Review: Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope by Artisan Press

On January 21, 2017, millions of people gathered worldwide for the Women’s March, one of the largest demonstrations in political history. Together they raised their voices in hope, protest, and solidarity.
This inspiring collection features hundreds of the most eloquent, provocative, uplifting, clever, and creative signs from across the United States and around the world. Each is a powerful reminder of why we march.

Why We March was the perfect read to satisfy my need for more after having followed the Women’s March all over social media. As the blurb states, the signs featured in here will evoke all kids of emotions–from laughing to contemplating to clutching your heart, this collection will make you feel it all. Real talk, I ended up in tears I couldn’t hold back so many times it got alarming.

It was also a very quick read that I tried to saver, but found to be quite impossible when the following page is RIGHT THERE!! I kept turning to the next page and the next and next, until I unexpectedly reached the last one and was left bewildered as to why I completed it so quickly…

On that note, here are the many, many signs I loved in this collection:

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Without a shadow of a doubt, Why We March is a read I’ll come back to time and again, especially when in need for something uplifting, heartening and gripping. Oh, and quick warning: if you’re reading this before bed, like I did, be prepared for a thumping heart, pumping with adrenaline, and the sudden need to fight someone… that is to say: I LOVED it!! And I can’t stress enough how grateful I am that it exists.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: March 7th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Favorite Books of 2016

6359628356748047931405586990_finsihThe year 2016 has slowly but surely come to an end. Looking back, it’s been quite clear to me that this was a major year for my reading. My tastes changed a lot in what I now decide to pick up and what not. This has also been the year that I started writing down my thoughts and feelings for the books I read, and it has completely changed everything for me. Writing book reviews has been a great pleasure that I hope to continue doing for years and years to come. And I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that takes the time to like or comment on my reviews. It always means the world to me. Thank you.

Books:

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  1. I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman 

“The things my mother did not see about herself, I did not see, either.”

This wondrous read made me discover my love for memoirs this year, which, as you can see by my favorites above, has been all consuming.
I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This is a memoir of mothers and daughters—and mothers as daughters—traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again. I highly recommend giving this one a go!

2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah“She’d tell me not to worry. She always came back to the phrase she lived by: “If God is with me, who can be against me?” She was never scared. Even when she should have been.”

I read this one back in November, and I still bring up some of the stories Trevor Noah wrote in here to my own mother, either to educate or make her laugh (and sometimes both). Born a Crime is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
“I am a bad feminist. I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all.”

Bad Feminist made me discover the immense love I have for Roxane Gay. Now, I will read literally anything with her name on it.
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.!
Gay writes about race, gender, and pop culture with her sharp, funny, and spot-on look that I will forever treasure.

4. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero“For the thousands of nameless children who feel as forgotten as I did—this memoir is my gift to you. It’s as much for your healing as it is for my own.”

Similar to Born a Crime, Diane Guerrero’s memoir has stayed with me since my first read. Her honest and emotional take on everything she went through really hit me. Going into this I hadn’t known what to expect, but the minute I closed it, I knew this book was something else. In the Country We Love made me think, even weeks after I read the last page.

5. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

“Hello. I hope somebody is listening.”

Radio Silence is my favorite contemporary read of the year. It had everything I love thrown into one, what more can I ask for? It covers a wide range of topics, from racial and sexual diversity to great music recommendations, developed friendships and relationships, and so much more. 10/10 would recommend.

6. Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

No mourners, no funerals.

The Six of Crows Duology convinced me that Leigh Bardugo can do no wrong with her writing, characters and world-building. They’re phenomenal. Also, she’s the mastermind behind Kaz Brekker aka my favorite bastard of the Barrel. And since we get to know him and his backstory so well in the first book, my love for Six of Crows is a little more intense.
If you’re looking for a gripping and mind-blowing fantasy duology with the best cast of dangerous outcasts, this is it!


Those were my favorite reads of the year, thank you for reading! Be sure to let me know what were your favorite books of 2016.

Review: Why God Is a Woman by Nin Andrews

Two things instantly convinced me to pick this up:

  1. Why God Is a Woman is a collection of poems written about a magical island where women rule and men are the second sex. Exploring that concept seemed to be right up my alley.
  2. Also, that stunningly beautiful cover:

Going into this, I was hoping for a collection focused heavily on equal rights, pay, respect, and representation, but Why God Is a Woman didn’t really know where to put its focus. It rather relies more on the superficial side of the movement: barbies (or Boberto dolls as they’re called in this collection), weddings, genital tattoos (for real), Angelina Jolie, wingspan (I’m???)… And I was left feeling quite disappointed.

Maybe it was just that I had such different expectations going into this, but Why God Is a Woman did not live up to the hype I had set up for it in my mind.

I did, however, enjoy a few poems and quotes that I would like to share next:

On the Island where I come from

parents worship their daughters. They invest all their hopes for the future in their girls, spoiling them rotten, letting them do and have whatever they wish. When I was a boy, my family was no different. While my sisters were allowed to go out night after night, I was never out of my parents’ sight. Like all proper Island boys, I knew I had to remain a virgin. I had to keep my reputation as clean as freshly bleached linen. But by the time I was twelve, I wanted to go out on the town. I wanted to fly around after dark. It’s not fair, I complained. My sisters don’t have to abide by the rules. Why do I? My father said what he always said. You aren’t a girl, son. God didn’t make us equals.

Until I was eighteen, my father kept me indoors, checking on me after he turned out the lights. A homemaker and charm-school graduate himself, he was forever tidying the kitchen and garden as well as my hair, my wardrobe and my changing moods. He knew when the first sign of desire crossed my mind, and when I kissed my neighbor, Angelina, on the sly. He knew when I smoked my first cigarette and drank beer with the cool kids after school. And he knew when anger flared beneath my obedient smile. Anger, he said, is unbecoming of a proper Island boy.”

“Alone, he stared at the wall, and when asked if he was okay, he didn’t answer. He couldn’t. He was drowning in a sorrow so deep, the words would not rise from his throat.”

On the Island where I come from

the first signs of puberty happen at night. A boy wakes to feel a fire inside him, like an ache, a hunger, an indefinable wish, followed by the first prickling of wings. It hurts so much when the wings break through the flesh, each wing-bone a knife in the skin. (Picture it as the sharp beak of a baby bird pecking its shell. Only the shell is a skin full of nerve-endings.) Then there is the blood, the shame, the need to cover it up so no one will know. This, the boy learns, is how it feels to be a man. Nothing he does, says, or prays can ever make him feel safe from what he has become.”

Why God Is a Woman

“When I was a boy, did I already tell you this? I had an ongoing conversation with God. I spoke to God loudly at the end of each day, complaining about the women who ran my life: my sisters, my mother, my aunt. One day my mother told me that God is a woman. She said someday I would understand.”


Overall, this collection was a bit of a let down because of its huge potential to succeed with a fascinating question such as: Why God Is a Woman. But you can’t always get what you want. And I’ll still be on the look out for more feminist poetry to enjoy.

3/5 stars

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