Genre: Non-Fiction

The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

I’m a sucker for The Great Courses because when they’re good, they’re really good.  I absolutely loved the courses on Ancient Egypt and Myths in Human History, and I felt like I learned so much from those professors.  On the other hand, I found the course on The Vikings disappointingly dull.  This… sort of reflects my experience as a history major – some things are fascinating, others are a bit tedious, and it all depends on the professor.  Therefore, my experience with The Great Courses has been hit-or-miss. Unfortunately, I find that The Late Middle Ages was closer to a “miss” for […]

Posted September 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

I think I can safely say that You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is my favorite memoir to date.  Felicia Day is very accessible at all times, and this feels more like reading someone’s personal journals than a celebrity memoir.  For example, her name drops? Almost zero. I think these days, most people who know Felicia have watched Supernatural.  Her character, Charlie Bradbury, is very popular on the show.  I will fully and happily admit that I’m a fan myself.  But I was aware of Felicia Day long before she appeared as Charlie.  I am familiar with her largely because she was […]

Posted September 5, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger by Roxane Gay

I feel like rubbish when I don’t enjoy a book that everyone else loves. Okay.  So.  There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Hunger.  In fact, it’s a very raw, honest memoir about a topic that is so deeply personal.  The stories Roxane Gay shares are intense and difficult to read.  You’re not supposed to love this book, but you are supposed to respect and support it. I still didn’t like it.  And not in that “this makes me uncomfortable, so I dislike it” way.  It’s the writing style.  Roxane Gay tells her stories in such a way that unapologetically calls out the types […]

Posted August 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Okay okay.  To dispel the elephant in the room first thing – I don’t necessarily agree with everything Caitlin Moran says.  Also, I think that labeling this as a “feminist manifesto” does both a great disservice to the book as a memoir, and to feminism.  Caitlin Moran is a feminist.  But this is a memoir filled with personal opinions and anecdotes.  It’s not her telling people how to be a feminist, at least not in my opinion.  It’s more like… her outlining her life using feminist themes to organize her life stories and personal opinions. While I’m not sure if Caitlin Moran […]

Posted August 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

I’ve been meaning to re-read this book for an age, so thank you to the Reading Rush for getting me kickstarted on that. I particularly appreciate Girl, Interrupted because it’s a book that speaks to me.  I remember reading it years ago and my initial impressions were 1.) this is nothing like the movie; and 2.) it was one of the first books I’d ever read where I felt like the author heard my experience.  And honestly, that’s a bit snobbish because I haven’t gone through anything like Susanna Kaysen went through.  I was definitely never institutionalized.  But I discovered Girl, Interrupted […]

Posted August 2, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

I think it’s important to know about the people who are trying to change the world for the better. I’l confess that I became aware of RBG around the time of the 2008 campaigns and I am (always have been) woefully disconnected from politics.  I was raised fiercely Republican and Ruth Bader Ginsberg was not exactly a household name for my parents.  Saying the name “Bill Clinton” was akin to dropping an f-bomb in my house, so you can imagine my family wasn’t crazy about his Supreme Court nominees, either. If you’re read my blog, you can probably surmise that […]

Posted July 16, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //