Book Notes: Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real WorldHere We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like the diversity of this collection. Kudos to the editors who did a fantastic job at making sure this collection encompassed the varied aspects of feminism. Feminist voices are well-represented by all the admirable contributors to this book. I don’t agree with everything, but I admire the ideas, and the words and actions that go with it.

As a takeaway from reading this book, I now have greater respect for the church I go to. In a way, we are a feminist church. We have leaders and preachers who are women. At some point, we might have made some eyebrows raise by having women preach on a Sunday service pulpit. We are taught to submit to husbands and authority, but we are also taught to be warrior women. We are taught to be strong and are encouraged to speak, share, dream big, and when necessary, fight for our ideas. And for that, I admire our church’s mission, vision, principle, heart, and leadership even more.

Some important terms that stood out to me from this book are the following:
Equality. Gender. Representation. Misogyny. Ambition. Strong. Platform. Voice

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Book Notes: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eleanor Oliphant is definitely one of my most memorable characters. I have not yet met a character as socially clueless and yet as endearing as Eleanor. To me, this story is one of available possibilities in spite of sad realities.

I must confirm that this book is not a romantic love story. Sure, there were hints that a romance might bloom and I was worried that the old formula of boy-loves-girl-then-changes-and-saves-her would be used, but thank goodness the story did not take that direction.

This story is more about the necessity of human connection and how simple, but genuine acts of caring and kindness influence and touch another human being. It is also about forgiveness for one’s own self, moving on from the past, restarting a life, and learning to love one’s own identity and worth. It is about understanding what it means to be truly alive as opposed to daily survival.

Fine is a response we often absentmindedly say about how we truly are. We have different definitions of being fine. We have to understand well and resolve on what it takes to be completely fine. Often, the process involves either asking for or accepting help when it knocks on our doors.

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Stark Reunions

In the end,
we will all
return to each other.
I look forward
to the end.
We will meet again
in the North.
[A Game of Thrones musing.]

Book Notes: Camino Island

Camino IslandCamino Island by John Grisham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read this one because I missed reading Grisham. This book’s quite slow for me, and it’s rather unexciting and more laid-back. (I don’t know why some books marketed under the Mystery/Thriller genre cram all the mystery and action towards the end. What’s up with that? I just don’t get it.)

What I liked, though was that this book was about books, and celebrated the love for books. Also, references to writers like Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Plus, I am fond of smart, calculating, ambitious, and magnetically charming characters, like Mr. Bruce Cable.

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Book Notes: We are Still Tornadoes

We Are Still TornadoesWe Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cath and Scott. Theirs is the kind of friendship I could only wish I have.

Scott Agee is so hilarious! I wish he was real, and that we were friends, then perhaps he could also write me a letter? I also wish there was a real soundtrack that went together with this book because right now, I’m only imagining Crush perform their songs. I would have loved to listen to their music.

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