My reading life: Quarterly review

Books I have finished so far this year: Non-fiction Sex education: The Gospel of Ruth, by Carolyn Custis James (5/5) Good Christian Sex, by Bromleigh McCleneghan (5/5) Pure, by Linda Kay Klein (5/5) Motherhood: Little Labours, by Rivka Galchen (5/5) Working Mums, edited by Danielle Ross Walls and Louise Correcha (4/5) Fiction Of Mice and…

An odd but charming moment from my day

I escaped Westfield, and spotted my bike, which I had locked to a tree out the front. A brief moment of panic overtook me. In my absense, this particular tree, with its attachment, seemed to have become a site for a conference of old people. I got the sense they were waiting for a ride.…

Love pours out of me like vomit

Content warning: Some readers may find this piece confronting Love pours out of me like vomit did when I was pregnant. When pregnant, sometimes I could literally feel my energy pulling from every cell of my body into my womb. No wonder I was exhausted. The baby was dragging my lifeforce into himself. And my…

Healthy Masculinity Looks Like…

I would like to talk about masculinity, and in particular healthy masculinity. Gilette recently put out an ad which sparked a public discussion about toxic masculinity. Some men seem to have interpreted the message of “toxic masculinity is bad” to mean “masculinity is bad” and therefore “all men are bad” and therefore “I am bad”.…

The Nature of Naptime

There is a constant attentiveness involved with being a mother. Annabel Crabbe, when attempting to describe what kind of “work” is involved in mothering, writes about lying on the couch reading a book while the kids play. She is not doing any childcare “work” in that moment. But she also can’t nip down to the…

My 2018 in Books

Last year I started keeping track of books I finished once Finley was born, in late February. So if I did finish any books in January or the first part of February, they are lost to the annals of history. Part One: My reading in 2018 In 2018 I read 20 books: Fiction: The Last…

50-word book reviews from 2017 – Part Two

It only took me all of 2018 and a bit of 2019 to complete! See part one. July Persuasion, Jane Austen, novel, 5/5, re-read Rated highest number of likeable characters in an Austen novel. I enjoyed the pace of the love story: slow, then exploding all at once. I love the unexpected dramatic incident, and…