I Call Myself a Feminist…too!

As promised I wanted to write a little review about the latest book that has taken my attention. I Call Myself a Feminist is a book of essays by 25 women under the age of 30 on what feminism means to them and how they perceive feminism along with the daily struggles they face wearing the label in every day life.

c200170bc0b2f26f0d798701a31d9b3f.jpgWhy did I buy it? I’m under 30, I’m a feminist and I couldn’t not. I’ve been a feminist all my life I think, the truth is I’ve never really identified with a specific group. I was brought up by my parents, two strong successful individuals and part of the family business for the first 13 years of my life. I’ve always been a part of the adult world and I don’t think it’s done me any harm. Growing up I was encouraged to ask questions and learn how things work, people have generally always listened to my opinions too. I see the balance of power in my house equal and I suppose naïvely I expected my life to continue this way. Then I grew up and learnt that I was one of the lucky ones.

New-Feminism.jpgEach contribution to the book resonated with me in some way and I read each essay hoping for a chance to sit in the same room with them all round the dinner table. It would be the most epic of dinner parties! I want to grab a cup of coffee with Hajar, learn more about Paris’s experiences, I want to highfive Amy and give Samira a hug. Jessica has made me stop and question my own actions and Maysa has such a fantastic view of the world.

 

I’ve never read a book quite like this one and its made me even more of a feminist than I already was to start with. Its a book for girls of every age to read, its a book I wish I’d read as a student too. I have trawled through this book with a pack of (flower shaped) post it notes and a (pink) highlighter and one I will read again and again. It has also inspired a few posts I plan to write on Feminism so keep an  eye out for those in the upcoming month or so.

Should you read it? Yes.

5 stars!

Next on the list: Everyday Sexism

 

 

 

#100HappyDaysMVS Day 1-5

We got off to a cracking start don’t you think?

Here is my days 1 – 5 in pictures.

 

For those more observant of you will notice there are 6 photos here. I peaked a little too early on Day 4, possibly due to a caffeine overdose, and i couldn’t not share my selfie with my beautiful best friend at the Christmas Market!!

Photos that nearly made it:

Een nieuw huis voor Tom!

A great way of learning a language in the context of actual sentences and stories is children’s books. There are a few really famous Dutch ones and i have managed to come across some pdf stories. I’ve found quiet a few about a dog named Waldo, some are generic and some are Christmas themed. I’ve saved them all onto my laptop but cant find what website I found them from to tell you all. I will tag the pdf in this post though if any of you fancy a read. I was quite impressed with how much I understood of the text i read “EEN NIEUW HUIS VOOR TOM“. I’d say from the first read through I understood about 60%. When I went through it again page by page that probably increased to about 75%. I was very impressed. Here is my understanding of the story on a semi-page by page basis:Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 22.51.18

Continue reading Een nieuw huis voor Tom!

Review: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

I guess I am a little bit behind the times with writing a review about The Fault In Our Stars. It was written in 2012 and it has just been made into a film I have heard so many people rave about this movie that I decided to get myself the book and then catch it at the cinema. I really have missed the hype on this as my local cinema isn’t even showing it anymore but never the less I have only just read the book and deem it worthy of a review on this blog due to about 40% of it being set in or about Holland. Here is my honest review, views are my own and purely down to my opinion after reading this. 

Continue reading Review: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green