Category Archives: Reading

2017 – Year for Feminism

Immersion in feminism in 2017

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I’m probably not the only one feeling like 2017 is the year to re-embrace feminism. Not that I’ve ever abandoned it, but I haven’t been actively reading and immersing myself in feminist culture probably since I was a teenager. But with the political situation in the USA, it feels like the right time to¬†engage again with this material and question even further the world around me.

I’ve put together a reading list to get me started. Maybe listening (music and podcasts) and watching (films, tv shows and speeches) lists will follow but that’ll take a bit more research and it looks like I’ll be busy reading for awhile!

Feminist Reading List

This is a personal list of what I want to read (or reread) and I am sure there are more extensive and more focused lists out there. This list is just a a mix, in no particular order, of fiction and non-fiction that I am going to try to read in the next 11 months (quite a challenge seeing as in the past 5 years of motherhood I’ve probably only managed to get through a handful of books).

Over the past year there have been so many books added to my reading lists… here are just a few of the places where the books on this list came from:

What would be on your list?

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter

The trouble with the book is I talked to people about it. I really should have read to first. Everyone had an opinion. Some defensive, some belittling, some curious.

Overall, it was a fun read. I struggled a bit with the “research” as much of what she references is personal experience or hearsay. But my biggest beef is the lack of ideas of what to do about this problem. Every chapter seems to end with what can be summed up as: that sucks, but what can we do?

That said, I enjoyed it for what it was: an affirmation of my concerns about raising my girls in this world where their choice of favourite colours are pink, pink, or shades of pink.

Review: One to Ten and Back Again

I love it when our local library rhyme-time introduces me to a book I’m not familiar with. Especially a fun one like One to Ten and Back Again by Sue Heap and Nick Sharratt.

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Not just a simple counting book, it is really a lovely story looking at the friendship between a boy and girl. My almost 2 year old loved it, especially reviewing all the things we counted on the last page.

I’m familiar with Nick Sharratt from Shark in the Park and the illustrations here are done in the same fun simple style.

I’m not immediately adding this one to my collection but we’ll definitely borrowed it from the library now and then.

Attention to detail

I hate it when I don’t pay attention and order a US edition of a book that has different words than I’m used to.

I’d borrowed A Bit Lost from the library recently and both C and I enjoyed it so I figured I’d buy a copy. For whatever reason, the hardback edition was only available under the title Little Owl Lost which should have been a give away that it wasn’t the UK edition. But I didn’t think about the wording changes! Now it’s nothing major (Mommy instead of Mummy and cookie instead of biscuit) but it still irks me.

Of course, irony is that it doesn’t bother me because it uses US English, since I have plenty of books like this, but rather it bothers me because it is different than the edition I am familiar with. I had the same thing happen with Charles Fuge’s I Know a Rhino, except in that case I prefer the US English because that’s the version I read first.

So, lesson learned? Apparently I neither pay attention to detail nor adapt well to change. At least when it comes to picture books. Sigh.

Review: Knuffle Bunny Series by Mo Willems

It was a few years ago when I read my first Knuffle bunny book, and I didn’t get it at the time. But I didn’t have kids yet either.

Last year we got the first Knuffle Bunny book for C (then 16 months) and we’ve all been huge fans of it since. The premise is simple, the illustrations a brilliant combination of photographs and cartoon drawing, and the message was bang on for her age. A child’s beloved toy is lost and she is unable to communicate what is wrong, causing frustration both for her and her parent. Anyone with a preverbal toddler knows that frustration!

Since we loved the first so much I thought I’d get Knuffle Bunny Too and Free to have on the shelves for when the girls are ready.

Knuffle Bunny Too follows a similar storyline to the first, just for a slightly older audience. I think this could be pulled off the shelf and enjoyed right away. C does like series of books so I’m sure she’ll appreciate the follow up to the first book.

Knuffle Bunny Free made me cry. The girl in the story has grown up so much and I can’t help but think about how quickly my own are growing up. My girls are still far to young to appreciate what is happening in this story so it’ll stay shelved for a few years yet. But I may sneak it down every now and then simply to enjoy the poignant end to the Knuffle Bunny trilogy myself. Although the girl featured in this book is older, I think this book will be good for around age 5. When starting school and needing to learn about leaving your baby toys behind and growing up.

Overall, each one of these stories can stand on their own but as a set they are brilliant and I’d recommend to anyone whose child has a prized toy/possession that they’d be lost without.

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Summer reading

I’ve been inhaling books this summer now that my MLIS is done. Check out my GoodReads account to see what I’ve been reading: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1205924

Maybe I should be a reference librarian at a botanical garden…

… cause I jumped at the opportunity to look this one up. (Although it was mostly memory that found this one)

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That combination of gardening and librarianship will get me obsessing every time.