Hi All. Please excuse my absence this month. My third book (Ethnic Knitting Discovery, having nothing to do with skepchickism) has just been released and I’m doing a blog book tour, plus catching up on some straggler freelance work that just won’t seem to come to an end.
I’ve got two more books that I’d like to read this year and I’d like your input on which to read first. Here are the choices:
Feminism isn’t dead. It just isn’t very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagates on her popular website, Feministing.com.
Covering a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more, Valenti provides young women a primer on why feminism matters.
Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues. No belaboring where today’s young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with, something they can own. Full Frontal Feminism is sending out the message to readers â€” yeah, you’re feminists, and that’s actually pretty frigging cool.
The second book is The Golden Compass, the first in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy. Since this is coming out as a movie in winter, I thought it would be fun to read first. I hate seeing movies before I’ve read the book. It just flattens out the story and takes about half the fun out of reading for me. Again, a blurb from amazon:
Some books improve with age–the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman’s heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra’s Oxford is not precisely like our own–nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal dÃ¦mon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied…
In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children’s book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn’t speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end.
The author also has excerpts on his website.
So, what’s your vote?