Checking in really quick from the beach for July’s Book Challenge and Chat!
This month was all about female empowerment – the perfect time to discuss that, right?
I chose “The Geek Feminist Revolution” by Kameron Hurley. Guys. It was tough. I don’t know what else to say.
There were parts I loved, particularly when she discussed writing. I think all writers struggle with the “am I good enough?” question. Her answer is perfect: “Don’t tell me you don’t have talent, or someone else has more. That’s just an excuse. If you want it, suck it up and work harder.” Sometimes you need to hear it, you know? And it’s the only thing you can control – how hard you work.
And she dedicates an entire chapter to a subject close to my heart: the defense of unlikable women. There’s a double-standard. As Hurley writes, “But the traits we love in many male heroes – their complexity, their confidence, their occasional bouts of selfish whim – become, in female heroes, marks of the dreaded “unlikable character.””
I truly enjoyed parts of the book, but other chapters were a struggle for me. You win some, you lose some.
I can’t believe we just have five books left for the year! Wow. August’s challenge is a book that has been banned. If you’d like to join us, you can find commonly banned books here. I’ve actually read most of these, so I may choose “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Don’t forget to check out what Llinos read this month!