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What Is That Stepford Gal Reading Right Now? – February 2018

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I’d like to brag about how I’m just naturally creative when it comes to my blog post topics, though I happen to be very talkative, that’s for sure.

Though plenty of my thoughts are definitely inspired by what I read every now and then. I enjoy certain genres of books for leisure reading (or listening, when I’m doing housework, two birds in one!) and they have sparked lots of ideas and musings that have ended up as full-fledged blog posts on That Stepford Gal.

Maybe you’re a bit curious and would like to know what I’m reading at the moment that’s landing me in these thought areas. Why not, anyway?

I sometimes find books through my interest in political figures or simply through researching on homemaking and housewives. In fact, I’m a bit ashamed to admit, most of what I read either fit into politics or homemaking. I don’t have much time to dip into other areas, though I make a point to do so occasionally. I get swept up by fiction novels too sometimes, I grew up as a heavy, nerdy reader and a brilliant fantasy or treasure hunt fiction or gets me every time.

That Stepford Gal’s Reading Spread – January 2018

  1. The 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote For Chaos by Dr Jordan Peterson
    A wonderful book with some ideas on how to improve yourself through identifying areas of chaos, the importance of lessons learned through chaos and striving to work through your flaws and fears as a person. Dr Peterson is definitely very heavy with discussions, he uses plenty of mythos, Christian and otherwise as well as universal, historical concepts for analysis and to elaborate his discourses- yet it is truly fascinating once you’ve thought more about it and realise that many times, he’s hit the nail on the head about life.
  2. Feminist Fantasies by Phyllis Schlafly
    This is definitely one of those forgotten greats, especially for Traditional, Conservative women like me. Phyllis Schlafly was a Republican Leader born in the early 20th century, having witnessed the second wave of feminism and its early roots from the very beginning. She saw through all the bullsh*t and greedy power-grabbing feminists were trying to pull decades ago, from dragging women from their homes by disgracing housewives to touting materialism and economic greed to hating on men in order to gain financial and corporate power. She saw it all and had been calling it out from the start. This book is a collection of essays that she wrote as a social critique on these issues and is a light yet thought-provoking read.
  3. A 1950’s Housewife: Marriage and Homemaking in The Fifties by Sheila Hardy
    If you want a more history-focused reading, this is definitely the way to go. Hardy covers the typical life stages of a woman who would become the 1950s housewife, from her childhood growing up in the Depression era to the wartime, all the way to marriage and home conditions. It is not only Hardy who wrote this, she also gathered memories and stories from other women of her generation and together, they give readers a snapshot of the life of the 1950s woman, her choices and options, her lifestyle and her peculiar everyday moments in a domestic life.
  4. Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos
    Really, how can I not read this? The first book published by the figure I would say is the most inspiring one in my journey through to being true to myself and fighting for what I believe in. The one man who started it all for me, from his single article- that was the first thread of hope formed when I read that in a gay guy’s article- he actually realised women were bullied out of their homes and homemaking by feminists and that they had been generally happier there before. That was what started it all. This book is one large social commentary, about Milo’s views on different topics surrounding feminism, liberalism, mainstream media and the Lefties’ endless whining. It is very easy to read as it mixes witty banter, prickly wit and the usual glamour of the master wordsmith Milo is.
  5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
    Now this book was a bit of an unexpected read. It definitely was not on my wishlist and I happened to take a fancy to it when I saw its curious title at the bookstore. My father, seeing my interest, suddenly offered it to me as a gift and so I went home eager to read it without much of a clue what it was about. Except it was about cleaning and it was apparently a bestseller- the author is Japanese and when it comes to cleanliness, you can always, always rely on Japanese advice. They’re masters of cleanliness. This book details Marie Kondo, a decluttering and home-transformation expert’s magical KonMari method of decluttering and reorganising your home through the basic principle of keeping items that spark joy. It sounds a little outlandish at first- but it works. She elaborates on a simple decluttering process centering on this value that had me clearing out nearly half my room, realising how much stuff I owned that I didn’t really need. Now I’m also going to be decluttering the house properly, an assignment my father set since he really wants a lot more space at home (space > decor, sadly).

So there you have it! My current reads for the month. I wouldn’t say I’m a diverse reader in general, I have my favourite areas, though I tend to read more diverse material online through articles and journals.

When it comes to books, I stick to stuff I know I would really enjoy, for now.

I am definitely a leisure reader, after all.

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