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A look inside my writing routine and rituals


Reading while writing


Some things I've read recently. :)


Yep, some stuff!

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This book is important and worth reading, up there with Orwell's 1984, but with a female spin. There's a 'what if' appeal to this book--what if this really happened to us?--but I think it's also important to remember that there are women throughout the world that live lives not so very far off from Offred's. 

The book is very heavy-handed, and spends too much time repeating how miserable Offred is. She brings this home very powerfully, and then just...keeps bringing it home. I wish that time had been spend in other ways, but this is a small criticism that should prepare you rather than dissuade you from reading the book. 

Also, beware that her use of words is dramatic, bold, and jarring. I think this is a good thing, but others may not. Offred plays with words; my belief is that she does this because she's no longer allowed to read or write, so playing with words in her thoughts is the only relationship she has with them anymore. The result can be discordant and off-putting, but in a good way, if that makes sense--Atwood, via Offred uses this word-play to challenge our use of language and how it transmits our opinions about women and men in our world. At least that's what I got from it. 

Lost CatLost Cat by Caroline Paul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This book is a sweet, charming gem for any cat lover. It's short and reads fast, but it packs a punch in terms of content. It takes you on four journeys--a woman's emotional journey, a cat's emotional journey (told through evidence!), the deepening of a relationship between two partners, and the deepening of understanding between a cat and her human. The pictures and drawings are used to excellent effect to tell the story in the best way possible. I never wanted this book to end. :) 

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