Saturday, June 4, 2016

#RW Update 3 and May Report Card

I am reading…
Ash by Malinda Lo
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
La Casa de Los Espíritus by Isabel Allende
11/30 books finished

Flickr Credit: Brent Leimenstoll
What is life without grades? Meaningless, hahahahahaha. Just kidding. But, because it is now June, it is time for a status update regarding my #ReadWomen summer and a few of my favorite reads.

1. Read 30 books by women—11/30 complete! So far, so good.
2. Read ONLY books by women.—also so far so good. Although Buzzfeed is a different story.
3. Read 2 plays—0/2 complete. Note to self: find some plays.
4. Read 3 autobiographies—3/3 maybe? I need to research the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. But I’ve read some memoirs.
5. Read 1 graphic novel—0/1 complete. Not yet. Must find.
6. Read 1 book of poetry—2/1 complete. But they were like novel-ish-things told through poetry. Which counts.
7. Read 1 book in another language—0/1 complete. I am ALMOST done with Allende’s novel. I will be done by the end of next week!
8. Listen to 2 books on audiobook (preferably #ownvoices)—0/2 complete. Gotta find something to read. Gotta.
9. Read 15 diverse books—7/15 complete. I’m ahead of schedule, here.
10. Read at least 10 new books (that is, books I haven’t read before)—9/10 complete. WHICH IS IMPRESSIVE. I hate reading new things! But I have read them. Go me.
11. Read 10 eBooks—2/10 complete. Yeah. Still need to work on this one.
12. Read 10 books from the TBR list—4/10 complete. Right on track, for now. Plenty of room for random books, too.
13. Review at least 5 of these books on Goodreads—1/5 complete. The problem is that I only feel compelled to review if I dislike a book and no one else has disliked it. So, we’ll see how that goes.

Overall, I think my goals are right on track. BUT, you ask, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING? Let me tell you.

via Amazon
Best book this month? It is a tie between Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar or else The Color Purple by Alice Walker. They’re very different, but they are both so powerful I must adore them.

Worst book this month? Elsie's Life Lessons: Walking in the Fruit of the Spirit by Elizabeth DeBeasi. It suggested that resisting abusive behavior is unchristian. Also standing up for yourself. Which is bad.

Book that got you out of your comfort zone? The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. Big picture, this is a woman’s account of building a family with her gender fluid partner. But the hard part is that she often brings up academic ideas (she works at a university) and it was difficult to process everything she was getting at in one go.

Most surprising book this month? The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan delighted me—I don’t read too much MG anymore. Even though it’s MG-level, it deals with really profound ideas like diversity, food deserts, and death.

Most disappointing book this month? Dear Ellen Bee by Mary E. Lyons and Muriel M. Branch. I liked it as a kid, but I felt like it emphasized the “white savior” trope by making you feel like the freed slave girl was always in the wrong compared to her white ex-owner.

Book from this month you’d recommend to anybody? Probably The Host by Stephenie Meyer. It’s an adult novel with a YA feel since there is not adult content in there. I can’t say that for most of the other books I read this month.

It was a good reading month, I’ll say!

Your turn, mortals! What was your favorite book you read this book? And what book surprised you?


  1. Oh my gosh, is that Elsie Dinsmore? Those books are just TERRIBLE. Me and my sisters used to check out copies from the library just to make fun of them. They would be a so-bad-it's-good kind of thing if it weren't for the fact that some people actually take them seriously. And apparently the modern versions are a bit edited down from the originals, which were even worse.

    1. XDD Well, I used to love them as a kid, but yeah, looking back, they were not as god as I thought they were. I actually ran into one of the originals, though, and it had a list of the books—there were like, 27 Elsie books! No wonder they needed editing...

  2. Wow good for you! It's great to have summer reading goals. My goal is a loose one to read books by YouTubers and review them. I'm currently working on a book of short stories by Alice Munro.

    Hope you get through your challenge!

    1. Ah, yes, I've been seeing your reviews! So far, none have really caught my eye, but I think that's definitely an interesting type of book to share with us.

      Thanks, Sunny!

  3. Here's a graphic novel/memoir/autobiography suggestion (although I guess that means it's not a novel?) : Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. It's about growing up in Iran when it was really unstable (meaning I can't remember the dates) and then leaving it and growing up and other stuff. And I really need to read the host! Definitely *nods* Also you are making me want to read The Bell Jar and I am glad we agree about The Color Purple. *tells self to go bake* Side note- I was watching Disney movies and I noticed most failed the Bechedel test, even Beauty and The Beast, which I thought was generally quite empowering. Anyway :)

    1. Oooh, that sounds interesting! Thanks! Even if it turns out my goal for that section is already met, it definitely sounds worth my while. :)

      The Host and The Bell Jar are both good, yes. READ THEM, READ THEM, YOU WILL SEE! And yay! Color Purple admirers!

      And yes, that's one of the disappointing parts of Disney movies, alas. Although, I do think I've written about how Beauty and the Beast is not super empowering on here before. XD Stockholm and all that.

  4. Ahhh! I want to read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings this summer!

    1. I finished that just this week! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!


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