January 30, 2017

What I've Been Reading... January, 2017

Hi, Guys! Thank you so much for putting up with my unplanned, extended absence. I have a post in the works about what is going on (don't worry--nothing bad, just life!). I have managed to read at least for a little bit each day.

I am loving my Kindle Unlimited subscription, and have recently started reading magazines on it. SO handy. Not every book that I want is included, but a good number are, and I have been picking other books that I might not have read otherwise.

So far this year I've read 4 books toward my goal of 45. Right on track. I would be lying if I said that I wasn't reading to escape the current political situation. I spent time being angry and upset, and now I am hiding from the world like a hermit. I feel like I've been reading some stuff that is really relevant to our current world, but it still feels a little bit like an escape.

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie ★★★★
I've had this in my audible library for a while, and I started reading it over Christmas break while cleaning some things in our apartment. I've honestly never heard of Patsy Jefferson, so it was really interesting to learn about her. This book also talks a lot about Sally Hemmings and her children, which is a topic that I think is fascinating.

There were parts of this book that kind of dragged, but overall I thought it was good. I liked the characters I was supposed to and didn't like the one I wasn't supposed to. I would love to read more, maybe something fictional about Sally Hemmings' point of view.

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore ★★★
This is a really sad book about something that is not very well-known about the American workforce. This is one of those books that you think about when you aren't reading it. I was doing research about the radium girls, thinking about their families, and learning about radium isotopes.

My main complaint with this book is that from the description I thought it was going to be a non-fiction book. I very quickly realized that it was a non-fiction book, and got over it. I really do think this is a very valuable part of history that needs to be told. I, for one, am looking into learning more about this subject, and the whole movement of worker's rights.
*This book was provided for review by NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

The Gender Game by Bella Forrest ★★★★
This book was suggested to me on Goodreads since I liked The Hunger Games. From the title, you would think it was similar, but it isn't really. It is a dystopian novel (see what I mean about relevancy?), but it feels really current. Society is separated into two parts: a Matriarchal society founded on peace, and a Patriarchal society, who has a violence-obsessed ruler.

It is very clear that both societies have flaws, and the main character Violet has lots of flaws too. I can't wait to continue her story with the next book in this series.

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