As it will shock no one in my life, I read a lot. I pretty much always have a book or my Kindle in my purse with them when I leave the house. When I finish a book, there is normally very little time in between finishing it and starting my next one. Frankly, it generally just means waiting for me to choose my next read and, if I do not already have it with me (e.g. on my Kindle), just until I can get my hands on it.
“Fem-i-nist Fight Club / n. Your crew, your posse, your girl gang; your unconditionally helpful professional support system; your ride-or-die homies.”
Given I am a working woman, I figured I needed to read Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual For A Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett at some point, even if it was only to see what it was about without serious expectations. Even if I was not suffering in my workplace. I felt like there would be at least one thing I could learn from this book, even if it was small.
I was right.
“The father and the husband, from that moment, had been transformed.”
The story seems eerily familiar. An upstanding citizen, a pillar in the community, is accused of sex-related crimes with minors. In The Best Kind Of People, George Woodbury is a teacher who, years ago, was a hero in a school shooting. Now? He wins Teacher of the Year, and just about everyone trusts him. Well, they do until a few girls come forward with stories about sexual assault and harassment. The word rape is even out there. Once the police arrest him, everything seems to unravel. But the damage is not limited to George—it extends to his family.
“All men must die. But we are not men.”
A couple of weeks ago Game of Thrones returned to our television screens for its seventh season. I’d been waiting for it like everyone else, though it was not until the season premiere did I realize just how much I wanted to hear this story again.
I have an interesting relationship with the show and story—I started reading the books first, and would proceed to watch the show as I progressed. This led to me being spoiled about the Red Wedding episode roughly a day or two before I read that part in the story. The other thing I found was the previous season of Game of Thrones was quite easy to predict in terms of a couple significant plot points. I won’t tell you what they are in case you (somehow) don’t know already, but what I am trying to convey here is that Game of Thrones was heading into the predictable realm. This is something I really dislike—something needs to capture my interest!
Of course, I wanted to write today about a few of my favourite characters in the series, because they have storylines right now I just cannot get enough of. I mention this because the remainder of this post will likely contain spoilers for those who are not caught up with the show. If you want to avoid that, I would stop reading now.
“You’re only a supporting character if you let yourself be.”
Have you seen the YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? If you have not, I would highly suggest you do, even before tackling this post. You can find the full playlist, along with Lydia’s videos and the other spinoffs, by clicking on this link.
I prefaced this review by saying that because this book is essentially a sequel to those videos and the accompanying novel, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. For those who are not aware, the YouTube series is a modern adaptation of perhaps Jane Austen’s most popular work, Pride and Prejudice. Just about everyone is familiar with that story on some level, right?