ARC Review: The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African-American Vaudeville | A Comprehensive Look at the Evolution of the Blues

TITLE: The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African-American Vaudeville 1899-1926
AUTHOR: Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: February 2017; University Press of Mississippi
GENRE: Non-Fiction
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: black southern vaudeville, development of the blues, leading role of women of colour, racial segregation, appropriation by white people, academic text
REPRESENTATION:
women of colour, bisexual woc, lesbian woc, people of colour 
CONTENT NOTICES:
minstrelsy, racism, racial segregation and Jim Crow, alchoholism

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What’s to Come // July 2017

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

Hey again everyone! Look how good I’m being with posting consistently at the moment (although HA lets see how long this lasts for). 

I thought this would be a great time to post up my first outlook on what (I hope) the month of July might bring in terms of reading, playing and blogging. I’ve found it really hard to regularly blog without a schedule, so I’m hoping that doing this will actually give me some structure and something to aim for so that I can post more! So, here are my goals for this month, what are yours?


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Need to finish

590b776511ff5.imageI desperately need to finish Radium Girls. It’s an amazing ARC I got from Netgalley on the 22nd April about the women who worked as dial-painters in America during the 1920s, and who fought relentlessly for years for the Radium companies they worked for to take responsibility for the toxic radium poisoning many of the girls got, which lead to a horrendous amount of death and suffering. Whilst I’m really enjoying the book so far, I’m quite a slow reader and this seems to be a little bit on the lengthy side book. Having said that I’m now on 54% so hopefully I can finish it this month. When I first joined Netgalley I didn’t understand how it actually worked, so requested and was approved for loaaaaads of non-fiction books which always take me forever to read D: One day I’ll finish what I have, so I can actually request some fiction (and get approved for them).

I’m also in the middle of reading the amazing ‘The Spectacle’ edition of Skin Deep’s bi-annual publication which I really want to finish and write a glowing review for. For something which I got for a really reasonable £6, it’s packed full of amazing opinion pieces, art and design work, and interviews on issues of race and culture in an enjoyable, more accessible format than online blog posts and academic articles sometimes are.

TBR

In addition to Radium Girls, I’ve set myself 3 other books I would like to read at the very least. I bought I’ll Give You the Sun with my birthday gift card back in April (!!) but haven’t gotten around to reading it. I just got The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet for £1 on Amazon as I’ve wanted to read it for the past year and am jealous of everyone else getting to read the next instalment, A Closed and Common Orbit. I also want to finish one of my other Netgalley ARC’s, True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the end of the 20th Century. If I manage to finish all of those, maybe I can even slip The Ocean at the End of the Lane in!

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The Greek Gods Book Tag

PAINT AND PAPER (1)

This book tag was created by Book Bum and I found it on allonsythornraxx’s blog!

RULES

  • Pingback to me here so I can read all you posts!
  • You can use these graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please, share the love.

Click on the book titles beneath the covers to got the Goodreads pages!


Zeus

ZEUS – King of the Gods: your favourite book

ootp-uk-kids-cover-artHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

I debated about putting this as my favourite book, given my distancing from the HP Universe thanks to Rowling’s insistent ‘death of the author’ mission. However, even when I can remove myself from the rest of the universe, I still get such warm glowy feels from this book and can’t deny that it’s probably one of my favourite books.

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