Stacking the Shelves #3 & Diversity Bingo

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga for the book community to share what we’ve added to our TBR lists or bought this week. Go here to find out more!

I am super tired after a long day out today to the Into the Unknown exhibition at the Barbican, so I’m going to try and shoot through this so I can flop on the sofa. As usual, I have added too many books to my shelves this week even though I am still progressing incredibly slowly through my current books! I’ve also (finally) included my very sparse Diversity Bingo!


I didn’t purchase any books this week. I tried! I have some vouchers that I was going to get some books with but didn’t realise that books from the store were so expensive nowadays, so I’m probably going to use the vouchers for something else instead. I didn’t rent any more books from Prime reader either.


I went on a little bit of a requesting spree last week, but before StS #2 I had only been approved for the Sum of Us. Since then I have had 2 more books approved, but no word yet for When Dimple Met Rishi & The Hazel Wood.

Queering Sexual Violence ed. by Jennifer Patterson // Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

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The Erasure of Pacific Islander Books

I had a few ideas for different posts I wanted to do today, however after seeing Anjulie Te Pohe‘s awareness raising post ‘Pacific Islander Books and Erasure’ I decided that I wanted to bring it to others’ attention as well. As Anjulie explains, “Though there are many Pacific Islander (PI) books they aren’t often discussed in the book community. This was highlighted in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May when Pacific Islanders were all but erased from the conversation.”

As a white, British person I was struck firstly by the fact that I have never even heard of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. My country seems to *just* about manage Black History Month and Pride month (but even then it entirely depends on where you are), and sadly many other important months are entirely forgotten about or disregarded. I was even more surprised that I had not heard of it from the book blogging community during the month of May or throughout my many years of tumblr. It wasn’t until Anjulie’s post that I became aware of it.

And this is a massive part of the problem. Not only is AAPIHM erased by many countries, but, as Anjulie demonstrates, Pacific Islanders continue to be erased even within AAPIHM. For Anjulie, this was exemplified in the book community throughout AAPIHM where, despite dozens of lists featuring books for AAPIHM, almost none of these included books by PIs. Having looked through the list provided by Anjulie myself, almost all of the works included by others were by or about Asian-American’s or Asian people. On one list, there were 52 books selected by the Los Angeles Public Library. Of these books, only 1 book was set in the Pacific Islands (Hawaii) but it was focused on the life of a Korean man. The list also included multiple works by or about Egyptians (which is in Africa, not Asia or the Pacific Islands). Whilst it is obviously important to include the works of Asian and Asian-American’s, I was surprised at just how deep the erasure of PIs ran. Anjulie believes that this is in part due to the conflation of Pacific Island and Asian identities which result in many people not knowing what the Pacific Islands are. Anjulie explains the difference between the Pacific Islands and Asia as follows:

Asian and Pacific Islander are two different umbrella identities that encompass people from two different regions. Asia covers many countries including China, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iraq, and Syria. Pacific Islander is an umbrella term for three different regions i.e. Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. The Pacific Islands include Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Hawaii, The Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and The Marshall Islands.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Children’s Books

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday was soooo good, we couldn’t help but do 5 choices each. Check out our list of 20 children’s books we loved as children!

Happy Homo Book Club

T5W children's books

We’re back for Top 5 Wednesday. Fashionably late as always but still in time for the end of Wednesday! This week the Happy Homo Book Club brings you Children’s books and we’ve included some of our most loved and well-read books from when we were children. It was incredibly hard to narrow our choices down – even to 5 choices each – as we were all little bookworms as children. There are of course so many more books we would love to include, but here are 20 recommendations for now 😉


1) A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett


All of the Tiffany Aching books have a special place in my heart, more so than any other work by Pratchett. The hilarious yet homely characters really remind me of my home in Yorkshire. Of course the magic kind of helps to make fun, but the ordinariness of Tiffany…

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Top 10 Tuesday #1 – Graphic Novels to read in 2017

Of course, Top 10 Tuesday would go on a hiatus at the time when I wanted to get involved! No fear though, while the creator of T10T over at The Broke and the Bookish may be on a break, people are still participating with their own topics in the mean time! I’ve decided to do the same topic as the lovely Kate (Reading Through Infinity) this week, who exposed me to T10T in the first place, on “Top 10 Graphic Novels to read in 2017”. I really love graphic novels and have some amazzzzzinnggggg ones on my TBR list that I want to share with you all!

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The Radium Girls Review

Star Rating
Originally posted on the Happy Homo Book Club

Ever heard of Catherine Donohue, Grace Fryer or Katherine Schaub? No? And yet these women have likely saved you from enduring the same bone-splintering fate from radium poisoning.

Kate Moore’s “Radium Girls” gives us a very personal and up-front account of the labouring women of the early 20th century whose bodies literally crumbled in front of their loved ones, while the denial of radium poisoning by greedy businessmen continued to cost more women’s lives.

Definitely a must-read for everyone but of particular interest to anyone interested in Feminist and Marxist histories.

Most of us have come across the name radium at one point or another, whether it be in a school science lesson or through one of the many pop culture references to it. Before reading this book the only things I knew about radium were from the Fallout game franchise, in which you live in a world destroyed by nuclear fallout and try to survive attacks from “horribly irradiated” creatures such as feral ghouls. However, like many others, I knew almost nothing of the real world ‘Radium Fever’ that swept across the world during the early 20th century; a time which saw radium used in almost all everyday items such as a chocolate, water, toothpaste, cosmetics, and in clocks and watches.

dial-paintersEnter Kate Moore‘s “Radium Girls”, a richly woven historical account of America’s ‘shining women’ who worked in the dial-painting factories during the radium boom the early 20th century. Thought of as the luckiest girls on earth for getting to work with the ‘health miracle‘, hundreds of girls sat down to work every day at the factories where they diligently painted clock and watch faces in the very way in which they were shown to. Lip, Dip, Paint. Who would have thought that such a short and simple phrase could cast such a chill down one’s spine?

As a self-proclaimed “story-teller and non-academic”, Moore takes us on an illuminating historical journey into the horrifying consequences of such a simple act of putting a paintbrush to one’s lips and the diabolical cover-ups of their bone-cracking suffering by the very radium corporations that they ended up giving their lives to. As a student of History, I have read many dry historical accounts and have found that these often focus more on historical events than the lives of the very people who were involved in the making of those events. Frustrated with such an approach to a sensitive, emotive and hard-hitting injustice, Moore used her strengths as a storyteller to really focus on the experiences of the girl’s themselves. Following a number of women from the United States Radium Corporation and Radium Dial Corporation factories, we don’t just get to know these women but come to develop a surprising closeness with them as we watch them, literally, begin to disintegrate before the very eyes of their loved ones.

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