved. I don’t like his books either but I’m also aware of the extra work that causes for booksellers. Not to mention, we don’t get paid enough to walk around the store looking for books customers moved. Also, even though I get bored, I don’t want to turn over a bunch of political books because a customer decided to be petty. It’s annoying so please don’t.

  • Don’t argue with booksellers if we say the book is in the back and we can’t get to it right now.

My first ever horrible experience at Barnes & Noble was with a dad who INSISTED on getting this book for his daughter. It was some obscure paperback that even I hadn’t heard of. This was during the holidays so we were so busy and the back was FULL of boxes. I couldn’t just go rip through all the 50+ boxes for this random paperback. He went to several booksellers about this saying, “Isn’t the title on the box?” like no, it’s not. If it was, I could’ve gotten it for you. Anyways, the manager had to rip through all the books to find it because this person couldn’t wait for the receiver to unbox it. RIP. Most of the time, the book is in the back and we can get it for you but you just have to be patient!

  • “I’m just going to buy it on Amazon. It’s cheaper!”

Why would you ever tell a bookseller that? Let alone, an indie bookseller? It literally hurts hearing people come in here and just say they’re going to buy it online. We can order any book you want, we offer discounts for teachers, our bestsellers are 25% off and we work much harder to help you than Amazon will. I know that books are cheaper on Amazon but don’t you want a bookstore near you to rely on? Don’t you want to have weekends where you linger around a little indie bookstore and end up finding your favorite book? I get it, some people will STILL shop on Amazon. But, there’s no reason to tell your bookseller that. I don’t think you’d walk into Wendy’s and say, “I’m just going to get food at McDonalds. BYEEE” like ??? I don’t get it. Have some manners, please.

 

To find an indie bookstore near you, check out this link.

 

I love being a bookseller but there’s just some things that make me giggle or that I had to get off my chest. If you’re a bookseller, HOLD ON TIGHT. You can do this! If you have more to add to list, comment! I’d love to see how others feel as well lol.

 

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I Rank the Songs on “Lover” + Her Albums

I didn’t plan on making this blog post but I thought it would be a fun one to write so here we are! I just want to state that my rankings will change SO much considering the album just came out yesterday. I may do an updated one after awhile but as of right now, here’s my rankings for the songs on this album.

Disclaimer: I LOVE all of these songs. I don’t skip anything. I just listen to some WAY more than others.

  • The Man
  • Lover
  • Soon You’ll Get Better ft. the Dixie Chicks
  • Cornelia Street
  • I Think He Knows
  • London Boy
  • Cruel Summer
  • False God
  • You Need to Calm Down
  • Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince
  • I Forgot That You Existed
  • The Archer
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts
  • Afterglow
  • Paper Rings
  • Daylight
  • It’s Nice to Have a Friend
  • ME!

As for albums, here’s how I feel right now:

  • Red
  • Reputation
  • Lover
  • 1989
  • Speak Now
  • Fearless
  • Self-Titled

 

What are your top five? This was SO hard, especially rating the songs. I’m sure it’s bound to change but right now, I cannot stop listening to The Man. It’s my favorite song as of right now. Also, I’M SORRY DBATC FANS. I love the song, I really do, but I love others way more right now.

 

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Feminist Friday | Taylor Swift’s “Lover”

I know this post isn’t about books but I’ve been anticipating this album since she announced new music. I’ve loved every single she’s put out so far (ME!, You Need to Calm Down, the Archer, and Lover) so I had no doubt in my mind that this album was going to blow me away.

I debated staying up until midnight to listen to this album but of course, it’s released on a day that I have to work. I decided I would just go to sleep and wake up earlier than usual to hear the full album before work. I listened to it the entire time I was getting ready for work and I am so HAPPY for Taylor. This album is absolutely gorgeous. Here’s some of my favorite songs as of right now:

  • Soon You’ll Get Better ft. The Dixie Chicks
  • The Man
  • False God
  • Lover

“Soon You’ll Get Better” is a beautiful song but it’s so sad. This song is about her mother who’s going through cancer again and knowing this and listening to the song makes it so much more emotional.

“The Man” is one of the reasons I wanted to write this and post it today on Feminist Friday. This is 100% a feminist BOP and it’s so true. She basically writes about how her life would be different if she were a man. Here’s some of the lyrics:

  • “I’m so sick of running as fast as I can
    Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man
    And I’m so sick of them coming at me again
    ‘Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man”
  • “When everyone believes ya
    What’s that like?”
  • “They’d say I played the field before I found someone to commit to
    And that would be okay for me to do”
  • “If I was out flashing my dollars
    I’d be a bitch, not a baller”

Since I’m pretty sure this is her upcoming single, I can’t wait to see the music video that comes along with it. I’m so glad Taylor is speaking out about things like this. Her voice has such an impact and I can’t wait to see the rest of the Lover era. I’m praying that she announces the tour and the tickets go on sale in a month or two so I can save up before then. I’ve been a fan of Taylor since I was a little girl and here I am as an adult. Here’s to the Lover era!

If you haven’t listened to Lover yet, here’s some places where you can listen online! I have the second deluxe edition from Target. You can order these online or in store.

 

What’s your favorite song off this album?

 

the Reading Rush | Instagram Challenge Day 2

Since I really tried with this challenge, I’d thought I’d share with you the photo, why I chose this book and how I took it!

Here’s the challenge:

Challenge Day 2: Take a photo of an outfit inspired by a book cover! // Photo by @arianddante! // To enter use the hashtag #rrbookoutfit in your caption! // The prize is open internationally and is the August @owlcrate “Storms & Seas” box, which includes a new signed YA book and bookish goodies! // You have 23 hours to enter and we will announce the winner right before midnight!

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Once I heard Laur was chosen for an Instagram challenge, I knew I was going to do it. One of my favorite covers this year is Christine’s book, Again, But Better. I really love the outfit of Shane on this cover and it’s definitely something I’d wear. When I woke up and saw the challenge, I knew exactly what book outfit I’d want to re-create. I mean, come on. I already had an outfit EXTREMELY similar so I decided to go out and take a photo. Mind you, I live in Florida and it was about 90 degrees outside. I had my boyfriend and my mom record videos of me walking back and forth, holding my bag and the book in the correct hands.

It was going to rain soon after this photo was taken so I had to wake up and just take the photo. I had several different edits chosen but I thought this one looked the best.

The editing process wasn’t really that hard. I just added the Again, But Better cover over my photo. Since our outfits are incredibly similar, it almost blends in. I’m quite proud of this photo because I tried really hard to get it to match. My Instagram theme is an entire mess right now but let’s not talk about it. At least my challenge photos are doing well and I’m proud of them!

Are you participating in the Reading Rush challenges? Let me know!

 

Movies I’ve Watched Recently

So, I might’ve gotten back into watching films whenever I’m bored instead of re-watching old TV favorites like Friends or Greys Anatomy. I have a profound love for indie movies or independent films. I don’t know why — a lot of them tend to be just okay but some of them become my favorites. I have a list of nostalgic movies and some of my favorite indie films are on there! Without further ado, here’s a list of the movies I’ve watched recently.

Quick Disclaimer: I’m not a movie expert or anything. I’m just sharing with you stuff I’ve watched recently. I’m not also fully reviewing these movies. Just giving you what comes to mind whenever I think of it!

 

  • Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Image result for always be my maybe “Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Production company: Good Universe
Screenplay: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michael Golamco
Producers: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Nathan Kahane

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: five stars ★★★★★ out of five stars ★★★★★

I’m not really a big fan of romantic comedies. However, I noticed a bunch of people talking about this movie (mainly Jenny Han) and it’s on Netflix so I decided to watch it. It’s also an all Asian cast so HELLO Asian excellence. I loved seeing a strong, independent female lead. While it is a romantic comedy, the main character is still a full character. She’s not nothing without the love interest and I loved that. I also loved the friendship in this movie too. Overall, this movie was insanely adorable, hilarious and sentimental. I totally cried at the end and would recommend it to others!

 

  • the Edge of Seventeen (2016)

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“Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until an unexpected friendship with a thoughtful teen (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Production company: STX Entertainment
Screenplay: Kelly Fremon Craig
Producers: James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: four stars ★★★★ out of five stars ★★★★★

I’ve seen this movie on every coming-of-age recommendation lists so I decided to finally watch it even though I heard it’s pretty “cringe.” I didn’t think it was horrible but it was incredibly emotional. I liked it but didn’t love it like everyone else seems to!

 

  • Then Came You (2019)

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Watch the trailer here.

Director: Peter Hutchings
Production company: Voltage Pictures
Screenplay: Fergal Rock
Producers: Nicolas Chartier, Alissa Phillips, Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, Derrick Tseng, Brian Keady

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: 3 ★★★½ out of five stars ★★★★★

 

I wanted to hate this movie because it’s literally a cancer romance movie mixed with a manic pixie dream girl but I didn’t. I didn’t hate it because the actors in this movie are too good. I love Asa Butterfield so I decided to watch it on a whim. Maisie Williams plays the lead female character who has cancer and finds out she only has very little time to live. It’s weird seeing her playing this type of character but I think she still did a great job. I can confirm this movie isn’t for everyone but I still found it enjoyable and definitely cried at the end. It must be too easy to make me cry during films now, eh?

 

  • Rocketman (2019)

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An epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Production company: Paramount 
Screenplay: Fergal Rock
Producers: Elton John, David Furnish, Matthew Vaughan, etc.

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: 4 ★★★★ out of five stars ★★★★★

 

My boyfriend and I went to see this in theaters recently and it was an insanely good movie! I didn’t know much about Elton John before but I’ve been listening to all his music after seeing this movie. I think Taron Egerton did an AMAZING job as Elton John and he looks so much like him when he was younger. I feel like it was kind of all over the place but it was still so much fun to watch. Also, I’ve heard people not watching this movie because it’s rated R and Elton John is gay but I’m telling you now, this movie isn’t as “vulgar” as everyone seems to be saying. I think they’re just saying that because they’re not used to seeing gay couples on screen. Anyways, great movie!

 

  • Miss Stevens (2016)

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A high school English teacher (Lily Rabe) becomes a weekend chaperone for three students (Timothée Chalamet, Lili Reinhart) at a drama competition.

Watch the trailer here.

Director: Julia Hart
Production company:Gilbert Films, Big Beach
Screenplay: Julia Hart, Justin Horowitz

Watch it on Netflix.

My rating: 3 ★★★½ out of five stars ★★★★★

 

 

 

What movies have you watched recently?

 

 

I Drove to Atlanta and Visited Two Bookstores

So, I recently drove to Atlanta to see the 1975 in concert. It was one of the best concert experiences of my life but I had an extra few hours to go do something in Atlanta so automatically, I looked up bookstores in Atlanta. I found two next to each other that I really wanted to go to so I went!

First, I visited Charis Books & More (A Feminist Bookstore)! It’s set up in a little, cozy home in Decatur.

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This is literally my dream bookstore. All I read is books on feminism, feminist lit, etc. I also read a lot of social science books which is what most of their books would be categorized under. They had a bunch of cute knick knacks too and I wish I could’ve gotten some but I felt rushed by my dad so I just got the book I was originally looking for. I ended up getting the Stonewall Reader edited by the New York Public Library. I truly wish I could’ve spent more time in this bookstore and more money but I was already kind of late to check in at the hotel so I had to leave.

After that, I decided to drive to Half Priced Books down the street. It wasn’t very far from this bookstore so why not. I also have always heard bookstagrammers/booktubers going to Half Priced Books and finding insanely good deals so I finally decided to visit. I wasn’t entirely impressed at the organization but it was probably just random customers faults. (There was just a lot of randomly misplaced books). I was looking for a very different titles that are fairly new so I’m not surprised I didn’t find them. I ended up getting Vox by Christina Dalcher because It’s on my TBR for this year. Hopefully, I’ll get around to it!

And of course, after visiting both these bookstores, I saw the 1975 live. I’ve gone to a few concerts in my lifetime. I’d say about seven shows maybe? I’ve never been to an amphitheater show, though. This was at the Chastain Park amphitheater in Atlanta and wow, it was beautiful. It was so hot but It’s okay because my makeup melted off during the continuous hours of dancing. I have never felt more myself than I did at this concert and I’m so happy I randomly spent the money and decided to go. The 1975 have such great stage presence and I love Matty so much that seeing him in person just felt special. If he just sat there and talked, I wouldn’t even mind.

My favorites songs that they performed were probably

  • You
  • I Like America & America Likes Me
  • I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)
  • Love It If We Made It

I’m not kidding, I freaked out when they decided to do encore and start off with Love It If We Made It. It’s my favorite song of the new album and it means so much to me for so many different reasons. I feel so lucky to have seen them live and I hope everyone else who listens to them someday gets the chance to as well.

I’m definitely going to buy tickets to their next tour because I’ve never danced at a concert like that. I didn’t even care about embarrassing myself or anything. It was so, so great.

 

 

Feminist Friday ↠ Feminist Non-Fiction by POC Authors

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Intersectional feminism is the only feminism we allow here! It’s time to open a book written by someone who isn’t male, straight, or white for a change. Many of my favorite (literally all of them) feminist books are written by POC women. These women not only write about their struggles as a woman but being both black and a woman. While I’m pretty sure some of these authors identify as LGBT+ as well, I’m not quite sure so I don’t want to mislabel anyone’s sexuality. But for now, enjoy this list of some of my favorite and anticipated feminist books by POC!

1. This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

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From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans.”

I actually have a review of this book on my blog here.

 

2. Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era edited by Dionne Espinoza, Maria Eugenia Cotera, Maylei Blackwell

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“With contributions from a wide array of scholars and activists, including leading Chicana feminists from the period, this groundbreaking anthology is the first collection of scholarly essays and testimonios that focuses on Chicana organizing, activism, and leadership in the movement years. The essays in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activisim and Feminism in the Movement Era demonstrate how Chicanas enacted a new kind of politica at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and developed innovative concepts, tactics, and methodologies that in turn generated new theories, art forms, organizational spaces, and strategies of alliance.

These are the technologies of resistance documented in Chicana Movidas, a volume that brings together critical biographies of Chicana activists and their bodies of work; essays that focus on understudied organizations, mobilizations, regions, and subjects; examinations of emergent Chicana archives and the politics of collection; and scholarly approaches that challenge the temporal, political, heteronormative, and spatial limits of established Chicano movement narratives. Charting the rise of a field of knowledge that crosses the boundaries of Chicano studies, feminist theory, and queer theory, Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activisim and Feminism in the Movement Era offers a transgenerational perspective on the intellectual and political legacies of early Chicana feminism.”

 

3. How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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The Combahee River Collective, a group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the anti-racist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.”

 

 

 

 

4. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

17851885.jpg “I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.”

 

5. Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China by Leta Hong Fincher

37861785“How the Feminist Five and the rise of China’s feminist movement threatens China’s authoritarian government

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37 days. The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf, and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. But the Feminist Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of civil rights lawyers, labor activists, performance artists and online warriors that is prompting an unprecedented awakening among China’s urban, educated women. In Betraying Big Brother, journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher argues that the popular, broad-based movement poses the greatest threat to China’s authoritarian regime today.

Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates both the challenges they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as Wei Tingting—one of the Feminist Five—wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Tracing the rise of a new feminist consciousness through online campaigns resembling #MeToo, and describing how the Communist regime has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles, Betraying Big Brother is a story of how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.”

6. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks

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“Acclaimed cultural critic bell hooks offers an open-hearted and welcoming vision of gender, sexuality, and society in this inspiring and accessible volume. In engaging and provocative style, bell hooks introduces a popular theory of feminism rooted in common sense and the wisdom of experience. Hers is a vision of a beloved community that appeals to all those committed to equality, mutual respect, and justice. hooks applies her critical analysis to the most contentious and challenging issues facing feminists today, including reproductive rights, violence, race, class, and work. With her customary insight and unsparing honesty, hooks calls for a feminism free from barriers but rich with rigorous debate. In language both eye-opening and optimistic, hooks encourages us to demand alternatives to patriarchal, racist, and homophobic culture, and to imagine a different future.”

 

 

 

 

 

Slam Poetry Recommendations

Good afternoon everyone! Last night, I found myself in the deep hole of slam poetry on Youtube and decided to share with you some of my favorites. If you don’t know what slam poetry is, it’s just poetry that’s written to be performed/spoken. They are usually performed at poetry slams which are events dedicated to people performing their poetry.

If you want my full playlist on Youtube, just click here.

 

 

Do you find yourself listening to slam poetry? I love it so much and can’t wait to hear more. If you have any good recs, let me know!

Books to Read After Watching the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

This is an archived post from my old blog that has now been deleted. So, if you’ve seen it before, that’s why! Enjoy. 🙂

 

I recently watched all of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and I’m totally obsessed. I’d read the comics when I was younger because I’m a giant Archie fan but I never knew they were going to recreate Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a non-cheesy, terrifying way. Immediately after watching, I found myself wanting to indulge in more stories about witches. Of course, I’ve made an entire list of the books that include witches and more!

 

  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?”

  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.”

  • Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft 

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored. “

  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.”

  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living. 

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.”

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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.”

  • How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller 
  • The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

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