What Women’s Day Means to Me

Oh March, how much I love you. Spring starts showing up slowly, temperatures start to rise, the sun comes out more often and it’s time for Women’s Day. If you follow me on social media or know me in real life, you’ll not be shocked by my undying love for this special day. After all, I’m a proud intersectional feminist, so of course I’ll love a day dedicated to the fights for Feminism, both past and current.

In today’s post, I’d like to share with you what this date means to me and would love to hear your opinions on the matter.

By the way, this post will stray from my usual content: books. If you’d like to skip this one out, go ahead, I’ll be back posting about books soon.

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One (Book Review)

Title: the princess saves herself in this oneprincess

Author: Amanda Lovelace

Genre: Poetry collection

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: 14th February; published by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.

Synopsis – what’s it about?

 

The book is divided into four different parts: the princess; the damsel; the queen; & you. The poems included in the first three sections are an exploration of the author’s experience with several themes throughout her life so far, they range from bad break-ups to mother related issues. The final section is dedicated to the reader, a sort of quiet and assuring whisper to the ear by Amanda Lovelace herself.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One is being re-released, this time by Andrews McMeel Publishing, after the original version — which was self-published by the author — won Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry (2016).

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Black History Month in literature (TBR)

I don’t usually post monthly ‘to-be-read’ piles, but I want to make an exception for this month, as it is Black History Month (BHM). While I’ve never celebrated this themed month before — I was never aware that it existed in the United States — I figured that this year was a great time to start doing it through one of my favorite mediums, literature.

This month I’m going to be reading books written by black writers. Given that I’ve got a lot of books sitting on my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads by African or African-American authors, I think this is the best time to get to them. However, just as a disclaimer, I’d like to say that I do plan on reading African and African-American authors in the other months of the year instead of just in February.

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How time and place have affected my reading experiences

When I read I usually associate what I’m reading with the place I’m in. With music is the exact same thing, everytime I listen to Nina Simone I remember being in Paris because her songs were my go-to play set while I was there, for example.

Today I decided to share some of the books that, in my brain, are attached to a special location or time and what memories they bring out. Before I get to the actual post I just want to leave a little disclaimer that this is more of a dive into my memories than an actual book list. That said, here’s my list.

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Favorite Graphic Novels and Comics (Top Ten Tuesday)

A genre I tend to read very little of is graphic novels/comics. I don’t know why, they have a lot of things that draw me to them but I end up archiving them on my ‘to-be-read’ shelves and rarely end up reading them.

However, the ones that I have read I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Moreover, this year of 2017 has revealed to be the one in which I read more books in these two genres, in part thanks to NetGalley and some publishers for sending me digital review copies.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as per usual by The Broke and The Bookish, is dedicated to graphic novels and comics and I’m taking this chance to share which books I’ve read in the past and loved.

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