Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Crave

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week, we’re compiling lists of the non-book but book-related things we desire. So,

1. Pipe shelves:

2. Floor to ceiling shelves:

Ladder, too.

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“Tender,” or How To Make Vegetables Unhealthy

I got a cookbook for Christmas called “Tender.”  It’s all about growing and preparing vegetables. As someone who needs to eat more, and enjoys growing, vegetables, and someone who appreciates unnecessarily fancy cookbooks, this book appealed to me when I first stumbled across it on Amazon.  “Tender” had been sitting on my wishlist for a while because it seemed a little intimidating and because, well, I like having long lists of books. This Christmas, though, I finally decided to just ask for it.

Then it arrived.  It is an incredibly intimidating book in person.

First of all, its size ranks it somewhere between hardcover “Song of Ice & Fire” books and a standard college textbook.  Second, the author’s name is Nigel.  Third, there’s a lot of text.  I enjoy cookbooks that merge anecdotes and recipes – cooking, after all, has a rich sense of community and history and togetherness, whether it’s through learning to cook, sharing recipes, or cooking for a group, and I like to see that brought out alongside the cut-and-dried instructions – but this one is extremely dense.  Even the recipes themselves are written out in conversational paragraphs, as opposed to numbered lists.

Plus, all the recipes have snooty-sounding titles, like, “A pilaf of asparagus, fava beans, and mint,” or “A chilled soup of goat cheese and beets,” or “Sprouting and blood oranges on a frosty May day.”  Yikes.

(One of my favorite names so far is “An extremely moist chocolate-beet cake with creme fraiche and poppy seeds.”)

In sum: it is not a cookbook for beginners.


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Remember Texts From Jane Eyre? Now it’s a book!

There was going to be a YouTube show, GAME_JAM, in which prominent indie game developers created a game, from concept to completion, in a matter of days (a “game jam”). It would have brought the indie game community into the spotlight and showcased some incredible talent. Instead, it went down in a flaming mess of bad sponsors, terrible contracts, and worse sexism on the first day of shooting:

It went on down the line. Is Zoe off her game? Are women coders a disadvantage to their groups? Point by point, the questions were shot down, until he reached Adriel’s team and asked if they were at any sort of advantage by having a pretty girl with them…Adriel built shit that flies around in space. It’s probably flying around in space right now.

(That story is extremely comprehensive; this one is a little easier to follow if you, like me, had never even heard of a game jam before today but still want to know what stupid things are being done in the gaming industry.) While it’s disappointing that all of this talent went into production expecting a chance to collaborate, and what that particular director and the reality TV drama machine as a whole did to it is inexcusable, it’s inspiring and encouraging that all 16 participants chose to walk out of the project.

“We found evidence that films that feature meaningful interactions between women may in fact have a better return on investment, overall, than films that don’t.”

I very much enjoyed this piece about “the Valley of Sucking.

Top Ten Tuesday: Stepping Stones

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Today, we’re looking back on our lives as readers and giving shout-outs to the books that led us along our way.

1. American Girl books. I owned (okay, still own) tons of these books. They were often educational, sometimes inspiring, and always interesting.

2. “Amelia’s Notebook” by Marissa Moss. I’ve slacked off on journaling over the last several years, but when I was younger, I journaled constantly. “Amelia’s Notebook” helped me sort out growing-up issues and also inspired a little more personality in my own diary writing.

3. Animorphs by KA Applegate. Remember Scholastic book orders? I think I can safely attribute my discovery of written science fiction to these books. I was very pleased to see that they had been reissued in the last year or so.

4. “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. I read almost all of Crichton’s books between seventh and eighth grade, but “Jurassic Park” stands out.

5. “Insomnia” by Stephen King. This was in eighth grade. I was feeling pretty grown-up now that I was reading stuff like Michael Crichton books, so I thought I would dive into Stephen King. I think I made it through this book and part of “It” before I realized I had completely overshot.

6. “Illustrated Man” by Ray Bradbury. I wish I could remember exactly when I first read this because it’s had a huge impact on both my reading and writing lives ever since.

7. “Arrows of the Queen” by Mercedes Lackey. I got this trilogy for my 13th birthday. My mom had been asking her friends for suggestions for fantasy authors, and Lackey’s name had come up. Thus began a years-long journey to acquire full bookshelf of Lackey books, and a certain guilty-pleasure appreciation for cliché fantasy novels.

8. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Originally I read this for high school. Much discussion of the green light ensued, and I didn’t read it again until college – only to discover that I really enjoyed it. That re-read encouraged me to revisit some of the other classics that I had written off in high school.

9. “The Castle of Crossed Destinies” by Italo Calvino. I might have enjoyed this one more if I had more of an understanding of tarot cards, but even without that, this book makes for a very interesting read. It helps me keep an open mind when approaching other surrealist/meta works.

10. Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I knew there was more to graphic novels than just Marvel and DC superheroes, but I had no idea where to start exploring them. I don’t remember what prompted me to pick “Sandman,” but it opened the door to less mainstream graphic novels, and made me unashamed to start adding more graphic novels – including lots of X-Men – to my shelves.


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A feminist defense of Cinderella: “Being a feminist does not mean an overall rejection of everything it means to be a traditional girl.”

Become a patron of the arts at Patreon!

Adagio Tea now has Doctor Who blends. Captain Jack’s and River Song’s in particular sound delicious!

“Women were created and called out right at creation as warriors.”



I’m entering week three of partial self-employment. I say “partial” because technically my pastor is my boss now (yikes), but the responsibility of setting and keeping to a schedule, meeting goals, and generally being productive is all on me. I’ve completed and submitted one short story, started an article and proposal, and consumed a lot of tea. I will probably continue to post sporadically, but not because of tendonitis – because I’m going to try to start selling some of the things I would ordinarily post here for free.

The article, for example, is about a revelation I had recently regarding my own feminism. I read a particular article and immediately started a new blog post to respond – only to realize hey, somebody might buy this. It’s worth a try, at least.

I thought about starting a new blog, in line with the things that I want to focus on now, but this one has already been through so many evolutions – anecdotal, travelogue, body-image, geek central – that another season of change probably won’t hurt it.

I even thought about going back and hiding some of the early posts, either because they are embarrassing, irrelevant, or some combination of both. I think – for now, at least – I’ll leave everything the way it is. For one thing, I ain’t got time to go through those archives. For another, they represent who I was and where I’ve come from.

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On racial conversations: “I have these conversations when I go to Target and I can’t find a tan doll that looks like my daughter…I have these conversations when I go to Target and I can’t find a tan doll that looks like my daughter.” And they need to keep happening, particularly among college students. I can definitely relate to being the white girl in the comfy liberal arts institution, trying to talk intelligently about race and having absolutely no ground to stand on.

Sarah Bessey has an awesome Pinterest board where she collects inspiring, beautiful, talented women from around the world and throughout history. Follow it!

Speaking of legends, here’s a great piece about Marie Curie, celebrity, and science.

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2014 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

These are things I hope to read this spring. Let’s aim for five books because – well, see my previous TTT posts or my Goodreads TBR list for an indication of how awesome I am at following through on these.

1. “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller.  I am so late to this party. I think I got this from someone who was handing out copies on campus, which means I’ve had it on my shelf for at least five years.

2. “Jesus Feminist” by Sarah Bessey. When I was first tipped off to the Faith & Culture Writers Conference, I was not exactly thrilled about going – until I saw that book title associated with Bessey, one of the speakers.  There are enough people who consider themselves Christ-followers and feminists that there’s a book for them? A book that people have read? And the author is invited to speak at a conference? Yusss.

3. Wonder Woman books.  I have a list of graphic novels to check out so I can finally experience Wonder Woman beyond the Justice League cartoon.

4. “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene. At least until my head explodes.

5. “Neuromancer” by William Gibson. I read “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson recently. It was my first foray into cyberpunk, and now the part of my brain that’s a rabid but deprived science-fiction fan is rocking back and forth whispering “more, preciousss.

Yes, that seems doable. Let’s just ignore that I’ve been meaning to read “Blue Like Jazz” for about half a decade, shall we?