Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

I haven't been reading lately and it's been getting me down. I'm so excited that Dewey's is here to rescue me! I have the entire day off so I'm hoping to jumpstart my reading .

  • My goal is to read at least eight books! i have a monster stack of TBR Books! Look for my updates @yogikai under the hashtag #readathon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Other Boy by M.G. Hennssey

This is the story A young boy who has a great life. He easily  balances, friends, school, baseball, and a possible budding romance with the girl of his dreams.

Yet there is more to Shane's story and when a jealous bully finds out a secret about Shane's past it has the potential to destroy his future. 

This book is an exploration of what hurdles  young transgender teens face everyday. From Shane's Father's inability to accept a treatment that will prevent Shane from developing into a woman, to the challenges of gender and relationships. 

I really loved that the author had Shane so clearly knowing he was a boy. It's something Shane has felt from early childhood and he has the gift of a Mother willing to let him take that journey. 

The book does choose to limit the severity of repercussions that trans children face, but only  so the narrative can focus on Shane's emotional landscape.

A beautiful read with a great message.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Lure Of Persuasion

I have been slowly collecting the hardcover versions of Jane Austen's novels from Penguin, I love the beautiful cover designs and the introductions.

Persuasion has been a favorite of mine since I first read it. While I thrill at Elizabeth's wit in Pride & Prejudice, Maryanne's ability to throw herself fully into life and Love in Sense & Sensibility, it is quiet restrained Anne who I feel a special kinship.

I spent many years being the duitiful child. It was my nature and a cultivated skill to keep me sane in times of upheavel at home. When a chance came for me to take a risk in moving across state I leapt at it. 

But not everyone has that strength and so reading the opening chapters of persuasion and seeing how Anne had allowed her self to be talked out of a love match, my heart ached for her.

So much of persuasion seems to be leading to a second heartbreak for Anne. First she is thrown back into the company of her jilted lover, she also must watch him possibly woo and marry one of her relatives.

Misunderstandings abound and it isn't until fully clear if she will have her chance of happiness. 

I look forward to diving into this narrative work for the second time.