“Well, did you find Diana a kindred spirit?”
“Well, did you find Diana a kindred spirit?”
“You cannot easily fit women into a structure that is already coded as male; you have to change the structure. That means thinking about power differently.”
“Women and Power” by Mary Beard
My gf had this sitting in her car for like forever, and I picked it up on a Sonic run and was hooked by the first few sentences. Beard does a good job connecting the misogynistic abuse levelled at women with wider traditions of female interaction with the public sphere. I also don’t know much about women in classic Greek/Roman lit, so I liked learning more about that. But her examples of modern women in power are Bad because they’re mostly establishment white women who I have a hard time feeling much sympathy for (Margaret Thatcher was “set up to fail” ?? Bitch, I will kill you). She mentions BLM being founded by black women briefly, near the end, but the whole thing oversimplifies Girl Power to me, which I have very little patience for. Her final few sentences on changing how we think about power seem rather flat and insubstantiated in the light of her previous examples as well. It is a manifesto based on a couple of lectures, not a full scholarly analysis that is intended to do justice to the complexities of women and power …. but still. I was really looking forward to this read, and I’m quite sad it disappointed me like it did.
A Jane Austen Education
The Way of Kings
The Last Magician & The Devil’s Thief
The Blood Spell
This is an ambitious month for me, but I feel excited about it! Especially excited for Brandon Sanderson - he’s just so good.
Finished ‘The Girl With The Louding Voice’ and absolutely enjoyed reading it with how the main character continued to get through where she wanted to be, even though there was horrible people who continued to put her down. My next read is ‘The Forgotten Guide To Happiness’ by Sophie Jenkins, so will just chill and read this. :)
“Y así fue cómo los planes más perfectos de Sherlock Holmes se vieron derrotados por el ingenio de una mujer. Él solía hacer bromas acerca de la inteligencia de las mujeres, pero últimamente no le he oído hacerlo. Y cuando habla de Irene Adler o menciona su fotografía, es siempre con el honroso título de LA MUJER”.
Las aventura de Sherlock Holmes, edición ilustrada por Fernando Vicente.
I decided to introduce myself with 4 of my all time favourite books.
My name is Bunny, I’m 20 and I’m a soon to be student of English Literature and Drama.
I really love queer literature. I like Tennessee Williams. I like hand embroidery, which I have a project going at @proud-words for that. I like contemporary the best, but I also have a soft spot for historical fiction
I think I’m obsessed…
Blue & Gold
My favourite reading spot felt particularly cozy and lovely today ✨🌿
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” -Angie Thomas, ‘The Hate U Give’
Today is Super Stack Sunday 📚 This Super Stack is all about thought-provoking books. You know, the ones that make you think about life, about perspective, about justice. The ones that grip you and don’t let go. The ones that dig deep and open important conversations that need to be had. The ones that leave you broken hearted, inspired, and enlightened. The ones that can make a change✨
📚What are your favorite thought-provoking books?
i’m going to make it.
currently reading — serpent & dove
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
I finished this book last week and I really enjoyed the adventure. I have such a soft spot for books about book lovers. Also, when I was reading it, day light was sneaking in through my blinds and I couldn’t help but snap this pic. You have to grab every moment you can, because you never know when the last one will come. 💜❤️📚
What was your favourite read of May? 🤔📖
I’ll probably be finished with the book tonight while I sorted out pyjamas as I want to have an early night. :)