Notes on rape culture

Notes on rape culture
Created by Ranger Cervix & Kate Seewald of ActionAid / Safe Cities for Women

Recently an Irish politician said he had never heard a rape joke. The premise of his tweet was that rape culture doesn’t exist; the only evidence he produced was that he made it to his 50s without ever experiencing it.

Many questioned whether he had, in fact, never heard a rape joke. Some pointed out that he probably had, in the form of “backs against the wall” or “dropping the soap in prison” jokes, but he didn’t see them as rape jokes. Guess what? They are.

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5 questions with Lisa Gardner

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner. No affiliate links included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

I love discovering new authors. I especially love when those authors have large back catalogues. Lisa Gardner is one of those authors. When I read and enjoyed Find Her early last year, I knew I’d search out the other books.

To mark the publication of her latest novel, Right Behind YouLisa Gardner took some time to answer my questions.

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

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Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie | Book Review

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher, Sphere, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

When the remains of a policeman are found in a burnt out car DS Pearson and DC Russell know they will be under extra scrutiny as they try to solve the case. The powers that be will want answers that don’t damage the reputation of the police force.

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Notes on being pro-choice

Notes on being pro-choice

I haven’t always been pro-choice. For years I didn’t really consider the issue of abortion at all, but if asked I would say I was more pro-life than pro-choice. Yet, I struggled to explain what I meant when pressed further. I could understand where both sides were coming from, which in many ways can be a good thing. When it comes to the issue of abortion though, it can leave you feeling adrift.

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5 questions with Liz Nugent

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) from the publisher, via Netgalley, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Lying in Wait was one of my favourite books of 2016. I raved about it when I first read it and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen ever since. So when I was asked to take part in the blog tour for the paperback release, I jumped at the chance.

Thank you to Liz Nugent for taking time out of her writing schedule to answer my questions.

Lying In Wait Paperback Cover

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes | Book Review

Relativity by Antonia Hayes. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher, Corsair, included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Sometimes you come across a book that is so completely worth the hype you half suspect anyone who doesn’t like it is deliberately going against the grain. It seems almost impossible that everyone wouldn’t fall in love with it as much as you. Relativity by Antonia Hayes is that book.

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All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan | Book Review

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan. Advance Reader Copy (eARC) via Netgalley included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

Melody Shee is pregnant and alone. Her husband, Pat, left her when she told him about her affair. But even he doesn’t know the truth. Melody doesn’t dare tell anyone that she slept with 17 year-old Martin Toppy. She was supposed to be teaching him to read and write.

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Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan | Book Review

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan. Advance Reader Copy (ARC) from the author included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Through the Barricades by Denise Deegan

Maggie Gilligan wants to make a difference in the world. She has to, for her father. She is willing to do whatever it takes.

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Notes on reading differently

Notes on reading differently

A common feature of my monthly reads posts last year was me talking about how I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to. Concentration was not my friend in 2016. There were times when I wanted to read, but couldn’t focus on the words in front of me.

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