Thursday, 23 June 2016

Great Books Lately

I always like to see what other people are reading so I thought I'd share some really great books I've read in the past few weeks :)

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

This book was a real eye-opener for me. As a woman you kinda already know that there are many things you have to worry about/deal with in everyday life that guys just don't have to think about (like walking by yourself at night or having guys yell things at you as they drive by- this even happened to me this past weekend!) but I never realized how ingrained it is in our society.

One point I found very interesting was about how we focus on telling women how their bodies can be "dangerous" and that you shouldn't dress in a scandalous way/walk by yourself drunk at night when really shouldn't we be focusing on teaching boys about consent and you know, how it's not ok to assault a woman even if she's drunk or isn't wearing a lot of clothes?

Dave and I also got a kick out of the "how men feel everyday sexism" section too, especially as fathers who stay home and raise their kids. We were joking how when people find out that I stay home with Iris and don't work a traditional job out of the house it's seen as a normal thing for a woman to do, nothing special. But as soon as they find out Dave is taking paternity leave to be home with us everyone says "Oh wow! Good for you Dave! That's so great you'll be spending all that quality time with your kids!" and they tell me how lucky I am to have a guy like Dave lol. What?! No one ever said that to him about me while I was at home the past two years! We now joke about how lucky I am every time Dave does something like change a diaper or stay up late with Iris when she's having a meltdown ;)

The Woefield Poulty Collective by Susan Juby
I've read this book so many times. It's just so great. I probably laughed out loud every 4 pages and you feel really good about life after reading it. Read it!

Little House in the Suburbs
This book has definitely changed our lives. Which is kinda a lame thing to proclaim but it's true! Dave and I have always had these hippy-dippy homestead dreams and this book made us realize those dreams are so attainable in the house we live in! It feels like it's written by normal people, who still watch TV, eat takeout and have kids who play with plastic toys, but want to grow their own food, keep some chickens and make their own soap. Since reading it front to back twice, we've (ok mostly Dave) built a fenced in vegetable garden, made plans for a chicken coop, built a composter, and made a batch of homemade soap. All without spending a lot and using a lot of found materials.

A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens
We're planning on getting some chicks next spring! And this kids book is way better at laying out the main points without over-explaining every detail. Plus lots of pictures!

Other mentions...

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney- wowowowow I inhaled this book in 2 days, it was really great.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Have you read any great books lately?
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