Greetings my lovely readers!
Today, I was casually reading some of my earlier blog posts (and cringing at some of my earlier jokes, really) and I realised I haven’t had an updated post about the books I have been reading, books I would also recommend.
The main issue with me? I’m a bit of a book hoarder. There’s so many on my shelf and by my bed that I am in the middle of reading and the thing is, I get bored after a while once I’ve started on a book. Then I start another one, get bored again, move back to the book I first read and continue then shift back and forth. It’s confusing, since I’m basically hot potato-ing between several books.
Which means, I’ve basically got at least 5 books to talk about that I’m all reading concurrently (it also means I need to cut back and commit more to my books, sigh). Like I’ve said before, my taste in books truly vary, though I tend to centre around certain topics, politics, history, mystery stories, the supernatural and homemaking.
I’m one of those people who will automatically go to those sections in the library and almost always bring a new one home.
The Stepford Gal’s Reading Spread – November/December 2018
1. The Boy Crisis by Dr Warren Farrell and Dr. John Gray
This book actually makes me feel constantly sad, I got teary at some point, though I can’t stop reading. This compelling book covers the different areas of plight that are facing boys of today. Why boys? Simply because we need to be proactive in identifying and resolving the issues facing boys now to prevent them growing up into inadequate, troubled men. From the concerning gap in education, employment dangers to the empathy between how the different sexes are treated, boys are losing and it’s costing society heavily. Mental health-wise boys and men are accessing and receiving much less help, there are no measures in place to lower workplace dangers that mainly affect men and so on. If you are currently (or want to) raise a son in the future, read this book and be aware of what he is up against and what you can do to help.
2. Ancient Athens On Five Drachmas A Day by Philip Matyszak
Want a fun, unconventional take on history? This quirky guide on the world of ancient Athens is a light read that leads the reader throughout this magnificent city-state as a tourist. Where are the great places to go and what are the amazing activities you can witness or take part in? Along with realistic and peculiar details such as costs, travel times and other useful tips, once you’ve read through this, you might just be ready to hope into a time machine. I love books like this that teach history in an entertaining and unique way, they place an emphasis on living through history than just looking back on it. There’s also another book in this series for Rome!
3. Why I Am Not A Feminist by Jessa Crispin
This educational yet tongue-in-cheek read is a great way to acquaint oneself with the very basic flaws of modern feminism. Jessa explains in-depth issues such as the way feminism actually deprives women of their choices and autonomy due to the group pressure of feminism. How feminism has changed in meaning over the decades from actually empowering women to be equal to men to simply boosting narcissistic attitudes that encourage female supremacy. She still believes in feminism itself and describes her books as a Feminist Manifesto, however it is the older, purer definition that actually respects women’s choices and freedoms, no matter what they are, even if not Left-leaning. This is a great introduction to a critique of modern feminism.
4. The Strange Laws Of Old England by Nigel Cawthorne
Need more history? Here’s another book that focuses on teaching you while making you laugh at the same time. Historian Nigel Cawthorne will definitely have you chuckling as you weave through the annals and records of the medieval England to find the silliest laws, legal cases and loopholes. It goes from laws that prohibited married men from refusing sex to their wives to forbidding women to ’lead a man to marriage’ through the use of fake aesthetics such as make-up, wigs and fake hips – yikes! The most interesting thing is that many of these laws are still technically in force, simply because they hadn’t been changed since they were first made. If you want to widen your historical knowledge in a hilarious manner, go for this read.
5. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
My admiration for this man is through the roof. He was definitely ahead of his time and it amazes me to this day, how he could still gather such deep, wise thoughts and meditations (see what I did there) despite all the burdens and responsibilities on his shoulders as emperor of Rome. Marcus guides you through his pondering on his daily life and those who have influenced through this Stoic gem of a philosophy book. He teaches the importance of taking responsibility over how you think and act, avoiding blaming others as well as the importance of letting the past go so you can focus and make the most of your future. He advises on the importance of goals to motivate you through life and being grateful, so you can appreciate it all. It’s a little old-literature-heavy depending on the edition you read, though it’s worth it for all the knowledgeable insights.
These are the books lingering around my bedside and table, ready to be picked up and continued on or finished by me. I try not to get too boggled in one area for too long so if I finish one book on history, the next one I pick won’t be historical.
Looking around my bookcase, I’ve realised that nearly all my books are about learning something, I haven’t actually picked up something fiction and actually just let the story lead me. I think that is something I’ll work on while I’m done with this batch.
To fiction we go!