Tuesday, March 13, 2018

February Books

February was a good month for reading. This was partially due to more time spent on the bus :) taking my daughter back and forth to the SIFF Film Camp she was enrolled in during her Winter Break. That week I was probably reading a book a day, I think I ended up reading 12 or 13 books in the month in total. For transit reading I normally pick a non-fiction book which is more of an essay format. It needs to be engaging, thus not a dry academic read. The more academic reads I keep for home where there are fewer distractions.

I have just recently discovered the Fan Phenomena Series, check them out if you are interested in Pop Culture. Buffy The Vampire Slayer is the first I have read in these series and I enjoyed it immensely. We just recently watched the complete series in our household as a family. We even participated in a Buffy Trivia Night mid December so it was fun to read essays focusing on the series, they ran from academic to fandom based.

Andi Zeisler is an author/columnist I discovered recently who was pivotal in the creation of the magazine Bitch. I read We Were Feminists Once first which discusses through essays how the word feminist has developed and how it has become a marketing buzzword. In reading this book I also discovered her great interest in Pop Culture and that she had a published book on the subject, Feminism and Pop Culture. I enjoyed both books, neither was overly preachy and covered a nice range of topics.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce was a book recommended by the Book of the Month club. I worked at a small independent record store part time off an on for a while in my 20's so it piqued my interest. The main character is a man who can find the perfect match of music for each person who walks into his store at that point in their life. The music history that was interspersed throughout was an added bonus and I can see why it is getting compared to High Fidelity.

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey is the first book of a series with a supernatural aspect. It was fun and I will probably pick up the next one at the library at some point to read.  Sherman Alexie is an author that I have come across numerous time at local bookstores so I finally decided to read Fight. He is a local Pacific Northwest author and writes about being Native American. One of the things I enjoyed in this novel was its setting of Seattle.

The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller is the first novel from this author and hopefully more are in the works. The Power by Naomi Alderman is a science fiction book I picked up at Ada's Technical Books & Cafe. Both these books are about alternate realities where females are in power. Both are very well written and cover the topic of "What if girls ruled the world". They can be read for pure enjoyment but be warned they may start you thinking about politics, sociology and philosophy.

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