Hey y’all! I’ve been doing poorly at keeping up with my book-buying-ban-type-thing. So many books. Oh well. I also wanted to participate in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon but I had to work and then had previous plans! If you participated this go-round, let me know how it went for you!
This past week I was lucky enough to find a copy of The Raven King on the shelf early! Because of this, I obviously had to put whatever I’d been reading aside so I could dive into the final instalment of the Raven Cycle. It did not disappoint (for the most part). I can’t wait to see what the rest of the fans at large think! Especially of the ending. I think I will be doing a series review in the near future!
After I finished devouring that, I went back to what I had been reading before—Asking For It by Kate Harding. I basically devoured that one, too. I haven’t read a lot of feminist non-fiction, or sexual assault themed non-fiction. Basically, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. Anyway, I found this one highly enjoyable—insofar as learning things is enjoyable. Not a lot of the things discussed were, in themselves, enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it as a starting point for educating yourself about rape culture.
This month of reading books around the theme of sexual assault for Sexual Assault Awareness Month has made me want to read more non-fiction about feminism and feminist issues. I’ve picked up copies of Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti, Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, and Living Dolls by Natasha Walter. I’ve also put a few titles on hold at my library: Take it As a Compliment by Maria Stoian, Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti, Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution by Laurie Penny, and Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti.
Have you read any of these? Do you have any other recommendations? What have you been reading lately?
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.