We Were Feminists Once

The first book I read this year was We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler. It's a fascinating examination of how brands have figured out how to market using the feminist agenda, and how that has hurt and helped the movement.

I also appreciated how Zeisler talks very frankly about the importance of intersectional feminism. The Women's March on Washington has definitely started a lot of conversations about the privilege surrounding white feminism and why it's so important for our feminism to be intersectional. We need to feminism to focus on racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, etc. We need to fight for everyone right now. So if you're confused about intersectionality, check out We Were Feminists Once. I think you'll enjoy it and hopefully expand your knowledge of this movement.

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November Wrap-Up: All the Audiobooks!

As I looked back on my Goodreads account today to see exactly what I read in November I couldn't believe that the only books I'm finished were audiobooks. I guess I shouldn't be too shocked since after the election I had some trouble getting the drive to actually pick up a book. Audiobooks are just much easier to get through when I'm running on the treadmill or taking my dog for a walk.

The first three audiobooks I finished were Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. This was an unintentional theme of strong women, but it was exactly what I needed to hear. Lab Girl was heartbreaking but fascinating. Hope Jaren worked so hard to put her mark in the science world, while at the same time fighting against her bipolar disorder. Year of Yes was inspiring and made me laugh out loud more times than is appropriate while walking alone outside. And Nora Ephron has owned my soul ever since I saw You've Got Mail. This is the first time I've read one of her books and I wasn't disappointed. It was light, funny, relatable, and exactly what I need to hear. Nora recounts some of the funniest stories from her life and talks frankly about what it's like to get older.

I finished the month by listening to The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, which is a sequel to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. This book was a last minute addition from my book club because we read the first book last December. It was the perfect little book to get me in the holiday spirit! The last book I finished in November was Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, which is another book club pick. It's about a British girl in the 1960's who wants to be a comedic actor like Lucille Ball. It's the first Nick Hornby book I've read and it was just as funny as his movies.

There were plenty of other books I started in November (or earlier) but just haven't finished yet. (Slow reader, ya know?) I'll have a post soon about my December TBR and my plan to finish the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge before 12/31.

Let me know what you read during November in the comments!

Reading and Running

Why would someone who is not a runner decide to sign up for a runDisney 10k in a different state, and only give themselves 9 weeks to train? I'm not sure, but it's something I just did. Maybe it's because I'm a huge Disney/Marvel fan, or maybe it's just because I want to prove that I can do it. (It's actually probably because I love shiny medals.)

I'm mostly a walker (with a little running when I feel like it), so my training sessions can be pretty long. Rather than just listening to the Hamilton soundtrack over and over again, I've decided to fill my 2 months of training with as many audiobooks as possible.

I started out listening to Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. This book clocks in at just under 12 hours, and since I usually listen to audiobooks on double speed I finished it just about 6 hours. The story is fun and fast paced. Marcus takes you through his whole life, from growing up in Ethiopia, to being adopted and moving to Sweden, all the way through starting at cooking school when we was 16, and all the way through becoming a celebrity chef. He talks about food and traveling, which really helps to take my mind off having to walk another mile.

After Yes, Chef I started When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. This memoir is about neurosurgeon resident, Paul Kalanithi, who is diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 36. This book is utterly heartbreaking, but Paul's inspiring fight  with cancer really kept me from complaining about having to train when my muscles were sore or that it's raining outside. I welled up with tears several times while listening to this short book (5.5 hours), and the epilogue written by his wife was especially lovely.

Now I'm reading The Argonauts, and I'll be following that up with The Opposite of Loneliness and Siracusa (not a memoir, but I've heard great things about the readers of this book).

If you have any recommendations of good memoirs (or any genre of book) to listen to while working out, let me know.