Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Bygone Badass Broads’ by Mackenzi Lee

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is all about about kick ass ladies from history: Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee!

From the author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Triple-B is inspired by the weekly Twitter series of the same name.

Lee’s illustrated nonfiction collection will explore 52 trailblazing and amazing women from around the world and throughout history.

BBB lands on shelves (and the patriarchy) everywhere on March 6, 2018.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s February 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Who doesn’t love stacks of books!?

I give you Bookstagram, the section of Instagram where bibliophiles the world over share their books covers and take part in book photo challenges.

While I participated in some February challenges, like red and pink books covered in hearts, the majority of my Bookstagram this month was made up on the fly.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s November 2015 Book Haul

New Book Releases – Part 1

November 2015 Book Haul New

Slade House (UK Edition) by David Mitchell
Winter: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
She Walks in Shadows [edited] by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles

Slade House – Closer Look

Slade House Cover Book Haul

New Book Releases – Part 2

Alice Wonderland November 2015 Book Haul

The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by Lewis Carroll, [edited] by Martin Gardner
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Rifle Paper Co. Edition) by Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll

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And We’ll Never Be Royals: Cassie-la Explores “Elizabeth of York” by Alison Weir

Elizabeth of York Alison WeirElizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir (Galley)
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Genre: Nonfiction, history, princesses, the Tudors, she’s basically Sansa Stark but with more alleged incest
Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars

Summary: A historical, nonfiction look at Queen Elizabeth of York, whose spot on the throne of England and marriage to her rival Henry Tudor helped end the War of the Roses.  The mother of Henry VIII and grandmother to Elizabeth I, Elizabeth of York may not have been allowed to rule in her own right, but she would go on to help create the famed Tudor dynasty and was widely loved and revered by her people. Daughter of a King, niece of a King, wife to a King, mother to a King, but never herself a King, this is the tale of the life of Elizabeth  of York.

The mother of Henry VIII, Elizabeth of York was the first child of King Edward IV, niece and possible consort to her uncle and King Richard III, sister to nine other children (two of whom became the famed Princes in the Tower), grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I and descendent of all current royals today. Due to her charitable donations, kindness and piety, she was known as the Gracious Queen and the good Queen Elizabeth.

This in-depth look into the life of Elizabeth of York explores the much-loved Queen from her birth into a life of royalty, her teenage years in sanctuary, involvement in the War of the Roses, her eventual marriage to Henry Tudor, the birth of her own children and her sudden and unexpected death at 37.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: November 19, 2013

Let Me Off at the Top! by Ron BurgundyLet Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life & Other Musings by Ron Burgundy

The autobiography every true American has been waiting for: a shockingly candid and raw confessional from a national treasure.

From his humble beginnings in a desolate Iowa coal mining town, his years at Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School to his odds-defying climb to the dizzying heights of becoming America’s most trusted and beloved television News Anchor, Ron Burgundy pulls no punches in Let Me Off at the Top!

In his very own words Burgundy reveals his most private thoughts, his triumphs and his disappointments. His life reads like an adventure story complete with knock down fights, beautiful women and double-fisted excitement on every page. He has hunted jackalopes with Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford, had more than his share of his amorous exploits, and formed the greatest on-air team in the history of televised news. Along the way, he hobnobbed with people you wish you knew and some you honestly wish you didn’t — celebrities, presidents, presidents’ wives, celebrities’ wives, dogs, and, of course Veronica Corningstone, the love of his life. Walter Cronkite, Barbra Streisand, Katie Couric, the list goes on. Who didn’t Mr. Burgundy, or “Ron” as he is known to his friends, rub elbows with in the course of his colorful and often criminal life?

This may well be the most thrilling book ever written, by a man of great physical, moral and spiritual strength and not surprisingly a great literary talent as well. This book deserves a real shot at a Pulitzer Prize. In fact if it doesn’t win one then we will finally have proof that the Pulitzer is rigged.

Ron Burgundy has taken the time to write a book. We owe it to him, as honest Americans, to read it.


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Damsels Not in Distress: Cassie-la Bows to “Princesses Behaving Badly” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Princesses Behaving Badly Linda Rodriguez McrobbiePrincesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date
: November 19, 2013
Genre: Nonfiction, history, princesses, humor, I’m still angry that Alice can’t be in the Disney princess line
Rating: 3.89 out of 5 stars

Summary: Not all princesses are of the prince-marrying and living happily ever after variety. Some of them would rather fight, kill and scheme to get their way rather than lay around hoping that one day an attractive man will show up and kiss them while they sleep. Within this book, author Linda Rodriguez McRobbie compiles true life stories of royalty who broke the Disney mold to show that not all princesses are created equal and that life is anything but a fairy tale.

As explained in its introduction, Princesses Behaving Badly seeks to destroy the myth of the “Princess Industrial Complex” covered in the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein. It argues that this belief in the fantasy princess life perpetuated by Disney and the real-life Kate Middleton is a dangerous one because no one seems to realize this imaginary world is an unrealistic one with harrowing real life consequences, such as the death of Princess Diana.

It explores this idea by detailing stories of princesses who don’t fit into this mold, presenting easy to read and digest mini-biographies of real world princesses who were anything but the well-behaved marriage alliance, baby-making machines and damsels in distresses we know from fairy tales.

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