Archive for December, 2020

Popsugar 2021

  1. A book that published in 2021
  2. An Afrofuturist book
  3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
  4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
  5. A dark academia book
  6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
  7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job
  8. A book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction
  9. A book with a family tree
  10. A bestseller from the 1990s
  11. A book about forgetting
  12. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)
  13. A locked-room mystery
  14. A book set in a restaurant
  15. A book with a black-and-white cover
  16. A book by an indigenous author
  17. A book that has the same title as a song
  18. A book about a subject you are passionate about
  19. A book that discusses body positivity
  20. A book on a Black Lives Matter reading list
  21. A genre hybrid
  22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
  23. A book with something broken on the cover
  24. A book by a Muslim American author
  25. A book that was published anonymously
  26. A book with an oxymoron in the title
  27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts
  28. A magical realism book
  29. A book set in multiple countries
  30. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
  31. A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality
  32. A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”
  33. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
  34. A book about a social justice issue
  35. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
  36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
  37. A book you think your best friend would like
  38. A book about art or an artist
  39. A book everyone seems to have read but you
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


  1. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  2. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  3. The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover
  4. The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover
  5. The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
  6. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t
  7. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing
  8. A book from your TBR list chosen at random
  9. A DNF book from your TBR list
  10. A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library)

by Hallie Rubenhold

popsugarreadingchallenge prompt 23: Won and award in 2019

What a book! Interesting, well-researched, accessible, thought-provoking and attitude-shifting. It is with some shame that I realised that I, along with most people, know nothing of the victims and much of the murderer that was Jack the Ripper.

This book set that right. It is a most interesting, well researched and well written account of the lives of the five women. And what lives they had. The image of ‘olden days’ life always puts the fantasized in a position of wealth – we are all upstairs at Downton Abbey in our imaginings. In actual fact, life for most people in in the 1800s, and especially women and even more especially poor women, was pretty horrible. It was a hard grind with no support either from the government or society. It seems the only support anyone in dire situations had was the meagre offerings of other people in equally as terrible a situation.
And it is from the lofty positions of a sanitised 20th century that we have looked back and judged these murder victims as ‘just prostitutes’. We cannot for one second suppose any right to judge the lives these women live. The problem in the ‘just prostitutes’, as examined by this book, is in the use of both ‘just’ and ‘prostitute’. Only one of the women was a self identified sex worker. For the others, the exchange of sex for survival is more complicated than is allowed by that moniker. But more importantly is the use of ‘just’. Being a sex worker does not mean you deserve to be murdered. These women should not have been written off because of their perceived life style choices (although the word choices here makes me want to cry).

I was angered, saddened, appalled and heartened by the ways these women lived in the hardest of times.
Wonderful book, well narrated and completely absorbing. Just read it/listen to it and I promise you will be astounded at how differently you feel about this case and yourself afterwards.