June TBR

As you can tell the TBR shelf has been rotated out! Some are still there from last month, specifically the feminist/women’s study type books like Birth of the Pill and Flow. In my efforts to read a good chunk of my print books, I did a count of the books that appear to be “fun reads.” Ones that appear to have not a very complex plot or wording. You won’t find any classics here (I’m looking at you James Joyce) or immersive historicals like Bringing Up the Bodies. Sometimes you want to just roll with the plot or the characters and not decipher’s metaphors. I could be wrong on a few of these, but when I do a pull like this, I try to trust my gut. I’m often gleefully surprised.

Some of the titles I’m looking forward:

  • How to Start A Fire
  • Under a Painted Sky (not pictured)
  • Hammer Head
  • The Anchoress
  • Lexicon
  • Henna House
  • Kindred

I really need to make sure I get to my library books this time. I’ve been bad the last few times and just renewing them until I can’t anymore then having to return them unread, but that feels like a whole different topic for later.

Are there any books on your TBR you’re hoping to get to this month? Any suggestions on my shelf that I didn’t mention that you think I’d really enjoy?

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?