Review: Shrill by Lindy West

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Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman

Published: May 17th, 2016
Publisher: Hachette
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780316348409
Source: Owned
Challenges: Read My Own Damn Books, Read The Books You Buy

 

This is probably one of the most relevant and important books of the year. I got to see Lindy speak at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest a few weeks before I read the book, and I had heard about it so much but did no research before going to see her speak. She’s funny, she’s unapologetic, she’s honest. This memoir is a compilation of essays in which Lindy discusses and breaks down this prevailing culture of fat-shaming, internet-trolling, harassment, and good old-fashioned sexism. The titles of the essay had me snort-laughing, its content did not. Lindy gets real and gives no fucks. She talks about growing up as a fat girl, having to make herself smaller, tinier, quieter- because that’s such an ingrained ideal trait across cultures for women, and I related so much with that. It’s that terrible intersection of being a woman and being fat. There’s just no winning, because people would rather die than be some obscenely fat and uglyThey also think you should die because you are a smear on everything our society is working towards- to be thin is to be beautiful

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Swag Galore!

So, a few weeks back I’d asked if people wanted to take a peek at all of my literary swag, and people said yes, and it’s finally here!

Quick disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands or sellers, and I have not been paid to promote any of the products mentioned in this post. I’m only doing it because I know some friends wanted to have a look at my stuff, it forced me to do laundry and clean my room, and I now have a greater appreciation for models who are constantly changing costumes.

So grab a snack and start scrollin’! 

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This was me when I started taking the pictures. This was NOT me when I was done.

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Bookishness in May

Heyo,

I realized last night that there’s a BUNCH of bookish things happening in May that I will be a part of, so I decided to consolidate all of them in one page, most as a point of reference for me, but also for anyone else that wants to participate in them:

Reading Challenges:

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1. Smash Your Stack, which is all through the month of May, hosted by Andi and Melissa.

 

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2. Read My Own Damn Books, hosted by Andi, which I will once again be attempting this month, with an emphasis on “no book-buying outside of conferences”.

 

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3. Read The Books You Buy, hosted by the Book Date, where I will again make all that moolah spent worth it. 

 

 

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4. R. K. Narayan Readalong starts today! This one is hosted by Deepika, who is an amazing reader and blogger and lover of canines. It’s from May 1st to May 15th. I’ve got at least three books of his that I want to read, and I haven’t read them since middle-school, so this will be a lovely wave of nostalgia.

 

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5. Bout Of Books, which runs from May 9th to May 15th. This will be my first time, sign-up if you haven’t already!


nationalreadathonday6. National Readathon Day, on May 21st. This readathon is hosted by the American Library Association and Penguin Random House, in support of literacy programs. I’m using this as a practice run for my next Dewey’s readathon, since I probably won’t be doing a lot of social media stuff with this one, besides updates and general cheering. The official tag is #Readathon2016. If you have nothing going on that Saturday, sign up and read with me for a few hours!

Bookish Events:

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BookCon is on May 14th! I will not be able to go to BEA, time commitments and I can’t afford both that and ABAI. I am stoked for BookCon though, and I feel that will be less overwhelming for someone like me who is a book-event newbie. But I’m hoping to see my lovely twitter friends that will be attending BEA/BookCon that week, so that means books-and-booze time! Woo! 

 

I know it sounds like a lot, but I think it’s all evenly spaced out, plus some of them are a month-long and only require the minimum response effort of adding a hashtag to instagram pictures and tweets. I will definitely be blogging updates for each event as they happen, so you’ll be privy to all of the details of my bookish life, whether you like it or not.

Alright then, tally-ho folks, I got me some books to read!

-J

 

Friday Finds: April 29, 2016

Hey!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Books And A Beat, showcasing books that you “found” and added to your TBR stack-whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds this week were:

 

What did you guys add to your stack this week?

-J

The (last) Week In Reading: April 25, 2016

Hello,

I know, I know, I’m a whole day late, but I was too tired to type out what I knew was going to be a long blog post, and I ended up meeting with two different people yesterday that I hadn’t seen in a while, so yeah, life got in the way. 

I managed to get a few hours of sleep after Readathon officially ended (I literally hit “publish” on my wrap post and knocked out, couldn’t even tweet/snapchat about it). Then I realized thanks to the readathon, I’d read wayyyy more books in the past week than usual. So get yourself some popcorn or a beer, and settle in.

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At The End Of Dewey’s Readathon: 4/23/2016

Guys. GUYS. We did it. WE FUCKING DID IT. 24 GODDAMN hours later, I AM STILL AWAKE. Woo! A quick data rundown:

Books completed:

  1. Margaret The First by Danielle Dutton
  2. The Sorrow Proper by Lindsey Drager
  3. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  4. Study Hall Of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1) by Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen (illustrations)
  5. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  6. Ramona The Pest by Beverly Cleary
  7. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (on audio)

Currently reading:

  1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman (on audio, about 75% done)
  2. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami (literally only one chapter in though)
  3. The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (on audio)

Reading time: 21:05:39

Page count: approx. 2035

Guys, this readathon has been a fabulous experience. Definitely had stamina issues, whined about being tired, and listened to audiobooks for the better part of the last 8 hours, but I don’t regret staying up for 24 hours at all (actually, I don’t know how I feel about that yet. I’ve been book delirious since midnight). The mini-challenges were great, even though I didn’t participate in all of them, I did win one (it was one of the earlier ones, I just didn’t notice until 4 a.m.). They were so creative!

Props to all of the hosts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, the Readathon website, and all of the mini-challenges. Fantastic way to harness the bookish community.

Cheerleaders: You guys did good. GIFs on POINT. Ridiculously impressive. Team Penguin, you guys were trailblazers!

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That’s all I’ve got, mostly because I am ready to go the fuck to bed. Hope everyone enjoyed this edition of Readathon! See y’all in October, mark your calendars! As for now, goodnight!

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-J

On the eve of my Dewey Debut

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So, unless you don’t read books, or have been living under a rock, or do not know me in real life, everyone knows that Dewey’s readathon happens tomorrow. Over 1600 participants, isn’t that amazing? The idea of just bunch of people from all around the world dedicated the same chunk of time towards reading books and gushing about them on social media, is giving me all the feels:

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This is my first time participating in the readathon (although if you follow me on social media I’ve only been gushing about it for a month now). I found the readathon when participating in 24in48 readathon back in January, went wayyyy down the rabbit-hole of the origin story and the posts from the October event, predictably fell in love with the premise, and have had my calendar marked with this event. Since then, I have been interacting with Andi and Heather (our champion organizers) on and off on social media over the last couple of months, so I’ve been EVEN more excited about this (Here’s a well-known secret- if it’s about books, it doesn’t take me that long to get excited about it). 

Andi was kind enough to allow me to host twitter parties at the beginning of this week, and it was a blast! We chatted about themes, TBRs, beverages, snacks, and ALL OF THE BOOKS! Got some great advice from readathon veterans, a few of which I’m putting in place.

Shaina, who is the coolest, and the wittiest, and the nerdism in Readathon is insidious… (hehe, see where I’m going with this. I’m not even a little sorry.)

Anyway, Shaina started the #thon4ham tag a few nights ago, and she’s come up with so many brilliant ones that I just had to Storify them (I had a few, but nowhere as good as the ones she came up with).

I curated my readathon stack- started out feeling completely overwhelmed by the GIANT pile of unread books in my room. So I decided to throw in some criteria for selection: books I owned that were written by women, so that anything I read tomorrow will count towards Read My Own Damn Books and the Read The Books You Buy challenges.

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Look at how pretty they are 😍

I put this off for the last possible minute for two reasons: in order to stick to a written grocery list, and not to eat all of the snacks before Readathon even started. The checkout person at Mariano’s was definitely judging me (she was barely 18 and probably wondering why I’m not just buying booze on a Friday night).

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Knowing me, this is what is going to keep me going after midnight anyway.

The Facebook Readathon page has been ON FIRE, and someone on there suggested that a group of us could meet up at some point in the day for silent-reading-time-in-the-proximity-of-local-redathoners. So there’s a few of us meeting up at Bru Chicago in Wicker park, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (in case more people want to hang).

Got me some Readathon swag, because, I had to. 

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That design on the mug is EVERYTHING. 

My social media strategy for tomorrow is going to be…err, I don’t know yet. I’m drafting two major blog posts tonight, for the 12-hour and 24-hour marks. Blogging is time-consuming, so I’m not going to kill myself trying to be super active here. I will tweet and instagram every 3-4 hours, participate in the mini-challenges on the readathon website at the same times, and occasionally Snapchat (you can find me at jananivaidya). This is sounding terribly complicated as I sit here typing this.  As for cheering, I will be cheering on twitter only, because even though I really want to go on people’s blogs, my focus for this readathon is still going to be reading. I know there’s people like my friend RDB who will exclusively be cheering this time, so I don’t feel terribly guilty for not making the effort. 

Okay, gotta run, got a bunch of chores to finish up tonight and get a good night’s sleep. If you’re not really doing anything tomorrow, go sign up for the readathon! You don’t have to read/stay awake/social media for 24 hours, you can have fun with it however you want. 

Fellow ‘thoners, hope you have a BLAST tomorrow! Woo!

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Until tomorrow,

-J