I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

November Books 2011

Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites by Ellen Schreiber A book so forgettable that I had forgotten everything about it until I went to the author’s site, so that I could remember its name. Alas, the girl I work with loves this series and so I am condemned to read book after book from it. Fortunately, we only have a few more books left in the series to read. Alexander’s vampiric best friend, Sebastian, comes to town and falls for Raven’s mortal best friend. That’s it. That’s the whole freakin’ story. The town Raven lives in is called “Dullsville,” but that’s what I’d call this whole series of books. 

 A Long and Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott – This is a fabulous book with drama and suspense around every turn. It’s such a daring work that it’s hard to believe that it is written by the same author that brought us “Little Women!” Alcott wrote this sensationalist drama for a magazine to pay her bills. She was asked to end each chapter with such intrigue and excitement so that the reader would not be able to wait to read the next issue. But Alcott didn’t just want to pay the bills, but to also write something of substance and shock. The story proved to be so shocking that it was banned for a long time and once I had read the ending, I was shocked too. But this is not just a shocking story, but a feminist story of substance about why it should be easier for womyn to obtain divorces. (Remember this was written in the late 1800s…) This is a book I will definitely read again.
(Louisa May Alcott)