Library Loot: Invisible Women, Peer Pressure and Folklore
Libraries are amazing. I am still dumbfounded by the level of service that they offer, almost completely for free! Even the charges that exist are nominal and there is something about a library that inherently makes it a comfortable, welcoming place to be.
I love libraries and my boyfriend often laughs at me when we visit a new place and I want to check out the library while there!
Here are a few titles I picked up from the library this week:
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman.
Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.
Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez brings together for the first time an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact this has on their health and well-being. From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media, Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.
I remember reading a study, years ago, about how women were much more likely to suffer adverse reactions to prescription drugs than men, because many drugs had never been tested on women and did not take into account differences in physiology and hormones. It blew my mind, in a similar way to reading Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, where one of the white characters (The minority in this world) uses a brown plaster which is designed to be ‘skin tone’ for the ruling classes (who, in the book world, are black).
I had been unaware of so many unconscious biases in society and how these biases can be accepted as normal because we are so accustomed to them that we never really stop to think about them. Why is it that pregnant women cannot take pretty much any medicines? Because they have never been tested on women in the first place, let alone in a study looking at hormone levels, etc.
I am really excited to read this book, although I know that it will only make me angrier at a world where the status quo is male.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
Honestly, I will admit that I wasn’t initially interested in this book at all. Neither the cover nor the summary particularly grabbed me so I thought that I would give it a miss. But I have heard so many great things about it that I just had to grab it when I spotted it at the library. Hope I enjoy it!
When We Were Warriors by Emma Carroll
A body washed up on the beach…
Evacuation to an old house with forbidden rooms and dark secrets…
An animal rescue service…
In these short stories set in World War Two, Emma Carroll explores the resilience, resourcefulness and inventiveness of children when their lives fall to pieces. Introducing some compelling new characters, as well as revisiting some familiar settings, these adventures are sure to win over new readers, as well as fans of old favourites such as Letters from the Lighthouse and Frost Hollow Hall.
I will read anything Emma Carroll writes (although I quibble with the summary writer that Letters from the Lighthouse is an ‘old’ favourite, considering that was only published in 2017! I am hoping that these stories can be read as stand-alone, even if they make reference to other books, because that way they would work for a wider range of the readers in my school – a nod to the ‘old’ favourites for converted fans and an accessible introduction for those who are yet to have the pleasure of reading all of her other books!
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jones
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying.
This is another that I am unsure if I will enjoy or not, but I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and try new reads. I spotted this on the ‘New Releases’ shelf at the library and decided to give it a chance, even if I’m not generally a big reader of crime or thriller books.
The Plague Stones by James Brogden
From the critically acclaimed author of Hekla’s Children comes a dark and haunting tale of our world and the next.
Fleeing from a traumatic break-in, Londoners Paul and Tricia Feenan sell up to escape to the isolated Holiwell village where Tricia has inherited a property. Scattered throughout the settlement are centuries-old stones used during the Great Plague as boundary markers. No plague-sufferer was permitted to pass them and enter the village. The plague diminished, and the village survived unscathed, but since then each year the village trustees have insisted on an ancient ceremony to renew the village boundaries, until a misguided act by the Feenans’ son then reminds the village that there is a reason traditions have been rigidly stuck to, and that all acts of betrayal, even those committed centuries ago, have consequences…
This sounds deliciously dark and creepy. I am not a massive fan of horror (due to my overactive imagination and vivid nightmares!) but I do enjoy old traditions and dark folklore so this sounds like my cup of tea! I have always been fascinated by standing stones, dolmens, witch marks, ogham carvings and how stones have been used to mark boundaries and hold records over thousands of years of human civilization. I am planning to read this sandwiched between two happier, lighter books, just in case it is really scary!
What did you think of my choices this week?
Did you spot any you might read?
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.
See my previous library loots here:
What do you think of the books I have chosen?
Would you like to read any of them?
Are there any you would recommend me moving straight to the top of the TBR list?
Do you have a library near you?
How often do you borrow books?
Do you ever buy books after having already read them? (I do, all the time!)
Thanks for reading!