Since Pay and I only get to discuss two Things during our chats, we wanted to share a few other Things we’ve gotten to between episodes. And boy howdy, I’ve been catching up on my To-read pile. Just so happens that all these books are by rad women! As usual with OYTT, possible spoilers ahead. Let’s get to it, shall we?
One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk
Lindsey Kelk is a regular on Tights and Fights — my favorite wrestling podcast — and I kept meaning to check out her books. I picked up One in a Million from my local library (Support libraries y’all. They’re more than a building full of books, though they have plenty of that too!) and really enjoyed it. In a nutshell, it’s a modern take on My Fair Lady. Digital marketing extraordinaire Annie is tasked with making her new office mate — Sam, a historian who’s a bit of a Luddite — go from 0 to 20,000 Instagram followers in one month. It’d been a while since I read a fun romance, and this certainly scratched that itch. Plus I’m a sucker for secretly sexy nerds who own cats.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
(No picture because I read this on my phone like some sort of modern lady.) I’m not a fan of The Magicians, so the Lev Grossman pull quote gave me pause. But the book came recommended by someone who knows me pretty dang well, so gave it a shot. The multiple narrators took a bit to get used to…OK I’m going to cut to the chase. I wanted there to be more making out! The build up to the making out was long, and then once it happened I didn’t get as much making out as I wanted! OK, sure, the characters have to save magic and the world or whatever, but gimme some more gay kissing! Apparently this is only the first in the series, so maybe there will be more kissing in the second book? In the meantime, there’s probably some fan fiction somewhere…
Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir & Steenz
A spooky comic about a creepy museum archive and a main character who struggles with anxiety? Sign. Me. The. Fuck. Uuuuuup. The story also deals a bit with medical history, which like a lot of history, is pretty fucked up. I’m a fan of Steenz’s art style, which is cute but not one note, and really dug it here. I’ve also been enjoying Rolled & Tolled which Steenz edits. It’s a series with great maps and pieces for your tabletop RPG, paired with great illustrators from folks I really enjoy, like Rachel Dukes. Get at it nerds!
Still Reading: Feminasty by Erin Gibson
Heck yes to all of this. I loved Erin’s segments on Infomania in college, and Throwing Shade is in regular rotation on my podcast playlist. No surprise that I’m loving this book. Erin Gibson is great at serving the feminist truth with that comedy sugar. Also, she has opened my eyes to the truth about chunky-necklace-wearing ladies. For a long time I fell into the trap of believing feminist stereotypes and straw feminism, so coming to call myself a feminist has been a long journey, one I’m still on because there is still so much to learn! I’m only human, and I’m getting better at being a human every day! Another source for this journey is The Guilty Feminist, a podcast out of the UK which is a great listen for anyone who feels like they can’t be a good feminist if they aren’t perfect. None of us are perfect! Let’s be imperfect together!