Saturday, March 2, 2024

My TBR for The Sims Readathon


The Sims Readathon is a month long readathon in March based on the video game The Sims. It is hosted by @AshleyReads and can be found @SimsReadathon.

The YouTube announcement video can be found here,

There are four teams that were assigned to everyone participating. I was put on Team Landgraab.

My TBR is as follows:

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Ten Books to Read For Women's History Month

An easily-understood and interesting set of historical perspectives on the evolution of women's place in the world. Discusses women's past and present roles in politics, their contributions to society, the idea of the 'working woman', and other past and modern aspects of womanhood.

2, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Segregated from their white counterparts, these ‘coloured computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets and astronauts, into space. Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War and the women’s rights movement, ‘Hidden Figures’ interweaves a rich history of mankind’s greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.

3. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan 
Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto.

Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff, provides an electrifying, fresh view of the Salem witch trials.Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis. Along with suffrage and Prohibition, the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history. Drawing masterfully on the archives, Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk

Angela Davis provides a powerful history of the social and political influence of whiteness and elitism in feminism, from abolitionist days to the present, and demonstrates how the racist and classist biases of its leaders inevitably hampered any collective ambitions. While Black women were aided by some activists like Sarah and Angelina Grimke and the suffrage cause found unwavering support in Frederick Douglass, many women played on the fears of white supremacists for political gain rather than take an intersectional approach to liberation.

My Own Words offers Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her enslaved ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.

Ahed Tamimi is a world-renowned Palestinian activist, born and raised in the small West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, which became a center of the resistance to Israeli occupation when an illegal, Jewish-only settlement blocked off its community spring. Tamimi came of age participating in nonviolent demonstrations against this action and the occupation at large. Her global renown reached an apex in December 2017, when, at sixteen years old, she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier who refused to leave her front yard. The video went viral, and Tamimi was arrested.

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period.

In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things Getting in the Way of Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme and blog hop hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This prompt was from May 16 but it fits perfectly with what I wanted to write about. The topic is Things Getting in the Way of Reading.

I have had bad years when I didn't read very much but this year is by far the worst. Fortunately, we are only halfway through the year so all is not lost. Maybe making this list will help me figure out why I'm struggling so much. Here are ten reasons (excuses?) for why I'm not reading as much as I want to.

1. I can't focus. Is it undiagnosed ADHD? Being 48 yrs old and going through perimenopause? Both?

2. I work 3rd shift. This means I have a crazy sleep schedule. When I do try to read I tend to fall asleep.

3. Young adult fantasy has always been my favorite genre but I feel like I'm too old for many of these books. I'm struggling to find another favorite genre.

4. I keep playing The Sims 4 instead of reading.

5. Maybe this is a hot take but I don't think books are as well written as they used to be. I start books but don't feel compelled to keep reading. I DNF so many books.

6. I tried audiobooks but I got in trouble at work because they slow me down. I work as a grocery stocker and am supposed to stock 55 cases per hour. I can't do that and concentrate on listening to an audiobook at the same time.

7. I got banned from checking out physical copies of books from the library because of damage to some books. I swear it wasn't my fault!

8. My own books were also damaged and I had to throw away almost every book that I own. 

9. I've replaced some of them but that can get expensive.

10. I watch too much Youtube. I find myself going down rabbit holes and watching videos on science, history, serial killers, aliens, analyzing how historically accurate the clothing is in Shrek...

Did this list help me figure out my issues with not reading as much as I'd like to?

Monday, November 14, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I’d Like to Start or Continue

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme and blog hop hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This prompt was from November 8 but after updating my Series I Have Read page I realized I'd really like to continue some series that I stopped reading. There's also some new movies and TV shows based on series so I'd like to start those.

Series I Want to Start

Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches is an upcoming series on AMC+

The School for Good and Evil is a film on Netflix.

Someday I will see the Broadway musical Wicked.

This was made into a TV minseries back in 2001.

Five Series I Want to Continue

This has been made into the series A Discovery of Witches.

This had been made in the series Outlander. I've only read the first book.

The second book in the series releases Jan 10, 2023.

I need to read the third book in the series,.

I need to read the third book in the series.

If White Pride Knew About Alchemy it Would Blow Their Minds

I was on Twitter yesterday in a thread responding to someone who posted that they are proud to be white. I'm sure it's not shocking when I tell you this person was a MAGA. While she claimed her white pride wasn't about racism but her ancestry, it was a dog whistle for dozens of racist, white pride replies. Some of which were targeted towards "white haters." One particular tweet shared this meme:
I particularly want to address the concept on the meme "We don't need you." The person who made this meme and all who share it are profoundly misinformed.  What they don't realize is that the building blocks of technology such as language, writing, math, and science weren't discovered or created by white people at all. However, it's not actually because they are racist. It's because our society is. It's no secret that white men are given credit for almost everything. The sad truth is the real history of our world simply isn't taught. It's embarrassing to admit but I wouldn't have known the truth about history either if it were a year ago.

The reason this meme caught my attention is because I've been learning about alchemy this past year. I've learned that if you want to know the true history of anything you must look at the occult. Perhaps that's why it's "hidden" in the first place. There's so much that textbooks refuse to acknowledge. The role alchemy played in the development of modern science is one of those hidden things. I don't know if that's because it's considered the occult, too fanciful, or because it's not about white people. It's probably a combination of all these things.

Who invented language?
While language was part of primitive man, the oldest known system of language and writing was invented by the Sumerians between 3100-3500 BCE. The Sumerians lived in Mesopotamia which is now modern Iraq. The oldest proof of written Sumerian was found in Iraq on an artifact known as the Kish Tablet. 

Who invented math?
Again we have the Sumerians to thank. The earliest evidence of written mathematics dates back to the ancient Sumerians. They developed a complex system of metrology around 3000 BC. The Sumerians were the first civilization to have developed a counting system. It is a common belief that some of the oldest and most basic mathematical functions, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division originated with the Sumerians.

Who invented science?
A simple Google search will tell you Aristotle was the "father of science." However, anyone who has studied the occult and alchemy know science existed long before Aristotle. 

Alchemy was born in ancient Egypt, where the word Khem was used in reference to the fertility of the flood plains around the Nile. By 332 BC, Alexander the Great had conquered Egypt. With this Greek philosophers became interested in the Egyptian ways and merged many of their concepts including the idea of the four elements. The result was Khemia, the Greek word for Egypt. 

However alchemy was something meant to be because it was also developed by the Taoist monks in China as well as India. These alchemists in India even invented steel. While these countries were skilled at alchemy, it was in the 7th century when the Arabs arrived in Egypt and took it to the next level. The Egyptian alchemists had developed advanced practical knowledge in the fields of pharmacology and metal, stone, and glass working. (This means the claim on the meme that white people are responsible for modern medicine is actually false. Not to mention the development of herbal knowledge but that's beyond the scope of this article.) Without these alchemists, chemistry and pharmacology would not have existed.

The Western world was introduced to alchemy by Arabs in the 8th century when they brought it to Spain. Jabir ibn Hayyan is famously known as the "father of chemistry." Muhammad ibn Zakariya Al-Razi work became the basis for the European students of medicine and this led to pharmacology. 

The practice of alchemy spread throughout Europe and it was after this that it was developed into what we think of as science. Aristotle may have been given the title the "father of science" but it was the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, and Arabs that crawled so he could walk and eventually all of the inventors in this meme could run. 

Other technological advances included blacksmithing which was invented in Egypt. Egypt was also the first shipbuilders. Nails were also invented by the Egyptians around 3400 BCE and have retained their basic design. Archeologists discovered the oldest known hammer, which dates to the prehistoric age, in Kenya in 2015. 

White people clearly did need people of other races, cultures, and nationalities to invent all of the things in the meme. Without the knowledge and work of the Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, and Arab alchemists our modern industry and technology wouldn't even exist. Basic tools and blacksmithing were invented in Egypt and Africa millennia before these white inventors even existed. To give these white inventors credit for all of technology and science is ridiculous. To claim we don't need other races and cultures is downright absurd. We are one race, the human race, and all have contributed to modern science and technology.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Reasons I Love Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme and blog hop hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

The topic this week is Top 10 Reasons I Love Reading

1. I learn new things.

2. It's something I can do alone.

3. But when I'm done reading alone I can join the fandoms and talk about what we read.

4. The way they smell. 

5. The way they feel.

6. Libraries are the best because you can borrow books for free.

7. It's the only romance in my life.

8. The books are always canon. 

9. You can never run out of books to read.

10. It's like TV in your head!