It’s time for #boutofbooks again! YAY!

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m joining this time again, full-on! I actually have the day off tomorrow, so I can spend, most of my day reading! My workdays will be a bit shorter than usual (I work in IT at a school nowadays, and the students still have spring-holiday next week, so there is less need of my services), which also equals more reading time. And next weekend is also delightfully empty and this means EVEN MORE READING OPPURTUNITY! I might go to the sauna on sunday though. Which just means reading while naked.

I went goalless the last few times, which I enjoyed. The only thing I am changing this year is that I am doing some sort of TBR, which consists of the following physical books:

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I also have some ebooks I want to finish or dive into, and will continue an audiobook on my commute (at the parts where I can’t read).

A list of the aforementioned books (because lists are lovely):

  • De dinosauriërs: ontdekkingen, soorten, ondergang
  • Man en vrouw – Margaret Mead
  • Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  • Boven Water – Margaret Atwood
  • Priestess of the white – Trudi Canavan
  • Halting state – Charless Stross
  • The bonds of love – Jessica Benjamin
  • Exile – Chris Ward
  • Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation
  • Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C Clarke

And now I’m off to bed (after preparing a batch of cold brew to drink tomorrow <3), and really looking forward to tomorrow!

I popped my “funding a crowdsourcing campaign”-cherry with Kimchi Cuddles!

I follow a range of webcomics (like Questionable Content, Robot Hugs, Unspeakable Vault (of Doom), xkcd). Kimchi Cuddles is one of my favourites. I absolutely adore this series, because it shows how I “do” my relationships. It discusses all kinds of poly an non-monogamy, gender(queerness) in many forms and a lot of alternative sexualities.

Tivka Wolf (the artist) has started a indiegogo campaign to make a book out of these comics, arranged by category. I’ve never financially backed any crowdsourcing thing, and I think this is the most awesome campaign to pop my crowdsourcing-cherry! So, check out Kimchi Cuddles, and spend some moneys, to make a book filled with these cool comics come true!

You can find the Indiegogo campaign HERE. Do check out all the awesome perks, which include an e-book of the Kimchi Cuddles book ($15), a paperback version ($25) and many other awesome (e-)books about alternative relationships (from $30 and on!).

[Review] Yelling at books: a review of The Inclusion Imperative

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Title: The Inclusion Imperative: How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Builds Better Societies
Author: Stephen Frost
Source: Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review
Tl;dr: “The Inclusion Imperative is a useful SUCKY guide for professionals wishing to develop a genuinely diverse workforce MISUNDERSTANDING OF KEY CONCEPTS IN GENDER STUDIES and an inclusive workplace, but who are frustrated at the inadequacy of guidance NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND BETTER RESOURCES currently available to them.”

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Disclaimer: I did not finish this book, so my review is only based on the first third of the book.

I talk to inanimate objects. The food I’m cooking, the computer I’m working on, that one object on the shelf that keeps sliding onto the floor. I also talk back to the shows I’m watching, and will nod to radio-presenters if they say stuff I agree with (or yell at them, when they are saying nonsensical things). I interact with the world in an active way, you might say.

However, when I start yelling at books and feel like I want to tear the pages out (which, I might add, is especially hard when reading an ebook), and when all the comments I making are IN ALL CAPS and consist of many quotes of things that show a complete misunderstanding of key concepts like privilige and notes like “BULLSHIT”, I might have to tone down my active interactions a bit. So I stopped, after just reading one third of the book.

I am quite disappointed, because the topic, inclusion in the workplace, is very dear to me. I work in IT. Women and PoC are underrepresented in this field. I hoped this book would give me more insight in how this could be changed. Instead it gave me an endless introduction the Olympics (it was the use case, but still it got too much attention), way to much telling me why I should read the book (I’m already reading it! Why spend pages selling it to me?), unclear set-up of the book (I completely lost track of what the author tried to tell me multiple times), and a complete disregard of all the work in inclusion that has been done before (everyone did it WRONG and now the author is RIGHT). Not to mention the aforementioned wrong understanding of male/white privilege (Yes, white/male/straight people can come from disadvantageous backgrounds; however, however, that is not what privilege is about).

So, don’t read this book. And if you do, make sure you get it in print, so you can throw it out of the window or use it as a punching bag.