Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners


OMG was a great follow up to Dr. Mutter. This talks about what the women had to go through living in Victorian times. This book covers just about everything from cooking to dirt. There was a lot of dirt.

Therese Oneill wrote the most amazing book life in Victorian times. This book was snarky but in a very informative way. I did read some reviews on the book and some people did not like that but I loved it. If the book was just facts tossed at me I do not think I would have liked it as much.

Things that I learned. I love the suffrage movement. I love that I can wear pants, and have antibiotics. I love that I can call someone and not have to wait for a letter. I love that most of the time a doctor will listen to me.

This book will forever change the way that a person looks at books, movies, and TV shows that are set in Victorian times.


Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions



Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Was another audiobook, and it was amazing. I just wish that the author had read this book. I would have loved to hear her voice and inflection.

I also wish that I had this book when my son was little. It had so many good nuggets of information in it, I would have used it to raise him. I wish I had this book when my sister had her children I would have given her a copy.

This is a letter to a friend of the author who had asked her to help her how to raise a feminist. I loved the bit about colors, toys, and being who you are.

Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine



This was the first audiobook that I read this year and yes I do count it as reading. I have a commute that is brutal, and I would never get any paper reading done if I did not also read audio books.

Dr. Mutter’s Marvels written by Cristin O.Keefe Aptowicz was an amazing book that made me glad that I did not live back when he was practicing. He did help and change the medical field in many great ways. At the time that he practiced surgery, the doctors were more like butchers. However, that is being harsh on butchers. Doctors did not wash their hands or instruments. They did not have anesthesia and operated on people who were awake. Bleeding and leechcraft where still one of the best ways to treat people.

At this time Doctors thought that women were the weaker sex and could not learn, nor deserve medical treatment. They thought women suffered from hysteria and that treatment could be anything from taking a pill to bathing to being committed.

Out of all of the doctors that were written about in this book I would have liked to meet Dr. Mutter. The other with my modern view of the world, I could not stand.

TBR Pile Challenge List 2018

  1. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Lepore
  2. The Dead Janitors Club by Klima
  3. The Lost Goddess by Knox
  4. Quiet by Cain
  5. The $64 Tomato by Alexander (Read)
  6. Six of Crows by Bardugo
  7. Eruption by Olson (Read)
  8. One Man’s Trash by Coyote
  9. Sixpence House by Collins
  10. The Killings at Badgers Drift by Graham
  11. Ghost Hunters by Blum
  12. Portlandtown by DeBorde

My two alternatives.

  1. Adventures With the Wife in Space by Perryman
  2. A Natural History of Dragons by Brennan

Reading Goals

My reading goals for the year.

#1. Read 100 books this is a Goodreads challenge.

#2. TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Roofbeam Reader. I have to compile my list of books for this.

#3. Read 12 books for reading around the world. I still cannot find a book for Andorra.

#4 Try to blog when I finish a book. So far this year I have read three books and have not posted about them.

#5 Limit by book exchanges to just a few that mean something to me.

Akata Warrior


Just hush up and take my money. Akata Warrior is the second in the Akata books, the first being Akata Witch. Yes, this is another Nnedi Okorafor book.

It is just as good as the first one, and for some series of books that is hard to do. The trouble that she gets into, the infighting in the group, the way the dynamics change.

There are also truths in here, the truth about the colleges is scary. Nigeria would not be an easy place for me to live. I would not be able to adhere to what is expected of a woman there.

How do I explain this without giving the book away? I don’t think that I can, it is just too much in here. It is like eating something where each bite is the best one ever, but each bite is just a bit different.

Binti: Home



Yes, another book by Nnedi Okorafor. This one is the second book in the Binit series, and there will be more. Binti Home is just 162 pages and it packs so much into it.

There are characters that are nonbinary, and one that is trans. There is PTSD, there is the threat of war, there is discovering the protagonist predigest. There is a trip home, there is losing self, finding self, accepting change and learning truths. There is rejection, anger, hope, pain and the list goes on.

This book took me a bit longer to read than the other one. I have PTSD and while my triggers are not hers, I know what she is feeling when she experiences her PTSD.  I have recommended this book to friends of mine who work with kids.

I should just give Ms. Okorafor all the money. Oh OH, and it turns out the next book is coming out in January!!