After the president and Congress were executed, a religious group took over what was left of the United States, renaming it the Republic of Gilead. Women are forbidden from reading and must wear the (conservative) dress that signifies their class. They no longer own property and must travel in pairs or with assigned Guardians. The only value in a woman is her ovaries. Handmaids exist only to bear children for their assigned Commanders and their barren Wives. Offred, the narrator of this tale, is a Handmaid who has grown used to the system but is disgruntled with it.
It’s time for another Book Traveling Thursdays, where we compare book covers that fit a theme for the week. This week’s theme was to pick a book that originally had a red cover. I really wanted to do The Handmaid’s Tale for this one, but its original cover doesn’t have enough red on it for me to… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Book That Originally Had a Red Cover
In a retelling of the famous One Thousand and One Nights, Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee reimagine it with new characters and stories from around the world. The Shahrazad of this story is a guy who disguised himself as a woman to save his sister from execution, post-consummation. With his life on the line, what stories will Sehara tell the king?
As a book blogger, does it matter to you whether or not a book has received awards? Before taking Children’s Literature last fall, I only thought about awards on children’s books (Newberry or Caldecott) and the Pulitzer Prize. I did not follow them and only noticed if it was noted somewhere on the cover. I… Continue reading Do Book Awards Matter?
I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review. In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, an abused miller’s daughter is sold to the king for her alleged ability to spin straw into gold. She is to be married to the prince if her gold-making skills are proven to be true. In the process, she starts to fall in love with prince and tries to work out how she will accomplish the impossible task of making straw into gold.
Finals are coming up, and I need a break from studying. It’s time for my second 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest. On the first Saturday of every month, readers and bloggers connect the selected book for the month to six other books, forming a chain. The books don’t all have to… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from The Slap to City of Bones
Yesterday was Cat on the Bookshelf’s 5-year blogoversary! To celebrate, I wanted to do the Blogger Stats Book Tag, created by Stuart @ Always Trust in Books, though I haven’t been tagged to do it. Stats-wise, I’ve also seen increasing views and follower totals, and I’ve been posting more. After five years of this blog’s… Continue reading Blogger Stats Book Tag
Riley Cavanaugh, the child of a conservative congressman, is gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and some days as a girl. Now Riley is starting over at a public school and dealing with the congressman’s campaign. A therapist recommends Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent, and Riley creates one under the name Alix. The blog goes viral. Alix/Riley will have to make a decision: abandon the blog or come out and risk everything. Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin, describes one experience of being gender fluid and shows.
It’s been rainy in the desert for the last couple of days, which I hope means more flowers for Spring. This month has been eventful and overall busy, but it’s been good. Book Reviews The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander: 5/5 Stars Wandering Son, Vol. 1 by Shimura Takako: 4/5 Stars Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser:… Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2017
The Fairy Tale Series was created by Terri Windling with the intent of growing a collection of original fairy tale retellings. Patricia C. Wrede joined the series with Snow White and Rose Red. The two daughters of the Widow Arden, Rosamund and Blanche, obey their mother and gather herbs to help them survive in their Elizabethan English town. The widow does all she can to prevent rumors of witchcraft from spreading to them. Two princes of Faerie, both half-mortal, catch up when the elder returns from the mortal realm, but their meeting is broken up by two mortal sorcerers who steal the younger’s magic, transforming the prince into a bear. The bear wanders to the widow’s house. Can the girls and the older brother save the bear from the spell? Snow White and Rose Red tells the tale again with teen girls and the presence of the brother through the whole story.