The Power of Imagination

As first posted on feministbookclub.com The world is currently a dumpster fire. There is no doubt about that. It’s not surprising that most of the #bookstagrams I saw pop up were created at the start of the pandemic: people were turning to books to escape the nightmare that was (still is) real life. And withContinue reading “The Power of Imagination”

Our Problematic Faves: Another Side to Romantic Tropes

Romance is my guilty pleasure. I’m a hopeless romantic and I love love. The tropes and formulas are so predictable, but they are addicting and keep us coming back for more. We all know the plotlines and have our favorites. From enemies-to-lovers, to the fake relationship, no matter the story, these tropes lie at the heart ofContinue reading “Our Problematic Faves: Another Side to Romantic Tropes”

Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker, and Sexual Assault

It took me a while to pick up The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement by Nate Parker. I also still haven’t seen the movie. I understand that it is a monumentally important film and piece of art; a reclaiming of one of the most notoriously racist pieces of culture weContinue reading “Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker, and Sexual Assault”

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore: Humanizing Sex Work

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore was a wild ride. I don’t think I am doing Walter Mosely right. This is the second book I’ve read by him (the other one being John Woman) and it seems like they are a part of a larger universe, a complex social and family system that are interconnected among books.Continue reading “Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore: Humanizing Sex Work”

A Letter to YA Books from an Adult Reader

As first posted on Feminist Book Club’s blog Dear YA books, Adults should read YA books. I used to think I graduated from needing you in my life, thinking I was too cool. I was trying to be more adult than I really was. High school problems? I scoffed at them, thinking they would be trivialContinue reading “A Letter to YA Books from an Adult Reader”

Uncomfy Books: Reading That Makes You Uncomfortable

As first posted on Feminist Book Club I like reading books that make me feel uncomfortable.  I know in high school, I did my share of reading to escape reality, to immerse myself in worlds other than my own and live other people’s lives. Many people like to read to escape the world. I saw soContinue reading “Uncomfy Books: Reading That Makes You Uncomfortable”

How Internalized Racism Shrank My Reading World

As first published on Feminist Book Club Growing up, my mom was such a strong reading influence in my life. She was such an avid reader, even though she mostly listened to audiobooks, and at the time, I didn’t think those were real books because I was such a book snob. As an adult, most ofContinue reading “How Internalized Racism Shrank My Reading World”

You’re Not a Feminist

As first posted on Feminist Book Club It is amazing how many women I have seen that do not identify as a feminist. You know the ones. “I’m not a feminist because I don’t hate men” or “I’m not a feminist because I wear a bra and shave my legs”. So many people, of allContinue reading “You’re Not a Feminist”

Shadow Work: How to Incorporate as a Feminist

As first posted on feministbookclub.com If you have seen those trendy Tik Toks about spirituality, you have probably seen someone talk about shadow work. I remember the first time I’d heard someone talk about shadow work. I thought, “That sounds weird, no thank you.” Shadow work is now an integral part of my self-care, and it has definitelyContinue reading “Shadow Work: How to Incorporate as a Feminist”