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Comments for On My Wishlist: June 25, 2011

On My Wishlist: June 25, 2011: 06/24/11

On My WishlistLast week Book Chick City didn't post an On My Wishlist. I don't know if she will this week or not. Regardless, I'm going to keep posting updates. It's a good way for me to keep track of my progress as I attempt to read through my wishlist.

I've finished my third week of summer school. So far the work load is very manageable. This week we had not home projects but we did have a heat wave. We don't have A/C so reading while boiling alive isn't exactly fun. Nor is it easy to sleep on hot nights.

I finished The Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato. It wasn't quite what I'd hoped it would be. I also finished The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto which was on my wishlist briefly before NetGalley offered me the chance to review it. I will be getting the review posted in July.

I'm about a third of the way through Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman. I heard about this book after reading The Night Villa. It's a pretty good modern day Gothic mystery set a small liberal arts college run possibly by Wiccans. I have a few quibbles with how the college is described. I probably wouldn't notices these details if my husband hadn't recently started teaching at a small college.

Upcoming wishlist reads include (they are in my hands waiting to be read):

  • These Granite Islands by Sarah Stonich
  • The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
  • Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by written by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  • Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
  • Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (recommended by Bookalicious Pam)
  • Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

The Featured Wish for June 25, 2010:

cover artDelusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine (Recommended by NPR)

A vehement dismantling of the latest pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the sexes.

Sex-based discrimination is supposedly a relic of the distant past. Yet popular books, magazines, and even scientific articles increasingly defend continuing inequalities between the sexes by calling on immutable biological differences between the male and the female brain. Why are there so few women in science and engineering, so few men in the laundry room? Well, they say, it’s our brains. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and education, Delusions of Gender rebuts these claims, showing how old myths, dressed up in new scientific finery, help perpetuate the status quo. This book reveals the brain’s remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity, and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider “hardwired” is actually malleable, empowering us to break free of the supposed predestination of our sex chromosomes.

A friend of mine posted a link to the NPR article that discusses this book. As I've never thought of myself in terms of my biological sex or my marriage or my children. Yes, I have a husband and I've borne two children but neither of those things define who I am. My son is just as against this sort of self categorization as I am so I'm curious to see what the book has to say.



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Comment #1: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 11:12:44

Safari Poet

I never know the books you have on your wishlist, so I'm always in for a surprise :-)

Have a great weekend!



Comment #2: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:31:11

Pussreboots

I learn about them from book blogs and friends but my tastes are pretty eclectic.



Comment #3: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 11:16:56

Heidi @ heaven is a bookstore

I was just listening to the news yesterday and they were talking about raising children gender-neutral and though I am not a fan of typing children to boys and girls, I wasn't sure we wouldn't go completely in the opposite direction either. One extreme to another.



Comment #4: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:34:11

Pussreboots

We just dressed our two yellows, greens, oranges and browns when they were infants. In the end though both my son and daughter ended up with very similar tastes and the same favorite color, pink. But we didn't do anything too extreme. We mostly just avoid saying things like "boys do this" or "girls do that."



Comment #5: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 12:07:06

kay

Great wish list of books to read! I have 13 little blue envelops on mine too, as well as Keeping you a Secret. I really enjoyed Rampant and hope you do, too! Hopefully you can add that other book to your pile soon :)



Comment #6: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:45:20

Pussreboots

I just finished Keeping You a Secret this afternoon. I thought I had another renew on it but someone else had put it on hold. So my three weeks left dropped down to four days! Rampant is in my hands as is everything else in the bulleted list.



Comment #7: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 12:14:01

Grace Fonseca

Interesting choice. Not my genre. Hope you get this book soon.



Comment #8: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:50:21

Pussreboots

I probably won't get it until next year, asuming that my library or one nearby picks up a copy.



Comment #9: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 17:00:48

Melissa (Books and things)

Some of these books come off as so contrived. I hope this isn't the case here!



Comment #10: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:53:10

Pussreboots

This one sounds like it's a pretty straight up study. I'll get it reviewed if I find a copy to read.



Comment #11: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 18:39:59

Alaiel Kreuz

Thanks for the comment, I see that you have a lot on your wishlist xD
Don't worry, all you need is more time, hehe.

I'm following you now. Hugs!



Comment #12: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:55:23

Pussreboots

All the books on the bulleted list are here and waiting to be read. But my GoodReads wishlist is over 800 now.



Comment #13: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 20:22:48

Kah Woei @ The Books of My Lif

Good for you! Hope you'll have fun reading all those books on your wish list...



Comment #14: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:57:02

Pussreboots

Thank you. I hope I do too.



Comment #15: Saturday, June, 25, 2011 at 23:40:50

April

Huh. Very interesting pick. I don't read a lot of Non-fiction myself but I hope you enjoy it once you get around to reading it! :)

My Wishlist



Comment #16: Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 22:59:34

Pussreboots

About a quarter of what I read is non-fiction.



Comment #17: Sunday, June, 26, 2011 at 02:18:56

Nana

Hello! Thanks for the comment that you posted on my blog! If you like it, could you please tell other people about it, too? Thanks! Have a nice day!



Comment #18: Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 21:57:21

Pussreboots

I do tweet reviews I like from blogs I read. Happy reading.



Comment #19: Monday, June, 27, 2011 at 07:31:26

Alaiel Kreuz

That's a great list! I like to pass by and see what you have, it's a good selection of books.

Thanks for passing by my blog and commenting^^

Hugs,

Alaiel



Comment #20: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 22:05:13

Pussreboots

Thanks. I ended up finishing three books from my wishlist TBR over the weekend. They were all suddenly due at the library! So next week's list will be very different.





Recent posts

Month in review

Reviews
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
Babymouse Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Babymouse Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Bite Me by Christopher Moore
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
For Biddle's Sake by Gail Carson Levine
Fullmetal Alchemist 03 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 04 by Hiromu Arakawa
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNaple
The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald
The Lost Elephants of Kenyisha by Ken Altabef
Mercury by Hope Larson
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc
The Odyssey (All Action Classics 03) by Homer and Tim Mucci
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Queer Phenomenology by Sara Ahmed
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Twin Spica 01 by Kou Yaginuma
Twin Spica 02 by Kou Yaginuma
Urgent 2nd Class by Nick Bantock
The Way They Wove the Spells in Sippulgar by Robert Silverberg
West Coast Journeys by Caroline C. Leighton
Writers of the Future by Charles Oberndorf

Miscellany
Canadian Book Challenge 5
Twenty-four Years of Reading
Why YA Matters to Me

Previous month