Quotes from How I Resist

As promised, I want to share the things I loved best.  First, there is a song by Shaina Taub called When.  The sheet music and lyrics were submitted to the collection, but I found the song performed by Taub and a group here.  Please take a look at this gorgeous piece.  Hearing it performed broke me.

Now for the group of quotes:

“You have a role to play in creating the change you want to see in the world.”  Carolyn Dewitt.

“The enormous scale of what we face in trying to create a just society for all people in the world can evoke confusion and frustration about being an activist.”  Hebh Jamal

‘”Remember there’s a human on the other side of the screen.’ Because that goes both ways, you know?  It’s important to remember that when you’re typing a comment to someone, but by the same token it’s also important to remember when you’re seeing the comment.”  From an interview with Dylan Marron.

“This can’t be a fad.  Let’s not delude ourselves into thinking that picking up the phone, demonstrating, or donating is some funky thing we’re trying to a couple months, because those things are the starter kit for a politically active life.  This has to be our routine, at least for the next four hears and, if we all survive, well beyond it.”  Lauren Duca

“We all have an innate desire to make a difference, to make an impact, to be seen, to be heard, to leave behind something better than we’re brought into…”  Javier Munoz.

“You do not have to fix the world alone.”  Karuna Riazi

“All problems can be knocked down to size if we all get out there and take a whack at them.”  Karuna Riazi

Then there was a submitted poem by Daniel J Watts called The Clap Back.  I loved it, but I can’t imagine taking only a piece, nor placing the entirety here.  It’s worth the price of the book just for this, though!

Seriously, I can not stop gushing about this amazing book.  Buy it in Ebook, audio, paper… it doesn’t matter.  Buy them all!  Share it, devour it, embrace it.  You’re going to love it!  You can find my actual review here:  How I Resist: Activism and Hope For The Next Generation, Maureen Johnson

Happy Reading,

Amber

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Books that helped me

In my last post I talked about how I would read up on issues to help me understand.  Here is a list of books I read

To understand what people in other parts of the world face:

 

To better understand what it is to live in a diverse lifestyle/ with a handicap or phobia:

To remind myself of how I strive to be:

Simply because if we don’t learn from the past we must eventually repeat it:

Happy Reading,

Amber

My thoughts on the surge of resistance.

I hate getting political here, because I don’t want to turn anyone away.  I resist the current hatred, fear and bigotry by reminding everyone how I love them.  It doesn’t matter who you love, what “parts” you have, where you came from, what you believe or what you look like.  If you treat me and mine with respect, you can expect to receive the same.  My inbox is always open to anyone that needs to talk.  No judgement, no complications…. in the age of the internet there doesn’t even have to be names.  This is how I resist the current unrest.  I am one person, but sometimes all it takes is one calm harbor in the stormy sea of life.

These days you see more and more activists- rallies for and against everything.  You see marches on TV.  These people are brave, and giving a good voice to current issues.  But that isn’t me.  I would never be comfortable being out doing this.  I especially wouldn’t want part in the ones that, while the cause and the people aren’t bad, still result in violence.  There are other ways.  Calling congressmen, joining groups, staying abreast of the news is the very least we should be trying to be doing.  An uninformed mass is a dangerous thing.  And it’s hard anymore.  There are so many completely biased “news” arenas anymore that you don’t know if you have the whole story- or even a real story.  It’s enough to make my head spin and I am 35.

So how is a teen supposed to navigate these waters?  They are smart and caring and still young enough to be inquisitive.  They see the current unrest.  Their friends shot in school shootings, or the people they care about having to fight tooth and nail for the rights that they take for granted- the right to live as they wish, love who they wish, and freaking pee in a public restroom.  My niece sees a pretty girl her age, intelligent and kind, being bullied and hated because of a piece of fabric on her head.  These things don’t make sense!  It’s enough to make a young person, already struggling with the changes in herself, become furious. You want to make a difference.  You want to change the world.  How do you go about it?

Today a book released called How I resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Tim Federle.  What this is, is a group of essays, interviews and other miscellanea edited by Federle and Maureen Johnson.  Now, I just started it; but so far it contains intelligent, well thought articles about either what others have done in the past, what can be done in the future, and what the phrase “resist” even means to them.  It has given me a sense of calm and purpose already, and if it continues in this vein I really feel like this book could be a game changer.

Another thing that always helped me is reading up on subjects that are becoming issues- not just news articles.  When the unrest about immigration really started ramping up I read a book called The Newcomer where I saw just one class room of immigrants discuss what their lives were like, what they hope for and what they fear, all while learning a new language and culture.  It helped me, seeing what they were up against and the small amount of help they got here, along with learning about the hoops they had to jump through.  These are two books I would recommend to anyone.

There are a million ways to resist, and there not just one right way.  Be informed, be inclusive, vote, care.  Thank you.

Happy Reading,

Amber

Book Haul!!!!

Okay, I will admit I have a bit of a problem.  I fall madly in love with an author- not all, but a handful; and find that I must have everything they ever wrote.  As soon as my driving ban (Medical) was lifted, I shot out to my favorite book store in search of Ellery Adams books.  I didn’t even eat first- as soon as I got confirmation from the dr. I was gone.  Sadly, my first four stops proved fruitless and I gave it a rest for a few days.  Today I went into my local used books/ gaming store and lucked out.  I got nearly every book in the Books By the Bay series save the first that I have in eBook and book seven that I just ordered on amazon to come in used.  I also found the next book in the Book Retreat Mystery series.  I am super excited about all of them!

Then there’s the new Laura Madeleine book.  She writes gorgeous mysteries that often have us traveling back in time.  I was granted ARC’s for both The Confectioner’s Tale, Laura Madeleine   and Where the Wild Cherries Grow, Laura Madeleine.  After each book I swore to myself I would find more.  I went practically insane when I found that The Secret Between Us wasn’t yet available in the US and most likely drove my poor husband nuts until I could order it.

Now, I will admit that I feel a bit guilty about buying these.  I have hundreds of books in my TBR (this is why the hubs made me go mostly digital after three years of marriage- he could envision a house where there were just piles of books and no wall space at all), along with a ton of ARC’s- two of them due by end of month.  Bare in mind as well that I won’t be on LOA forever and I still have my FB reader’s club book for the month and this isn’t the smartest decision I ever made.  Still, I regret nothing.  After all, there are worse addictions.  I rarely drink, haven’t smoked in over a decade and never took drugs.  Lesesucht (an addiction to reading) doesn’t seem that bad to me.

Happy Reading,

Amber

Top Ten Tuesday! Books that have been on my TBR list the longest!

TTT-Big2This meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s prompt is going to be about the books that have been on our TBR list.

 

We will start with my eBook portion as they have been with me longest.  From Nook:

2 am at the cat's pajamas A nine year old jazz singer, a divorcee looking for love, and a jazz lounge in trouble.  How can I resist?  I seriously want to read this!

Strange the dreamer  I read so many amazing reviews about this one, and had to have it.  Why haven’t I read it?  For one, I am at odds with Barnes and Nobles now and rarely go into that app at all.  Silly, I know, I was buying my books from them nearly exclusively for years so this is the majority of my library.  I just hate that they require me to have a debit card on file in order to open a book I paid for years ago.

the first fifteen lives of Harry AugustNo matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

Lord, that blurb!  How could I not want to read this?

everything I never told youLydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

I was so excited about this one!  I still have to read it.  I also have her newer book on my TBR.

this is where it endsA school shooting told in four voices.  It sounds crazy good.  I really want to read it.

 

 

 

 

fly away homeI saw a review for this one forever ago, and it sounded great.  I love books like this and am still super excited to read it.

 

 

 

imaginary thingsWatching children play and invent whimsical games of fantasy is one of life’s great joys. But what if you could actually see your child’s imagination as it unfolded? And what would you do if your child’s imagination suddenly became dark and threatening?

Holy crap this sounds great!  Why haven’t I read this?

 

Now for my paper TBR:

teach me to forgetA girl ready to die is pushed to live.  This one sounds like it will wreck me, but it sounds so good.  I bought a paper copy immediately after reading a review for it.

 

 

 

welcome to the worldI had just read Fried Green Tomatoes and loved it.  Then I found this at my favorite used book shop for $2!  It’s been on my shelf ever since, but I swear I am going to read it!

 

 

 

 

literacy and longing in L.A.Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on books—reading one after another, from Flaubert to bodice rippers, for hours and days on end. In this wickedly funny and sexy literary debut, we meet the beguiling, beautiful Dora, whose unique voice combines a wry wit and vulnerability as she navigates the road between reality and fiction.

So this one just stole my bibliophile heart.  It was at the used book store too.

 

So that’s my list.  What’s on yours?

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Top Ten Tuesday! January 30th, 2018

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This is a meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week it’s all about 10 books I can’t believe I read.  For this, I will only be dealing with books I finished and not my DNF pile.  Let’s start with the books I read so that I could see the movie without feeling bad. winter's tale1.Here’s a couple weeks worth of my life that I will never get back.  I wanted to see the movie- it looked so good and the premise of the story was one that I was really, really interested in.  The author was jumpy and erratic, could not stay on topic, and went on forever about things that simply didn’t matter.  The movie took like 2/3 of the book away, and it was better for it.  700 pages, and I wanted to throw my tablet by the 200th page.  Just watch the movie.

 

 

2.the martian  Okay, I am pretty rough on this one.  My husband wanted to see this movie so badly.  I had to read the book first.  The premise is good, the writing style was fluid and the characters were engaging.  This is something Warren calls hard science fiction, though, and apparently that is not for me.  TMI.  Weir would go on tangents about the workings of things- or the math behind it.  I don’t care!  It took me out of the story and bored the heck out of me.

 

 

the princess bride3.  I loved this movie- I loved it so much and I still love it.  I made my husband watch it the week we moved in together.  Great characters, high adventure, hilarity, true love and huge ass rodents.  What’s not to love?  The book.  I hate Goldman.  Harsh, I know, but he couldn’t stay on topic.  We’re getting along in the story, the plot’s great… and then we are at a hotel pool where’s he’s ogling some hottie?  Nope.  Not interested.  Just watch the movie.

 

 

 

hidden figures4.  This could have been so good, but it read like a text book.  There was no spark and I found it terribly dull.  The movie was everything I had hoped the book would be.

 

 

 

 

 

catcher in the rye5.  This book was required reading at every high school I went to (3) for different grades (which was strange let me tell you).  I hated it the first time.  It wasn’t any better the second time.  I gave up the third time and threw in my towel.  Holden’s a little shit.  He’s unrealistic and unlikeable.  There were other required reading that I didn’t love, but none I hated like this.

 

 

 

fifty shades of gray6. And…. I am about to be unpopular.  I wanted more plot.  There was a lot of sex and kink, some was way too detailed.  I don’t need all that.  What makes a book sexy to me is the play between characters- the chemistry.  I wanted… more.  Of everything but the sex.  Thankfully I waited in line for the library’s ebook instead of buying it or I would be truly pissed.

 

 

 

gone girl7.  The premise was interested and there was so much hype it was unreal.  I feel like the execution failed.  I couldn’t get a good feel for the characters- both unlikeable and irredeemable.  The writing was choppy and it just didn’t hold my interest.  I wouldn’t say it was awful…. but it certainly didn’t make me go buy her other books.

 

 

 

I actually think that’s it for my list.  There is my DNF pile…. but that’s another story.  What’s on your list?

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Look what I got the other Day!!!!!

A little bit ago I reviewed an eARC I received for Take Me With You, Andrea Gibson.  I had loved it so very much that I immediately preordered the paperback copy.  I promised myself I would share some of my favorite pieces…. and it may have gotten a wee bit out of hand.  I chose to just take pictures of the book because I don’t have a scanner (and did not want to risk my book’s binding) but I wanted the pictures that Sarah J. Coleman brought to the book.  So, without further ado: