#ReadWomen December

Greetings, everyone! So, I’ve decided to take part in #ReadWomen December. This is something I just found out about today, and am very excited about. The gist is that for a month, readers have decided to deck out their reading lists with female authors – some choosing to read female authors only for December, others vowing to include more women writers than they usually read. For more information, the twitter hashtag has been a great resource for me.

So in honor of celebrating women’s voices, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books by female authors, as well as a few books on my own #ReadWomen reading list.

Recommendations:

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls

My Reading List:

  • Fun Home by Alison Bedchel
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (a reread)
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Blondes by Emily Schultz

Are you taking part in #ReadWomen December? What are you reading?

Books for ComicCon

…or just wishing you were there.

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Yes, that time of year again. When I’m glued to my computer and watching every livestream/interview session/news coverage of San Diego available. The nerds have taken over the city. And despite not being at Comic-Con myself, and not really wanting to brave that madness anyway, I can still revel in the amazing nature of fandom. Here are some of my SDCC-related picks:

Of course, if you’ve been following my blog for long, you’ll know that I love the Whedonverse (or as it was originally called, the “Jossverse”). If I absolutely had to pick one type of book that I enjoy reading the most, it would be books of essays about Joss Whedon projects. So here are two among many that I love:

Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion
Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion
Reading Joss Whedon
Reading Joss Whedon

Next, a (new) book about fandom that blew my mind. Note: there are a lot of Whedon examples in this one, but it does talk about other things, like for instance the recent tragic death of Cory Monteith and its affect on glee and its fandom. This book addresses the question that has created anxiety among fans for years – what happens to a fandom after its show is cancelled?

Post-Object Fandom
Post-Object Fandom

And now, a book that absolutely rocked my world. A book about fanfiction, textual poaching, reading against the grain, and the future of fandom. Featuring an absolutely inspiring concluding essay written by the wonderful Amber Benson (of Buffy fame, actress-turned-author) herself:

fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World
fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World

And to wrap things up, a book by one of this year’s special guests, blogger and author Allie Brosh. Hyperbole and a Half is one of my favorite books ever. It’s the one I reach for the most often when I’m sad or upset, and don’t want to read anything else. There’s something of a solidarity in knowing your personal problems are shared with other human beings. Also, DOGS. This book has dogs in it. Cute ones. And it’s funny. Read it.

Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half

I hope these recommendations will help you enjoy the spirit of ComicCon from the comfort of your favorite armchair! Indulge in your nerdy side, book lovers! 🙂