January Reading List
I’ve had quite a number of people ask me what books I’ve been reading, what books I recommend (especially comics) and so I decided I’m going to start writing more about books here on Knee Sock Chronicles. If you click on the cover images, it’ll take you to my Amazon affiliate link to buy the book.
As always, if you want to see a more comprehensive list of what I have read, want to read, or am currently reading, you can always find me on Goodreads.
Here’s what I finished this month
At first glance, it’s a lesbian BDSM erotica graphic novel written by a white dude. That last part often turns me off but I just love his artwork so much so I finally hunkered down last month and this month and read these two large volumes which contain the full story of Ally and Lisa. Yes, it IS lesbian BDSM erotica but it’s so much more. It’s a really well-done romance that interweaves very human stories with relatable characters and gorgeous, sexy, heartfelt, and heartbreaking artwork.
I thought this book had a lot of good information, many things that had me nodding and cringing because I have witnessed these habits first-hand in myself and in those closest to me. I do think this book is unnecessarily gendered; it focuses on women and that these are all things women do when that is just not true. I definitely recommend this read, especially for anyone who is feeling “stuck” or even that you “should be happier” than you are feeling right now.
How to Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh
This book was… not good. Lilly Singh is a YouTube star that is probably pretty spectacular at doing that. What this book definitely does have going for it is that the author is a FANTASTIC cheerleader. There are bits that definitely left me feeling empowered and motivated. But a lot of the advise is pretty awful. There was a bit about how maybe if your boyfriend cheats on you it’s your fault? And then a weird “god is the biggest bawse” interlude. I 100% acknowledge that I am not the audience for this book; however, it’s still not great.
Highlights from my Currently Reading pile
Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath
This is what Cole and I are reading right now at bedtime. Well, I mean, what Cole is reading aloud to me at bedtime. I love, love, love this book. Each story about a badass woman from history or fairy tales gets me so jazzed. The writing is accessible and candid, the artwork is fun, and I end up falling in love with each and every one of the women we read about. This book is not for children and has trigger warning signals before each story so you know what you’re getting into. Each story is anywhere from 2 – 4 pages or so. We’re trying to get through this as fast as we can because the author’s next book, Tough Mothers, is already available for pre-order and comes out this April.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
After reading the not great self-help above, I decided to move on to something hopefully more fun. I’m about 5 or 6 chapters into this book and I’m enjoying it. I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say I’m super happy that the main character is an asexual woman of color who is bi-romantic. On top of that, it’s really great that she is also not the only character of color in the book. I’m loving all the diverse characters I’m meeting. I don’t typically read romance, but I received this as an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) and I’m enjoying it so far.