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The Beauty Myth (1991) by Naomi Wolf

  • There are some things that are outdated, and apparently incorrect.

  • There's still a lot of good points made though.

  • Germaine Greer said it was "the most important feminist publication since The Female Eunuch". She wrote The Female Eunuch.Usually I'm all for women being vain, but Greer is a transmysoginist, so screw it.

A Wrinkle in Time (1962) by Madeleine L'Engle

  • I wasn't in love with it, but it's really good and creative

  • And creepy sometimes, the Happiest Sadist, augh!

Re-Read: Big Night Out (2002) by various people. My review here.
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Book of short stories: A 1995 edition of Vladimir Nabokov shorts, here are my faves:

  • Russian Spoke Here

  • Wingstroke

  • Revenge

  • Details of a Sunset

  • La Veneziana

  • The Dragon

  • The Visit to the Museum

  • Scenes from the Life of a Double Monster

  • The Vane Sisters


I didn't retain much of "Solus Rex", but it had a very WTF moment. My review.

Not part of the challenge: Blood and Chocolate (1997) by Annette Curtis Klause. It was very good. Vivian is a well written character. The movie adaptation was bleh. I though it was a bit strange that Vivian knew about Oingo Boingo, but she was all "a song by a man named Sting" like she's never heard of Sting. My review.
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Published this year: Family Trees (2015) by Kerstin March. Won from Goodreads. It was okay.

Mystery/Thriller: The Pond (1990) by Simon Lawrence. Okay trash book.

Play: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962) by Edward Albee. I've love the movie, but this must be something else to see on stage.

Book With Magic: Galadria: Peter Huddleston and the Rites of Passage (2011 or 2014, I dunno) by Miguel Lopez de Leon. Won. Was cute.

Debut of a popular author: Casino Royale (1952) by Ian Fleming. Bleh. Mostly I liked the food parts and when Bond is tortured. My copy smelled like vanilla.


The rest are not a part of the challenge:

Dark Times (2001) by Christopher Golden. I liked it. Buffy's escape was pretty badass.

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor. Creepy. Also, it was a recording of her reading it.

"We Can Get Then For You Wholesale" by Neil Gaiman. Creepy in a cute way.
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Shorts by Vladimir Nabokov

  • I now realize that the angel was probably furry because Nabokov was really into moths and butterflies. This is a good article.

  • Here's a funny one about "Russian Spoken Here"

  • "Revenge" was trippy


Books set in a different country: The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini

  • I am going to change this to "book set in a non-western country". It will also exclude books set in Japan and India, because I can find them easily. I'll try to keep them set in countries that I have never read about. This one is mostly set in Afghanistan, some in Pakistan and the US. Was really good.

  • "How seemless seemed love and then came trouble"


Party Princess (2006) by Meg Cabot (not finished)

  • I guess I read the first book and liked it enough to buy three other from the series. I kind of wish I hadn't. So I'm reading them so I can donate them.

  • Mike and Mia dating is kind of creepy. I hope she doesn't stay with him for the whole series.

  • At least she's not complaining about her flat chest anymore.

  • What's up with her hatred for scented candles though?

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  1. Gilbert Gottfried reads 50 Shades of Grey, omg

  2. The Yellow Wallpaper, also listened to it on Librivox

  3. Johnny Cash - Chicken in Black

  4. Have to see some more Bollywood movies. Like Dil Se.

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I won this book on goodreads. Here are some thoughts on each short story:

  1. "Rocketships of Brass" by Chris Raven. I guess it was okay, but it seemed kind of abrupt. I think he's planning on making it into a novel or something. It seemed like some short sci-fi stories that were in this anthology from the 90's that I read once. Whatever at that sentence.

  2. Various stories by AL Butcher: "House of Treasure" and "The Secret Kitchen" reminded me of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales. Her poems are okay, I dunno.

  3. "The App" by Adam Bigden. I was going to say this was my favourite, but I'm not sure now.

  4. "Sparks" by Donny Swords. I didn't retain anything I read*. Of course this dude has the biggest bio of the writers.

  5. "Dino's Papers" by Alan Hardy. Maybe this one is my favourite. It's quite funny.

  6. "A Hard Days Night"  by Ray Foster. I also liked this one a bit, good twist.


As for the book itself, the formatting could have used more editing. But it was free so whatevs.

* maybe I'm just not into this type of sci-fi, I don't know how I'm going to write a proper review on Goodreads.
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The Handmaids Tale:

  1. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

  2. Conjealed oyster spit

  3. I really like this book


Fifty Shades Darker:

  1. OMG, it pisses me off so much that he bought the company she works for.

  2. Maybe I'm not into erotica. I don't need a sex scene in every single chapter. I want them to deal with their shit!

  3. "I will not be sidetracked by sex" - Yeah, whatever Ana.

  4. I am "annotating" my copy with things like "UGH OH MY GODDDDDDDDD"

  5. The use of "subconcious" is back, so are elongated nipples.

  6. Carrick?

  7. I miss Kate.

I get the Persephone Biannually. I would love to have some of the books, but couldn't afford it. I do have The Home-Maker, but not one of their copies. This edition has a short story called "Mrs. Miller" by Karin Hellstedt. It's about a mental institution and was first published in 1952. About a decade later, Karin went to her own mental institution and died there in the 80's. She was known as the queen of the ward.
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This and this reminded me of a short story I once read. It was about a woman who lost her son to cancer and her marriage became strained. She developed breast cancer and had to get both of her breasts removed. Her husband made her feel disgusting and they got a divorce. She was in the closet and only married the guy because her family coerced her to. So she became a sculptor and fell in love with a stripper. She had a phoenix tattooed to her chest. I wish I could remember the name of the story.

That second link has messages from women who felt less like women after surgery, because their husbands were freaked out by the scars. It's so sad.

This one reminded me of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. I liked it, but every female character had her boobs described. It was annoying.

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