This Broad’s Life – Literary Ladies suggestions

Jezebel just started a video series ‘in which Hillary Crosley Coker trails interesting and kick-ass women as they navigate this thing called life.’ The first guest was trans activist, author, and the all around awesome Janet Mock (fun fact: I walked in the SF Pride Parade last year and she was the Grand Marshal).

So I was thinking which bookish broads would I like to see interviewed. This list is just the beginning so blow up the comments section with others you’d like to see as well.

*Roxane Gay – It’s no secret that I love her. So a whole interview? Bring it on.
*Toni Morrison – This feels like a gimme. Of course Hillary should interview TMo.
*Mallory Ortberg- She’s hilarious and talented and does amazing commentary with classic paintings featuring the ladies.
*Kelley Sue DeConnick – Comics count too! KS is a freaking powerhouse and is making awesome things happen with comics like most recently Bitch Planet.
*G.Willow Wilson- We can’t leave her out. It’s not fucking allowed. Not only a great novel writer (Alif the Unseen) she also writes the Ms. Marvel comics.
*Jennifer Weiner – Genre always gets left out. JW is a champion for the ladies getting love in literary circles and not only writes some great books, but also has on point The Bachelor live tweeting skills .
*Seanan McGuire – I just love what this lady does. She just helped kickstart Queers Destroy Science Fiction and writes in a variety of genres.
*Jacqueline Woodson – Just won so many awards for Brown Girl Dreaming which might have changed my mind about poetry.

Who else would you add?

Starting slow

Just back from vacation in Italy and came to the realization that as much as I love my Tumblr, it’s just not doing all the bookish things I want it to. It’s great for pictures, but when I do posts it doesn’t seem to fit as well. I’ve decided to move here and then link the two. *Crosses fingers* It’ll be slow starting since I still have to figure this site out, but we’ll see how it goes.

 

 

For those unfamiliar with my Tumblr I’ve been keeping track of my books read this year in the form of a challenge. It started off as what I had dubbed “The Great 2014 backlist” challenge and has since just turned into “A Lot of Books I Want to Read.” I had divided up my 225 book goal into sub challenges like “read 36 of the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list” and “1 Pulitzer Prize winner a month” among others. That got old super fast. I did start the year strong and blew a chunk out of those numbers, but I burned out way before the halfway mark. I wasn’t not reading, I just couldn’t prescribe myself books. Just because something is award winning doesn’t mean I’m in the mood and I found out this year that I have zero interest in A LOT of the books on the 1001 List. So I reread a lot of my favorite urban fantasy series, discovered new to me backlist through Oyster and new books out this year. Basically reading whatever the fuck I want, as it should be.

I think I’ve done pretty well for myself, I’m at 146 out of 225. I lost a bit of time last week due to being on vacation in Rome/Florence, but plan to make up for it this week since I have a week without my kids and the husband will be at work. But I’m not going to push myself. I also have some gaming I want to do and napping will also be high on the itinerary.

My future plans involve catching up on my review copies. Some books have been out for awhile, but I got caught up and never got to them so maybe we’ll have a Week in Review. I also want to explore the short stories genre as it feels like I haven’t given them as much as a chance as I should. Thinking July will be the month of the short story. There are backlists of authors that I would like to explore, Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie for example. I fell in love with Half of a Yellow Sun this year and also have Americanah and Purple Hibiscus on standby. So I’m still keeping plans…just loosing up a bit.